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 8.58%
2 Savage Worlds 7.84%
3 Call of Cthulhu 6.86%
4 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 6.13%
5 Shadowrun 5.23%
6 Traveller 5.07%
7 Dread 4.74%
8 Exalted 4.66%
9 Dungeon World 4.17%
10 RIFTS 4.17%
11 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 3.76%
12 GURPS 3.76%
13 ICONS 3.51%
14 Gumshoe* 2.94%
15 Deadlands 2.7%
16 Apocalypse World 2.7%
17 Warhammer 40K 2.37%
18 Cypher System 1.63%
19 Stars Without Number 1.63%
20 Earthdawn 1.55%
21 The One Ring 1.23%
22 Warhammer FRP 1.23%
23 Firefly 1.23%
24 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 1.23%
25 13th Age 0.98%
26 Mutant Chronicles 0.98%
27 Iron Kingdoms 0.9%
28 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.9%
29 CORTEX System* 0.65%
30 d20 Modern 0.57%
31 BESM 0.57%
32 True20 0.49%
33 HERO System / Champions 0.49%
34 Fading Suns 0.49%
35 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.49%
36 Eclipse Phase 0.49%
37 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.41%
38 Gamma World 0.41%
39 Alternity 0.33%
40 d20 Future 0.33%
41 Feng Shui 0.33%
42 DC Heroes 0.25%
43 Star Wars (FFG) 0.25%
44 Star Trek* 0.08%
45 TMNT 0.08%
46 Smallville 0.08%
47 Runequest 0.08%
48 Ars Magica 0.08%
49 Ashen Stars 0.08%
50 Colonial Gothic 0.08%
51 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.08%
52 Aberrant 0.08%
53 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.08%
54 FATE 0%
55 Brave New World 0%
56 Star Wars (d6) 0%
57 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0%
58 Hobomancer 0%
59 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
60 0%
61 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
62 Rotted Capes 0%
63 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
64 Paranoia 0%
65 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
66 Marvel SAGA 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 52.6%
2 Pathfinder RPG 14.19%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 10.61%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 7.28%
5 D&D 4th Edition 4.9%
6 OD&D 2.96%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 2.82%
8 Dungeon Crawl Classics 2.6%
9 AD&D 1st Edition 0.84%
10 Castles & Crusades 0.62%
11 13th Age 0.44%
12 Chainmail 0.11%
13 Hackmaster 0.04%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 36.42%
2 Pathfinder RPG 9.83%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 7.35%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 5.04%
5 D&D 4th Edition 3.39%
6 World of Darkness 2.66%
7 Savage Worlds 2.43%
8 Call of Cthulhu 2.13%
9 OD&D 2.05%
10 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.95%
11 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 1.9%
12 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.8%
13 Shadowrun 1.62%
14 Traveller 1.57%
15 Dread 1.47%
16 Exalted 1.44%
17 RIFTS 1.29%
18 Dungeon World 1.29%
19 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 1.17%
20 GURPS 1.17%
21 ICONS 1.09%
22 Gumshoe* 0.91%
23 Deadlands 0.84%
24 Apocalypse World 0.84%
25 Warhammer 40K 0.73%
26 AD&D 1st Edition 0.58%
27 Cypher System 0.51%
28 Stars Without Number 0.51%
29 Earthdawn 0.48%
30 Castles & Crusades 0.43%
31 Warhammer FRP 0.38%
32 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 0.38%
33 The One Ring 0.38%
34 Firefly 0.38%
35 13th Age 0.3%
36 Mutant Chronicles 0.3%
37 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.28%
38 Iron Kingdoms 0.28%
39 CORTEX System* 0.2%
40 BESM 0.18%
41 d20 Modern 0.18%
42 HERO System / Champions 0.15%
43 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.15%
44 True20 0.15%
45 Eclipse Phase 0.15%
46 Fading Suns 0.15%
47 Gamma World 0.13%
48 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.13%
49 Alternity 0.1%
50 Feng Shui 0.1%
51 d20 Future 0.1%
52 Star Wars (FFG) 0.08%
53 Chainmail 0.08%
54 DC Heroes 0.08%
55 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.05%
56 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.03%
57 Ars Magica 0.03%
58 Hackmaster 0.03%
59 Ashen Stars 0.03%
60 Aberrant 0.03%
61 Star Trek* 0.03%
62 Colonial Gothic 0.03%
63 Runequest 0.03%
64 Smallville 0.03%
65 TMNT 0.03%
66 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.03%
67 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
68 Brave New World 0%
69 Star Wars (d6) 0%
70 Rotted Capes 0%
71 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0%
72 FATE 0%
73 Paranoia 0%
74 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
75 0%
76 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
77 Marvel SAGA 0%
78 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
79 Hobomancer 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!