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    2010-2011 in Review: Most Popular Articles, Reviews, and News Headlines

    As this year draws to a close, I thought I'd list a few of the articles, reviews, and news items published here on EN World which have proved popular. This article is divided into Lists, Reviews, and News, giving us a snapshot of what caught your attention this year - from RPG folks on Twitter to WotC's Xmas layoffs, to industry comparisons between D&D and Pathfinder sales, and rumours of D&D 5th Edition.

    A tiny bit of first-glance analysis: of the 15 most read news headlines this year, two are about WoTC layoffs, two are about comparisons between D&D and Pathfinder sales figures, two contain rumours of 5E, and four are about Pathfinder. Of the 10 most read reviews, six are WotC products, two are Pathfinder products, and two are D&D branded video or Facebook games. And the top articles include information about retroclones, Twitter, mobile apps, and D&D collectors guides.

    These charts are compiled based on "read" statistics only, not on "commented" statistics. That makes them the most read topics, but not necessarily the most discussed topics. In addition, they do not include figures from the EN World newsletter, or from the mobile apps - they are "on-site" reads only.

    Lists

    If you missed them the first time around, these lists are well worth checking out again. I will likely publish updated versions of some of these articles during 2012.

    1. Retroclones and Older D&D Editions listed a slew of products and games for those who enjoy the style and feel of older editions of D&D.
    2. Who to Follow on Twitter is a "master list" of RPG related people to follow on Twitter. It's industry-centric, so includes game designers, authors, and the like.
    3. iPhone / iPod / Android Applications for RPGs is a list which probably needs a good update, but lists a collection of applications from various developers. Some enable you to reference rules or materials, others roll dice, track initiative, generate random names, and more.
    4. Index of Excellent 4E Posts is a list by EN World member <!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: dbtech_usertag_mention -->@Elric <!-- END TEMPLATE: dbtech_usertag_mention -->which lists many useful 4E threads on the messageboards.
    5. D&D Collectors Guides If you don't hang out on the forums much, you may have missed excellent series of collectors guides by <!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: dbtech_usertag_mention -->@Echohawk <!-- END TEMPLATE: dbtech_usertag_mention -->. These guides attempt to list every RPG book, novel, accessory, and miniature associated with each of the D&D campaign settings over the ages.


    Reviews

    These are the top-ten most read reviews published on EN World. Although some were published before 2011, they still managed to be in the list of most-read reviews during 2011.


    1. Heroes of Shadow (WotC)
    2. New Online Monster Builder (WotC)
    3. Pathfinder Beginner Box (Paizo)
    4. Streets of Zobeck (Open Design)
    5. Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (Atari)
    6. Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium (WotC)
    7. Heroes of Neverwinter (Atari)
    8. D&D Essentials Monster Vault (WotC)
    9. Dungeon Master's Kit (WotC)
    10. The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought & Beyond (WotC)

    News

    Which news items caught our eye this year? This is the list of EN World's most-read news items in 2011. It's not scientific, but it is a snapshot of what news caught your eye this year. Interestingly, the single most read news headline is also the most recent news headline.


    1. WotC's Annual Xmas Layoffs
    2. Is Monte Cook working on D&D 5th Edition?
    3. We have 99 Heroes of Neverwinter beta keys to give away
    4. Mongoose's "State of the Mongoose"
    5. Pathfinder Beginner Box - UNBOXED
    6. A Quick D&D Primer
    7. Layoffs at WotC
    8. Is D&D "Rubbish"?
    9. Is Pathfinder outselling D&D?
    10. Beginner Box Heroes Production Samples
    11. What's Up With D&D? for Monday, October 3, 2011
    12. Top 5 Sales - Q3 2011 Analysis
    13. What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 10 October, 2011
    14. Frog God Games Announced Rappan Athuk (Complete?) for Pathfinder RPG
    15. Gygax Memorial Fund & Book
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