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, Dragonsfoot, UK Roleplayers, RPG Geek, the RPG Bloggers network of nearly 300 blogs, the RPG Blog Alliance of nearly 600 blogs, and Reddit.

For another take on what's popular, check out my Top 5 RPGs Compiled Charts 2004-Present.

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!  And as of November 2014, at popular request, Paizo's and WotC forums are also being tracked, but are listed separately so as not to skew the figures when compared against other games whose official forums are not being counted.  See the bottom of the page for more info.

Historical data is available to EN World subscribers
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Hot Roleplaying Games
1 FATE 15.04%
2 World of Darkness 11.08%
3 Savage Worlds 5.76%
4 Call of Cthulhu 5.06%
5 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 4.74%
6 Traveller 4.67%
7 Shadowrun 4.03%
8 Dread 3.97%
9 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 3.78%
10 GURPS 3.59%
11 Dungeon World 3.46%
12 ICONS 3.39%
13 Stars Without Number 2.88%
14 Numenera 2.37%
15 Warhammer 40K 2.3%
16 Exalted 2.05%
17 The Strange 1.86%
18 Apocalypse World 1.41%
19 13th Age 1.28%
20 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 1.22%
21 Gumshoe* 1.22%
22 Deadlands 1.22%
23 Warhammer FRP 1.09%
24 Firefly 0.96%
25 d20 Modern 0.9%
26 RIFTS 0.9%
27 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.77%
28 The One Ring 0.77%
29 Feng Shui 0.7%
30 Iron Kingdoms 0.64%
31 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.58%
32 HERO System / Champions 0.58%
33 CORTEX System* 0.58%
34 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.51%
35 Earthdawn 0.51%
36 Ars Magica 0.45%
37 Eclipse Phase 0.45%
38 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.38%
39 Gamma World 0.38%
40 Star Trek* 0.32%
41 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.26%
42 Star Wars (FFG) 0.26%
43 BESM 0.19%
44 TMNT 0.19%
45 Smallville 0.19%
46 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.13%
47 Runequest 0.13%
48 Colonial Gothic 0.13%
49 Aberrant 0.13%
50 Ashen Stars 0.13%
51 Mutant Chronicles 0.06%
52 Fading Suns 0.06%
53 Star Wars (d6) 0.06%
54 Silver Age Sentinels 0.06%
55 Paranoia 0.06%
56 Marvel SAGA 0.06%
57 Rotted Capes 0.06%
58 Brave New World 0%
59 DC Heroes 0%
60 Alternity 0%
61 d20 Future 0%
62 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
63 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
64 True20 0%
65 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
66 Hobomancer 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 52.78%
2 Pathfinder RPG 17.02%
3 Old School Revival (OSR)** 11.12%
4 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 8.68%
5 D&D 4th Edition 6.15%
6 13th Age 0.98%
7 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.83%
8 OD&D 0.83%
9 AD&D 1st Edition 0.54%
10 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.49%
11 Hackmaster 0.39%
12 Castles & Crusades 0.2%
13 Chainmail 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 30.09%
2 Pathfinder RPG 9.71%
3 FATE 6.54%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 6.34%
5 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 4.95%
6 World of Darkness 4.81%
7 D&D 4th Edition 3.5%
8 Savage Worlds 2.5%
9 Call of Cthulhu 2.2%
10 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 2.06%
11 Traveller 2.03%
12 Shadowrun 1.75%
13 Dread 1.72%
14 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 1.64%
15 GURPS 1.56%
16 Dungeon World 1.5%
17 ICONS 1.47%
18 Stars Without Number 1.25%
19 Numenera 1.03%
20 Warhammer 40K 1%
21 Exalted 0.89%
22 The Strange 0.81%
23 Apocalypse World 0.61%
24 13th Age 0.56%
25 Deadlands 0.53%
26 Gumshoe* 0.53%
27 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 0.53%
28 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.47%
29 Warhammer FRP 0.47%
30 OD&D 0.47%
31 Firefly 0.42%
32 d20 Modern 0.39%
33 RIFTS 0.39%
34 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.33%
35 The One Ring 0.33%
36 Feng Shui 0.31%
37 AD&D 1st Edition 0.31%
38 Iron Kingdoms 0.28%
39 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.28%
40 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.25%
41 CORTEX System* 0.25%
42 HERO System / Champions 0.25%
43 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.22%
44 Earthdawn 0.22%
45 Hackmaster 0.22%
46 Ars Magica 0.19%
47 Eclipse Phase 0.19%
48 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.17%
49 Gamma World 0.17%
50 Star Trek* 0.14%
51 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.11%
52 Star Wars (FFG) 0.11%
53 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.11%
54 Castles & Crusades 0.11%
55 TMNT 0.08%
56 BESM 0.08%
57 Smallville 0.08%
58 Ashen Stars 0.06%
59 Aberrant 0.06%
60 Runequest 0.06%
61 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.06%
62 Colonial Gothic 0.06%
63 Star Wars (d6) 0.03%
64 Fading Suns 0.03%
65 Mutant Chronicles 0.03%
66 Paranoia 0.03%
67 Silver Age Sentinels 0.03%
68 Rotted Capes 0.03%
69 Marvel SAGA 0.03%
70 True20 0%
71 Hobomancer 0%
72 d20 Future 0%
73 Alternity 0%
74 Brave New World 0%
75 DC Heroes 0%
76 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
77 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
78 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
79 Chainmail 0%
*Items marked with an asterisk are grouped categories containing a number of individual games.

**OSR Games: OSR games are counted via a system datafile which you can find here. You are able to edit and add games yourself. The system currently tracks over 160 OSR games.

Official websites: Note that official webites are not included; this chart is a sample of independent sources only. Discussion on a publisher's official website may be considerably higher.

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!