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 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!  Paizo.com is not being tracked, and since EN World absorbed a large influx of members after the WotC forums closed, EN World is also not being tracked as it would skew the figures.

Historical data is available to EN World subscribers
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Hot Roleplaying Games
1 World of Darkness 9.9%
2 Savage Worlds 9.13%
3 Call of Cthulhu 6.19%
4 Traveller 6.11%
5 ICONS 5.1%
6 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 4.64%
7 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 4.49%
8 Shadowrun 4.41%
9 Warhammer 40K 4.18%
10 GURPS 4.1%
11 Dungeon World 4.02%
12 Dread 3.17%
13 Exalted 3.02%
14 RIFTS 2.94%
15 Warhammer FRP 2.47%
16 Gumshoe* 2.4%
17 Cypher System 2.09%
18 Apocalypse World 1.78%
19 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 1.7%
20 The One Ring 1.47%
21 HERO System / Champions 1.39%
22 Alternity 1.24%
23 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 1.16%
24 13th Age 1.16%
25 Eclipse Phase 1.08%
26 Deadlands 1.08%
27 Firefly 0.93%
28 Stars Without Number 0.93%
29 True20 0.62%
30 Feng Shui 0.62%
31 Gamma World 0.62%
32 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.54%
33 Mutant Chronicles 0.54%
34 Ars Magica 0.46%
35 d20 Modern 0.46%
36 Fading Suns 0.46%
37 Earthdawn 0.46%
38 Star Wars (FFG) 0.39%
39 CORTEX System* 0.39%
40 BESM 0.31%
41 DC Heroes 0.31%
42 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.23%
43 Aberrant 0.23%
44 Rotted Capes 0.23%
45 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.15%
46 Brave New World 0.15%
47 Colonial Gothic 0.15%
48 Ashen Stars 0.08%
49 d20 Future 0.08%
50 Star Trek* 0.08%
51 Paranoia 0.08%
52 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.08%
53 TMNT 0%
54 Star Wars (d6) 0%
55 Smallville 0%
56 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
57 Runequest 0%
58 Iron Kingdoms 0%
59 Hobomancer 0%
60 FATE 0%
61 0%
62 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
63 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
64 Marvel SAGA 0%
65 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
66 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 53.31%
2 Pathfinder RPG 11.7%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 10.07%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 9.76%
5 D&D 4th Edition 6.48%
6 AD&D 2nd Edition 3.57%
7 Dungeon Crawl Classics 2.03%
8 OD&D 1.34%
9 Castles & Crusades 0.49%
10 13th Age 0.43%
11 Hackmaster 0.43%
12 AD&D 1st Edition 0.29%
13 Chainmail 0.11%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 39.05%
2 Pathfinder RPG 8.57%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 7.38%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 7.15%
5 D&D 4th Edition 4.74%
6 World of Darkness 2.68%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 2.61%
8 Savage Worlds 2.47%
9 Call of Cthulhu 1.67%
10 Traveller 1.65%
11 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.48%
12 ICONS 1.38%
13 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 1.25%
14 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 1.21%
15 Shadowrun 1.19%
16 Warhammer 40K 1.13%
17 GURPS 1.11%
18 Dungeon World 1.09%
19 OD&D 0.98%
20 Dread 0.86%
21 Exalted 0.82%
22 RIFTS 0.79%
23 Warhammer FRP 0.67%
24 Gumshoe* 0.65%
25 Cypher System 0.56%
26 Apocalypse World 0.48%
27 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 0.46%
28 The One Ring 0.4%
29 HERO System / Champions 0.38%
30 Castles & Crusades 0.36%
31 Alternity 0.33%
32 Hackmaster 0.31%
33 13th Age 0.31%
34 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.31%
35 Eclipse Phase 0.29%
36 Deadlands 0.29%
37 Firefly 0.25%
38 Stars Without Number 0.25%
39 AD&D 1st Edition 0.21%
40 True20 0.17%
41 Gamma World 0.17%
42 Feng Shui 0.17%
43 Mutant Chronicles 0.15%
44 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.15%
45 d20 Modern 0.13%
46 Ars Magica 0.13%
47 Fading Suns 0.13%
48 Earthdawn 0.13%
49 Star Wars (FFG) 0.1%
50 CORTEX System* 0.1%
51 Chainmail 0.08%
52 BESM 0.08%
53 DC Heroes 0.08%
54 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.06%
55 Aberrant 0.06%
56 Rotted Capes 0.06%
57 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.04%
58 Brave New World 0.04%
59 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.04%
60 Colonial Gothic 0.04%
61 Ashen Stars 0.02%
62 Paranoia 0.02%
63 Star Trek* 0.02%
64 d20 Future 0.02%
65 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.02%
66 Star Wars (d6) 0%
67 TMNT 0%
68 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
69 Iron Kingdoms 0%
70 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
71 Runequest 0%
72 0%
73 Hobomancer 0%
74 Marvel SAGA 0%
75 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
76 Smallville 0%
77 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
78 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
79 FATE 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!