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 13.56%
2 Savage Worlds 7.55%
3 World of Darkness 7.23%
4 Traveller 6.66%
5 Call of Cthulhu 5.77%
6 Dungeon World 4.52%
7 Dread 4.2%
8 Shadowrun 4.08%
9 GURPS 3.35%
10 Numenera 2.99%
11 The Strange 2.83%
12 Star Wars (FFG) 2.62%
13 RIFTS 2.5%
14 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 2.42%
15 Warhammer 40K 2.14%
16 13th Age 2.14%
17 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 1.74%
18 ICONS 1.7%
19 Gumshoe* 1.49%
20 Apocalypse World 1.49%
21 Stars Without Number 1.49%
22 Dragon Age 1.45%
23 Star Trek* 1.37%
24 DC Heroes 1.29%
25 Feng Shui 1.13%
26 Firefly 1.01%
27 Deadlands 0.89%
28 Warhammer FRP 0.85%
29 Exalted 0.81%
30 Earthdawn 0.69%
31 d20 Modern 0.69%
32 Eclipse Phase 0.65%
33 BESM 0.61%
34 The One Ring 0.57%
35 Gamma World 0.52%
36 Colonial Gothic 0.48%
37 Iron Kingdoms 0.44%
38 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.4%
39 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.4%
40 HERO System / Champions 0.36%
41 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.32%
42 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.32%
43 CORTEX System* 0.28%
44 Star Wars (d6) 0.24%
45 Aberrant 0.24%
46 Mutant Chronicles 0.2%
47 Ars Magica 0.2%
48 d20 Future 0.16%
49 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.16%
50 Paranoia 0.16%
51 Brave New World 0.12%
52 TMNT 0.12%
53 Marvel SAGA 0.08%
54 Fading Suns 0.08%
55 True20 0.08%
56 Rotted Capes 0.04%
57 Smallville 0.04%
58 Runequest 0.04%
59 Ashen Stars 0%
60 Alternity 0%
61 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
62 Hobomancer 0%
63 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
64 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
65 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 Paizo (Official)*** 31.55%
2 D&D 5th Edition 21.45%
3 AD&D 1st Edition 16.76%
4 WotC (Official)*** 7.08%
5 Old School Revival (OSR)** 5.57%
6 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 4.84%
7 Pathfinder RPG 3.9%
8 OD&D 2.78%
9 D&D 4th Edition 1.82%
10 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.41%
11 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.31%
12 13th Age 0.8%
13 Castles & Crusades 0.59%
14 Hackmaster 0.11%
15 Chainmail 0.02%
Combined List
1 Paizo (Official)*** 23.06%
2 D&D 5th Edition 15.68%
3 AD&D 1st Edition 12.25%
4 WotC (Official)*** 5.17%
5 Old School Revival (OSR)** 4.07%
6 FATE 3.73%
7 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 3.54%
8 Pathfinder RPG 2.85%
9 Savage Worlds 2.08%
10 OD&D 2.03%
11 World of Darkness 1.99%
12 Traveller 1.83%
13 Call of Cthulhu 1.59%
14 D&D 4th Edition 1.33%
15 Dungeon World 1.24%
16 Dread 1.15%
17 Shadowrun 1.12%
18 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.03%
19 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.95%
20 GURPS 0.92%
21 Numenera 0.82%
22 The Strange 0.78%
23 Star Wars (FFG) 0.72%
24 RIFTS 0.69%
25 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 0.67%
26 13th Age 0.59%
27 Warhammer 40K 0.59%
28 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.48%
29 ICONS 0.47%
30 Castles & Crusades 0.43%
31 Stars Without Number 0.41%
32 Apocalypse World 0.41%
33 Gumshoe* 0.41%
34 Dragon Age 0.4%
35 Star Trek* 0.38%
36 DC Heroes 0.36%
37 Feng Shui 0.31%
38 Firefly 0.28%
39 Deadlands 0.24%
40 Warhammer FRP 0.23%
41 Exalted 0.22%
42 Earthdawn 0.19%
43 d20 Modern 0.19%
44 Eclipse Phase 0.18%
45 BESM 0.17%
46 The One Ring 0.16%
47 Gamma World 0.14%
48 Colonial Gothic 0.13%
49 Iron Kingdoms 0.12%
50 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.11%
51 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.11%
52 HERO System / Champions 0.1%
53 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.09%
54 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.09%
55 CORTEX System* 0.08%
56 Hackmaster 0.08%
57 Star Wars (d6) 0.07%
58 Aberrant 0.07%
59 Ars Magica 0.06%
60 Mutant Chronicles 0.06%
61 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.04%
62 Paranoia 0.04%
63 d20 Future 0.04%
64 Brave New World 0.03%
65 TMNT 0.03%
66 Fading Suns 0.02%
67 True20 0.02%
68 Marvel SAGA 0.02%
69 Chainmail 0.01%
70 Runequest 0.01%
71 Smallville 0.01%
72 Rotted Capes 0.01%
73 Alternity 0%
74 Ashen Stars 0%
75 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
76 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
77 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
78 Hobomancer 0%
79 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
80 Other Superhero RPGs* 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.

***WotC & Paizo Official: There are separate entries for Paizo Official and WotC Official to the entries for D&D and Pathfinder. This is because the system does not typically measure a company's official forums, and as such figures would skew the samples unless *all* official forums could be included. However, folks did ask for them, so I have included scanning of WotC's and Paizo's official forums. The reason it's separate is so that you can exclude it for comparison purposes, as those are the only official forums included. Therefore, treat those entries simply as being for information purposes, and feel free to compare the two to directly *each other* but don't count them when comparing overall brand traffic.  It's important to realise that those two companies will be over-represented if you include them when comparing against games other than Pathfinder or D&D.

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!