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    Fantasy Grounds Toolset Usage Report

    Fantasy Grounds reports the latest RPG system usage! Most games are up a few percent, and it looks like D&D 5E is remaining steady, and Pathfinder 2 has started to make an appearance in the charts. The following charts show usage in the last 12 months (PF2, of course, has only been available for a few weeks).


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    Ruleset Total Games
    5E 503,696
    PFRPG 83,268
    SavageWorlds 36,040
    3.5E 18,967
    SFRPG 15,395
    CoreRPG 13,279
    MoreCore 11,782
    Call Of Cthulhu 11,704
    4E 9,274
    Star Wars EotE 8,504
    GURPS 5,981
    AD&D 5,032
    Castles and Crusades 5,030
    DSA 3,676
    PFRPG2 3,398
    RolemasterClassic 2,939
    WFRP 2,858
    Fate Core 2,441
    WH40K 2,332
    VtM 1,987
    Numenera 1,792
    Shadowrun 1,048
    Basic Roleplaying 843
    Mongoose Traveller 1E 771
    WHFRP 2ed 759
    Grand Total 752,796


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    With the current spat roll20 is having with a few youtube and twitch broadcasters I wonder if there has been an increase in FG user base...?

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    surprised by PF2 having a decrease but og pf having an increase

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrathamon View Post
    surprised by PF2 having a decrease but og pf having an increase
    Makes sense. The honeymoon period of the shiny new playtest is done so all that's left (or will be left) is folks who are in earnest trying to test everything out
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    Is SFRPG really that popular?

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    I know more people who play Starfinder than pathfinder ... like a lot more. Those who dont play 5e seemed to have gone to play SF, and not go back to PF.

    but, that is just my pool

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    Once again here's a Zipf distribution plot showing log(Count) plotted on log(Rank). Natural logs, naturally---the only civilized logarithm.

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    While the Zipf distribution doesn't fit when tested against the more general Mandelbrodt distribution, it's a pretty good first order approximation except in the tail. I would not expect it to fit perfectly due to the fact that the conditions of either distribution are violated due to lack of independence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Verkuilen View Post
    Once again here's a Zipf distribution plot showing log(Count) plotted on log(Rank). Natural logs, naturally---the only civilized logarithm.
    For those of us who dont have a mathematical background (ie me)could you explain what that is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Verkuilen View Post
    Natural logs, naturally---the only civilized logarithm.
    I don't know. Wouldn't a domesticated log be more civilized? I mean, natural logs are just kind of feral.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
    For those of us who dont have a mathematical background (ie me)could you explain what that is?
    The data have counts of games running with a particular ruleset. So 5E is the most common ruleset, followed by Pathfinder, followed by Savage Worlds, etc. The kind of mechanism that generates this pattern of counts is often thought of as representing "preferential attachment,"

    A preferential attachment process is any of a class of processes in which some quantity, typically some form of wealth or credit, is distributed among a number of individuals or objects according to how much they already have, so that those who are already wealthy receive more than those who are not.
    This means a more popular ruleset has a higher chance of drawing a new entrant, with the probability being related to 1/rank. The Zipf distribution, and its relatives like the Mandelbrodt and Yule-Simon, are ways of quantifying counts over the rank order. If the Zipf distribution fit the plot of log(Count) on log(Rank) would be linear. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good.

    In this case it makes a lot of sense: Gaming is a social activity and a more popular ruleset will, on average, draw more players. The same pattern appears in many other contexts: Words or phrases in languages, populations of cities, distribution of species, links to web pages, citations to journal articles, and fans of teams being examples.
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