Hot Roleplaying Games





Hot Roleplaying Games

Over 1000 sites and counting! What's the current zeitgeist? What are the hottest games being talked about right now? This isn't a list of sales figures; it tracks what's currently being talked about using a top secret algorithm. Each game is also conveniently linked to a search for discussion about it right here on EN World, should you want to find out more. The spotlight list changes from time to time. The red and green arrows show a game's general trend over the last 90 days - is it being discussed more or less than it was in the previous 90 days?

This page tracks discussion of over a quarter of a million forum members and approaching a thousand blogs on a selection of major independent RPG discussion forums to create an overall sample from a list including EN World, RPGnet, UK Roleplayers, RPG Geek, the RPG Bloggers network of nearly 300 blogs, the RPG Blog Alliance of nearly 600 blogs, and Reddit.

Click on the little pie-chart icons to dynamically show each chart in pie-chart form.

As of January 2014, RPGNow (DTRPG) and Kickstarter are also being tracked!

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Hot Roleplaying Games
1 13th Age 25.6%
2 Shadowrun 10.4%
3 Savage Worlds 8%
4 FATE 7.2%
5 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 5.6%
6 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 4.8%
7 World of Darkness 4.8%
8 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 4%
9 Warhammer FRP 3.2%
10 Numenera 2.4%
11 Call of Cthulhu 2.4%
12 Traveller 2.4%
13 Dungeon World 1.6%
14 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 1.6%
15 The One Ring 1.6%
16 The Strange 1.6%
17 Runequest 1.6%
18 Colonial Gothic 1.6%
19 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.8%
20 ICONS 0.8%
21 Paranoia 0.8%
22 Star Trek* 0.8%
23 d20 Modern 0.8%
24 Warhammer 40K 0.8%
25 Ars Magica 0.8%
26 Dread 0.8%
27 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.8%
28 RIFTS 0.8%
29 Exalted 0.8%
30 GURPS 0.8%
31 Smallville 0%
32 Brave New World 0%
33 DC Heroes 0%
34 TMNT 0%
35 Aberrant 0%
36 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
37 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
38 Apocalypse World 0%
39 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
40 Ashen Stars 0%
41 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
42 Marvel SAGA 0%
43 Alternity 0%
44 HERO System / Champions 0%
45 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
46 Rotted Capes 0%
47 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0%
48 CORTEX System* 0%
49 Gamma World 0%
50 Gumshoe* 0%
51 Hobomancer 0%
52 Firefly 0%
53 Feng Shui 0%
54 Fading Suns 0%
55 Earthdawn 0%
56 Iron Kingdoms 0%
57 Mutant Chronicles 0%
58 Stars Without Number 0%
59 Eclipse Phase 0%
60 True20 0%
61 d20 Future 0%
62 Star Wars (d6) 0%
63 Dragon Age 0%
64 Deadlands 0%
65 BESM 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 77.69%
2 Pathfinder RPG 8.5%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 5.56%
4 D&D 4th Edition 2.87%
5 13th Age 1.96%
6 Old School Revival (OSR)* 1.59%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.04%
8 AD&D 1st Edition 0.37%
9 OD&D 0.24%
10 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.12%
11 Hackmaster 0.06%
12 Chainmail 0%
13 Castles & Crusades 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 73.43%
2 Pathfinder RPG 8.03%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 5.26%
4 D&D 4th Edition 2.72%
5 13th Age 1.85%
6 Old School Revival (OSR)* 1.5%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.98%
8 Shadowrun 0.75%
9 Savage Worlds 0.58%
10 FATE 0.52%
11 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 0.4%
12 AD&D 1st Edition 0.35%
13 World of Darkness 0.35%
14 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 0.35%
15 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.29%
16 Warhammer FRP 0.23%
17 OD&D 0.23%
18 Traveller 0.17%
19 Call of Cthulhu 0.17%
20 Numenera 0.17%
21 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.12%
22 Colonial Gothic 0.12%
23 The One Ring 0.12%
24 The Strange 0.12%
25 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.12%
26 Dungeon World 0.12%
27 Runequest 0.12%
28 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.12%
29 d20 Modern 0.06%
30 Hackmaster 0.06%
31 Ars Magica 0.06%
32 Warhammer 40K 0.06%
33 Dread 0.06%
34 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.06%
35 Star Trek* 0.06%
36 RIFTS 0.06%
37 Paranoia 0.06%
38 GURPS 0.06%
39 Exalted 0.06%
40 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.06%
41 ICONS 0.06%
42 Ashen Stars 0%
43 Brave New World 0%
44 Aberrant 0%
45 Apocalypse World 0%
46 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
47 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
48 Rotted Capes 0%
49 Smallville 0%
50 TMNT 0%
51 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
52 Alternity 0%
53 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
54 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
55 HERO System / Champions 0%
56 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0%
57 Marvel SAGA 0%
58 DC Heroes 0%
59 d20 Future 0%
60 Firefly 0%
61 Gamma World 0%
62 Gumshoe* 0%
63 Feng Shui 0%
64 Dragon Age 0%
65 Earthdawn 0%
66 Eclipse Phase 0%
67 Fading Suns 0%
68 Hobomancer 0%
69 Iron Kingdoms 0%
70 CORTEX System* 0%
71 Castles & Crusades 0%
72 Chainmail 0%
73 True20 0%
74 Stars Without Number 0%
75 Mutant Chronicles 0%
76 Deadlands 0%
77 Star Wars (d6) 0%
78 BESM 0%
*Items marked with an asterisk are grouped categories containing a number of individual games.

To be tracked, a source needs an RSS feed of new items. If your favourite RPG source is not being tracked, please ask them to activate their RSS feeds! Feeds must be from independent sources only. Individual blogs can join one of the two networks listed to be included. Duplicate results are discarded, so you don't need to join both. Data forms a representative sample based on the named sources, and is not to be viewed as a census of all web traffic on a given subject. There is no top-secret algorithm; it's just a Google joke. Your favourite game is the best one.

Data spans 90 days. Historical data is available by using the dropdown, which displays data based on the 90 days preceding the selected date. External sources began tracking in September 2013, meaning that the data will be most accurate from November 2013. Historical (pre-Pathfinder) references to Paizo have been classified as Pathfinder. Speculation about not-yet announced game editions can cause traffic about games before their announcement, resulting in scores sometimes years before a game existed (there is some D&D 4E speculation dating back to 2003!)

A zero score (0%) does not mean that nobody has mentioned a game anywhere in the last 90 days; it's a statistically significant sample.

For context: "small" numbers may actually be big.  1% means 1 in 100 people are talking about a game.  That's a big, successful game.  5% means 1 in 20 people are talking about a game.  That's not small, that's MASSIVE.  If every game had 5%, there would be only 20 games.  

Try not to be angry. It's just a list of games, not an affirmation of your personal character. Chill!