Data map of the RPG Community

Thondor

Explorer
Inspired by Morrus's old hexographer map of the RPG Community (unfortunately lost), I give you a Community data map of many of the forums that we all tend to use.

Follow the link to interact with it.

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There's a number of sites that I'd love to include if I could find user data: Members, Posts, Threads

I'm sure there's also a number that I have overlooked, so feel free to let me know if you think there is an important site out there that I missed.

Let's try to limit it to sites with decent stats (1000 members, 3000+ threads) and who's primary focus is RPGs -- otherwise we'll all be here a long time :)
 

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gamerprinter

Mapper/Publisher
Speaking of maps, many RPGers visit the Cartographers' Guild. While I grant you there are other members there than RPGers, like actual cartographers and GIS people, or authors of fantasy novels, the majority are publishers, freelancers, and normal homebrew GMs looking to map their fantasy worlds. The CG has 49,789 total members (954 active members), 26,990 threads and 258,682 posts. Every freelance cartographer in the industry are members, most mapping software developers are members. While it serves the mapping aspects and world design of RPGs, it does not serve rules, game design, nor most other aspects of gaming - so I could understand if the CG would be considered to niche for this community map.
 

Thondor

Explorer
Very cool!
Glad you like it. It doesn't have the same pizzaz that your map had, but there are some extra interactive bits which are nice.

Speaking of maps, many RPGers visit the Cartographers' Guild. While I grant you there are other members there than RPGers, like actual cartographers and GIS people, or authors of fantasy novels, the majority are publishers, freelancers, and normal homebrew GMs looking to map their fantasy worlds. The CG has 49,789 total members (954 active members), 26,990 threads and 258,682 posts. Every freelance cartographer in the industry are members, most mapping software developers are members. While it serves the mapping aspects and world design of RPGs, it does not serve rules, game design, nor most other aspects of gaming - so I could understand if the CG would be considered to niche for this community map.

That's a good enough argument for me. Thanks,

Added:
Yog Sothoth
Story Games
Cartegrapher's Guild
UK Roleplayers
GenCon
 


Thondor

Explorer
You have Burning Wheel listed as a community site, but it is a publisher site (BWHQ is the site for Luke Crane et al who publish Burning Wheel, Torchbearer and Mouse Guard).

Good catch. I've fixed this.

I've also added a few more "descriptions" that pop up in the mouse-over tooltip. These give someone a hint about what the site is about.
 
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Thondor

Explorer
Added:
Paizo post count estimate.

Fixes:
Candlekeep post and thread count swapped to correct values.
The Forge dropped as it has been inactive for several years.
 



Thondor

Explorer
Happy Jack's RPG Podcast
Users: 1,120
Threads: 4,027
Posts: 41,028

Like this? :)
Exactly! Added.

The Juegos de Rol roleplaying community has:
Members: 1,948
Posts: 91,032
Threads: 6,478

It's a Chilean roleplaying community that's has been around in one way or another for a couple of decades.

Huh, I hadn't thought of adding non-english forums but why not? Added.

Also apparently at some point the functionality of clicking on the site's "tile" and being brought directly to that site broke . . . So I've fixed that :)
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
One thing I saw happen when I did the original map. Some forum owners quickly started changing counting criteria or numbers and stuff. I'm not sure whether they felt the original figures they had there were innacurate, and I don't know whether they kept the new ones or went back to the originals. Active Users in particular jumped by several times on some forums, which is partly why I just didn't use that value at all.

I'd say that member count these days is a bit of an iffy figure. We get so many spam accounts created here at EN World, and I'm sure that's true elsewhere, though we zap 'em as fast as we can and have some reasonable automated anti-spam measures.
 

Thondor

Explorer
One thing I saw happen when I did the original map. Some forum owners quickly started changing counting criteria or numbers and stuff. I'm not sure whether they felt the original figures they had there were innacurate, and I don't know whether they kept the new ones or went back to the originals. Active Users in particular jumped by several times on some forums, which is partly why I just didn't use that value at all.

I'd say that member count these days is a bit of an iffy figure. We get so many spam accounts created here at EN World, and I'm sure that's true elsewhere, though we zap 'em as fast as we can and have some reasonable automated anti-spam measures.

Hmm, interesting. I haven't gone back and checked any of the sites that I populate again yet. Active members is definitely a iffy figure as criteria can be different for different sites.
I hadn't really considered spam members.

Update:
I've added Citizens of the Imperium, and SF RPG boards.
I have also added RPGgeek—posts and thread count.

Here's a convenient link to the workbook.

I'll try to check in on this thread now and then, but I am a little preoccupied with the my Simple Superheroes RPG kickstarter which launched last week.
 





Talmek

Explorer
I didn't even know Myth-Weavers existed until this forum. As the community over at P&PG has become (relatively) inactive I know that a lot of members have moved on to other communities in an attempt to continue discussions, etc. My activity (as a snapshot):

Myth-Weavers
EnWorld
P&PG
D&D Community
RPG.net

Granted, my activity level on any of those are fluid as members respond and create new threads, as I'm sure everyone's does.
 

aramis erak

Legend
One thing I saw happen when I did the original map. Some forum owners quickly started changing counting criteria or numbers and stuff. I'm not sure whether they felt the original figures they had there were innacurate, and I don't know whether they kept the new ones or went back to the originals. Active Users in particular jumped by several times on some forums, which is partly why I just didn't use that value at all.

I'd say that member count these days is a bit of an iffy figure. We get so many spam accounts created here at EN World, and I'm sure that's true elsewhere, though we zap 'em as fast as we can and have some reasonable automated anti-spam measures.

At http://TravellerRPG.com (Citizens of the Imperium), our active readership is about 700-1000 discrete log-ins per month, and about 3000 per year. our userbase is over 16,000, but many of those are non-participatory. May 2015 is 759 accounts with activity, 145 of whom posted. 16,295 accounts, not counting known spammers, awaiting confirmation, under-age, or banned for misbehavior. For May 2014- May 2015, Activity is 3238 in the last year, 466 of whom posted. The numbers are bigger than I would have guessed, but, being the admin over there, I don't have to guess - I can use the mailing list tools to find out in a handful of keystrokes. (Generate mailing list, copy into text editor, count the @'s with the find tool.)
Spam accounts banned: since may 30 2014 = about 3000. Since Apr 30 2015: about 343... but note that I deleted 1500 or more back in february.

I'm going to cross-post these numbers over on COTI - because I do so about quarterly anyway.

Gives you some numbers for comparison.

Oh, and [MENTION=31955]Thondor[/MENTION] - COTI is possibly in the wrong color - it's actually the official boards of Far Future Enterprises.
 
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Thondor

Explorer
Oh, and [MENTION=31955]Thondor[/MENTION] - COTI is possibly in the wrong color - it's actually the official boards of Far Future Enterprises.

Thanks I have fixed this. :)

Update:
I've dropped the "thread count" for rpol.net since what they were really counting was "games" which includes multiple threads.

I've also added
Atlas Games forum
and Diatribe the New Zealand LARP community.

Here's a handy link to the visualization.
 

aramis erak

Legend
Thanks I have fixed this. :)

Update:
I've dropped the "thread count" for rpol.net since what they were really counting was "games" which includes multiple threads.

I've also added
Atlas Games forum
and Diatribe the New Zealand LARP community.

Here's a handy link to the visualization.

You might want to be careful about using highest user number as number of users - they're not, in fact, the same. (Off by several thousand). In part, because of spammer deletions, and in part because Vbulletin doesn't recycle user ID numbers, even those of no-posts users.
 

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