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 13th Age 26.61%
2 Shadowrun 12.1%
3 Savage Worlds 8.87%
4 FATE 5.65%
5 World of Darkness 4.84%
6 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 4.03%
7 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 3.23%
8 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 3.23%
9 Warhammer FRP 3.23%
10 Traveller 2.42%
11 Numenera 2.42%
12 Call of Cthulhu 2.42%
13 RIFTS 2.42%
14 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 1.61%
15 The Strange 1.61%
16 Dungeon World 1.61%
17 The One Ring 1.61%
18 Runequest 1.61%
19 Colonial Gothic 1.61%
20 d20 Modern 0.81%
21 Star Trek* 0.81%
22 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.81%
23 Dread 0.81%
24 Fading Suns 0.81%
25 Ars Magica 0.81%
26 ICONS 0.81%
27 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.81%
28 Warhammer 40K 0.81%
29 Paranoia 0.81%
30 Exalted 0.81%
31 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
32 HERO System / Champions 0%
33 Eclipse Phase 0%
34 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
35 DC Heroes 0%
36 Aberrant 0%
37 Brave New World 0%
38 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0%
39 Marvel SAGA 0%
40 Smallville 0%
41 TMNT 0%
42 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
43 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
44 Rotted Capes 0%
45 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
46 Alternity 0%
47 Apocalypse World 0%
48 Ashen Stars 0%
49 Hobomancer 0%
50 Star Wars (d6) 0%
51 GURPS 0%
52 Deadlands 0%
53 Iron Kingdoms 0%
54 Mutant Chronicles 0%
55 Dragon Age 0%
56 d20 Future 0%
57 Stars Without Number 0%
58 Firefly 0%
59 BESM 0%
60 Feng Shui 0%
61 True20 0%
62 Gamma World 0%
63 CORTEX System* 0%
64 Gumshoe* 0%
65 Earthdawn 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 79.64%
2 Pathfinder RPG 7.71%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 4.78%
4 D&D 4th Edition 2.59%
5 13th Age 1.86%
6 Old School Revival (OSR)* 1.57%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.96%
8 OD&D 0.34%
9 AD&D 1st Edition 0.34%
10 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.11%
11 Hackmaster 0.06%
12 Castles & Crusades 0.06%
13 Chainmail 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 75.68%
2 Pathfinder RPG 7.32%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 4.54%
4 D&D 4th Edition 2.46%
5 13th Age 1.76%
6 Old School Revival (OSR)* 1.5%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.91%
8 Shadowrun 0.8%
9 Savage Worlds 0.59%
10 FATE 0.37%
11 World of Darkness 0.32%
12 AD&D 1st Edition 0.32%
13 OD&D 0.32%
14 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 0.27%
15 Warhammer FRP 0.21%
16 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 0.21%
17 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.21%
18 Numenera 0.16%
19 Call of Cthulhu 0.16%
20 Traveller 0.16%
21 RIFTS 0.16%
22 The Strange 0.11%
23 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.11%
24 The One Ring 0.11%
25 Runequest 0.11%
26 Colonial Gothic 0.11%
27 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.11%
28 Dungeon World 0.11%
29 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.11%
30 Hackmaster 0.05%
31 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.05%
32 d20 Modern 0.05%
33 Warhammer 40K 0.05%
34 ICONS 0.05%
35 Ars Magica 0.05%
36 Castles & Crusades 0.05%
37 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.05%
38 Dread 0.05%
39 Fading Suns 0.05%
40 Paranoia 0.05%
41 Exalted 0.05%
42 Star Trek* 0.05%
43 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
44 Aberrant 0%
45 Smallville 0%
46 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
47 Rotted Capes 0%
48 Apocalypse World 0%
49 TMNT 0%
50 DC Heroes 0%
51 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
52 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0%
53 HERO System / Champions 0%
54 Marvel SAGA 0%
55 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
56 Brave New World 0%
57 Ashen Stars 0%
58 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
59 Alternity 0%
60 d20 Future 0%
61 GURPS 0%
62 Hobomancer 0%
63 Iron Kingdoms 0%
64 Gumshoe* 0%
65 Gamma World 0%
66 Earthdawn 0%
67 Feng Shui 0%
68 Firefly 0%
69 Mutant Chronicles 0%
70 Dragon Age 0%
71 Eclipse Phase 0%
72 CORTEX System* 0%
73 Chainmail 0%
74 Deadlands 0%
75 True20 0%
76 Star Wars (d6) 0%
77 Stars Without Number 0%
78 BESM 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!