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 FATE 13.51%
2 Savage Worlds 8.69%
3 World of Darkness 6.28%
4 Dungeon World 5.55%
5 Call of Cthulhu 5.03%
6 13th Age 4.92%
7 Shadowrun 4.71%
8 Traveller 4.5%
9 Dread 3.98%
10 GURPS 3.77%
11 The Strange 2.93%
12 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 2.51%
13 Warhammer 40K 2.41%
14 Numenera 2.3%
15 RIFTS 2.3%
16 Feng Shui 2.3%
17 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 2.2%
18 ICONS 1.99%
19 Stars Without Number 1.47%
20 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 1.47%
21 Apocalypse World 1.47%
22 Dragon Age 1.15%
23 Deadlands 1.05%
24 d20 Modern 0.94%
25 The One Ring 0.94%
26 BESM 0.94%
27 Star Trek* 0.94%
28 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.84%
29 Warhammer FRP 0.84%
30 Earthdawn 0.73%
31 Firefly 0.73%
32 HERO System / Champions 0.63%
33 Iron Kingdoms 0.63%
34 Exalted 0.63%
35 Gumshoe* 0.63%
36 Colonial Gothic 0.52%
37 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.42%
38 Gamma World 0.42%
39 Ars Magica 0.42%
40 CORTEX System* 0.31%
41 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.31%
42 DC Heroes 0.31%
43 Mutant Chronicles 0.21%
44 Eclipse Phase 0.21%
45 Brave New World 0.1%
46 d20 Future 0.1%
47 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.1%
48 TMNT 0.1%
49 True20 0.1%
50 Aberrant 0.1%
51 Fading Suns 0.1%
52 Marvel SAGA 0.1%
53 Smallville 0.1%
54 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
55 Rotted Capes 0%
56 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
57 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
58 Runequest 0%
59 Ashen Stars 0%
60 Alternity 0%
61 Hobomancer 0%
62 Paranoia 0%
63 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
64 Star Wars (d6) 0%
65 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 67.34%
2 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 8.24%
3 Old School Revival (OSR)* 5.33%
4 Pathfinder RPG 4.46%
5 D&D 4th Edition 3.83%
6 AD&D 2nd Edition 2.62%
7 OD&D 2.47%
8 13th Age 2.28%
9 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.94%
10 Castles & Crusades 0.87%
11 AD&D 1st Edition 0.48%
12 Hackmaster 0.15%
13 Chainmail 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 46.74%
2 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 5.72%
3 FATE 4.34%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)* 3.7%
5 Pathfinder RPG 3.09%
6 Savage Worlds 2.79%
7 D&D 4th Edition 2.66%
8 World of Darkness 2.02%
9 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.82%
10 Dungeon World 1.78%
11 OD&D 1.71%
12 Call of Cthulhu 1.61%
13 13th Age 1.58%
14 Shadowrun 1.51%
15 Traveller 1.45%
16 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.34%
17 Dread 1.28%
18 GURPS 1.21%
19 The Strange 0.94%
20 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 0.81%
21 Warhammer 40K 0.77%
22 RIFTS 0.74%
23 Numenera 0.74%
24 Feng Shui 0.74%
25 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 0.71%
26 ICONS 0.64%
27 Castles & Crusades 0.61%
28 Apocalypse World 0.47%
29 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.47%
30 Stars Without Number 0.47%
31 Dragon Age 0.37%
32 Deadlands 0.34%
33 AD&D 1st Edition 0.34%
34 Star Trek* 0.3%
35 The One Ring 0.3%
36 BESM 0.3%
37 d20 Modern 0.3%
38 Warhammer FRP 0.27%
39 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.27%
40 Firefly 0.24%
41 Earthdawn 0.24%
42 Gumshoe* 0.2%
43 HERO System / Champions 0.2%
44 Exalted 0.2%
45 Iron Kingdoms 0.2%
46 Colonial Gothic 0.17%
47 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.13%
48 Gamma World 0.13%
49 Ars Magica 0.13%
50 DC Heroes 0.1%
51 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.1%
52 Hackmaster 0.1%
53 CORTEX System* 0.1%
54 Mutant Chronicles 0.07%
55 Eclipse Phase 0.07%
56 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.07%
57 Marvel SAGA 0.03%
58 TMNT 0.03%
59 Smallville 0.03%
60 Brave New World 0.03%
61 Aberrant 0.03%
62 Fading Suns 0.03%
63 True20 0.03%
64 d20 Future 0.03%
65 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.03%
66 Rotted Capes 0%
67 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
68 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
69 Alternity 0%
70 Chainmail 0%
71 Paranoia 0%
72 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
73 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
74 Star Wars (d6) 0%
75 Ashen Stars 0%
76 Hobomancer 0%
77 Runequest 0%
78 Marvel Super Heroes 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!