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 14.07%
2 Exalted 8.53%
3 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 7.31%
4 Savage Worlds 6.9%
5 Call of Cthulhu 4.33%
6 GURPS 4.06%
7 Shadowrun 3.92%
8 Warhammer 40K 3.65%
9 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 3.38%
10 Traveller 3.11%
11 Dungeon World 2.84%
12 Gumshoe* 2.57%
13 Apocalypse World 2.44%
14 CORTEX System* 2.17%
15 Dread 1.89%
16 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 1.89%
17 13th Age 1.89%
18 Deadlands 1.76%
19 Stars Without Number 1.76%
20 Mutant Chronicles 1.62%
21 Feng Shui 1.49%
22 RIFTS 1.49%
23 The One Ring 1.22%
24 ICONS 1.08%
25 d20 Modern 0.95%
26 Warhammer FRP 0.95%
27 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.95%
28 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.81%
29 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.81%
30 Gamma World 0.81%
31 Earthdawn 0.81%
32 Eclipse Phase 0.81%
33 Aberrant 0.68%
34 Cypher System 0.68%
35 TMNT 0.54%
36 HERO System / Champions 0.54%
37 True20 0.54%
38 Star Wars (FFG) 0.54%
39 Star Wars (d6) 0.41%
40 Ars Magica 0.41%
41 Firefly 0.41%
42 BESM 0.27%
43 Star Trek* 0.27%
44 Alternity 0.27%
45 Silver Age Sentinels 0.27%
46 Iron Kingdoms 0.27%
47 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.14%
48 Marvel SAGA 0.14%
49 Smallville 0.14%
50 Villains & Vigilantes 0.14%
51 Runequest 0.14%
52 Brave New World 0.14%
53 Fading Suns 0.14%
54 FATE 0.14%
55 DC Heroes 0.14%
56 d20 Future 0.14%
57 Ashen Stars 0.14%
58 Colonial Gothic 0.14%
59 Hobomancer 0%
60 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0%
61 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
62 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
63 Rotted Capes 0%
64 0%
65 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
66 Paranoia 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 74.07%
2 Pathfinder RPG 7.14%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 6.04%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 4.03%
5 D&D 4th Edition 3.84%
6 OD&D 1.34%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.22%
8 13th Age 0.85%
9 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.49%
10 Castles & Crusades 0.37%
11 AD&D 1st Edition 0.31%
12 Hackmaster 0.31%
13 Chainmail 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 51.29%
2 Pathfinder RPG 4.94%
3 World of Darkness 4.39%
4 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 4.18%
5 Old School Revival (OSR)** 2.79%
6 D&D 4th Edition 2.66%
7 Exalted 2.66%
8 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 2.28%
9 Savage Worlds 2.15%
10 Call of Cthulhu 1.35%
11 GURPS 1.27%
12 Shadowrun 1.23%
13 Warhammer 40K 1.14%
14 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 1.06%
15 Traveller 0.97%
16 OD&D 0.93%
17 Dungeon World 0.89%
18 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.84%
19 Gumshoe* 0.8%
20 Apocalypse World 0.76%
21 CORTEX System* 0.68%
22 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 0.59%
23 13th Age 0.59%
24 Dread 0.59%
25 Stars Without Number 0.55%
26 Deadlands 0.55%
27 Mutant Chronicles 0.51%
28 Feng Shui 0.46%
29 RIFTS 0.46%
30 The One Ring 0.38%
31 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.34%
32 ICONS 0.34%
33 d20 Modern 0.3%
34 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.3%
35 Warhammer FRP 0.3%
36 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.25%
37 Gamma World 0.25%
38 Earthdawn 0.25%
39 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.25%
40 Castles & Crusades 0.25%
41 Eclipse Phase 0.25%
42 Cypher System 0.21%
43 Aberrant 0.21%
44 Hackmaster 0.21%
45 AD&D 1st Edition 0.21%
46 Star Wars (FFG) 0.17%
47 TMNT 0.17%
48 HERO System / Champions 0.17%
49 True20 0.17%
50 Ars Magica 0.13%
51 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.13%
52 Firefly 0.13%
53 Star Wars (d6) 0.13%
54 BESM 0.08%
55 Iron Kingdoms 0.08%
56 Star Trek* 0.08%
57 Silver Age Sentinels 0.08%
58 Alternity 0.08%
59 Fading Suns 0.04%
60 FATE 0.04%
61 Colonial Gothic 0.04%
62 Runequest 0.04%
63 Ashen Stars 0.04%
64 DC Heroes 0.04%
65 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.04%
66 Brave New World 0.04%
67 Marvel SAGA 0.04%
68 d20 Future 0.04%
69 Smallville 0.04%
70 Villains & Vigilantes 0.04%
71 Paranoia 0%
72 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0%
73 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
74 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
75 Rotted Capes 0%
76 0%
77 Hobomancer 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!