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Fantasy Grounds Stats Show Massive Pandemic Bump

Fantasy Grounds has shared its usage stats going back over the last year. The recent pandemic has shown a massive boost of 150% in virtual tabletop game sessions!

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Here's a look at the game system distribution. "MoreCore" and "CoreRPG" are generic ruleset modules which can be used for many games. D&D 5E leads the pack as usual, at a 63% share, followed by Pathfinder with a combined total of 13% divided between 1E and 2E.

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Here are the stats for this time last year. It's actually a drop in share for D&D (from 69% to 63%), which was also borne out by Roll20's figures earlier this year, where D&D dropped from 52% to 48%. (That doesn't mean less people are playing D&D of course). Pathfinder is harder to compare -- 2E was released halfway through the period measured, so a large bulk of it is 1E. We'll have a clearer picture on that towards the end of the year, when 2E has been out for a year.
 
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I am a regular FG user and I have increased my usage by about 150% (added a second weekly game and have been running one shots and such every couple of weeks). I am curious how much of the uptick is new users.
I know near the beginning of the pandemic Moon Wizard mentioned an increase in one week of 10k user accounts on the forums. That doesn't relate directly to that many sales or users, but it does indicate a large growth in users. And note, If I remember the number at that time, there have been another 25k new users since then. So ~35k new users in a month or so?
 

There is a language pack option. Many of the main rulesets are available in other languages via that effort.

It is obvious that there is a large bump as the forums are full of new users asking questions plus the facebook groups and discord servers.
 


Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
My group had our first ever online session last week on Fantasy Grounds. We’ve probably got 100 years of tabletop experience between us, but zero online experience, so it took us a bit of time to get our head around how it actually worked, and I’m sure there will be quite a bit more of the learning curve still to come. However, some gaming definitely beats no gaming at all.
 

emssmiley2002

Explorer
I am a regular FG user and I have increased my usage by about 150% (added a second weekly game and have been running one shots and such every couple of weeks). I am curious how much of the uptick is new users.
I have FG and unfortunately I cant find any groups looking for players.
 

PRAdams

Villager
I have FG and unfortunately I cant find any groups looking for players.
Stupid question, but I'm assuming you've posted in the FG forums (on their website or on their Discord channel)?


Discord is too much of a hot mess for me to figure out how to grab URLs and such, but FG has a server on it, if you can work through the interface.

Depending on how picky you are about system, play time, etc., you should be able to find a group easily enough.
 

Banesfinger

Explorer
Our group is going to make the jump to online sessions. But we play Basic (B/X) D&D. I don't see that ruleset listed/available? Would it be a lot of work to use CoreRPG or MoreCore to accomplish this?
 

PRAdams

Villager
Our group is going to make the jump to online sessions. But we play Basic (B/X) D&D. I don't see that ruleset listed/available? Would it be a lot of work to use CoreRPG or MoreCore to accomplish this?
Is that the same as BECMI? If so, someone started work on a project and made it available to anyone who wants to pick it up.

 


Sure! You can chat in orc, goblin, elvish...all sorts of languages! (Unfortunately, I don't think they support any language other than english).
There actually are translations for many of the rulesets. It is fan driven, but Smiteworks trying to use string files that can be chances to a different language.

The DLC is all in English from what I know.
 

jhilahd

Explorer
I went from having never used FG in Feb to running 3 games a week on it in March. It actually makes running dungeon crawl type stuff a lot easier than I expected. still would rather be in person. also, man is it hard to use, especially for people that are also new to dnd.
As an old fart preparing to make the jump into FG, what did you find hard?
What things would you flag as "need to know"for the first session?
 


Reynard

Legend
As an old fart preparing to make the jump into FG, what did you find hard?
What things would you flag as "need to know"for the first session?
I have introduced a bunch of people to FG recently and a couple things pop up consistently:

1) Whether to click on a thing or double click on a thing to make it do the thing seems to vary randomly from thing to thing.

2) so many windows!!!

3) it's got layers, like an onion. Sometimes you have to open a sub menu, sometimes you don't.

4) what's coded to be automated versus what's not seems arbitrary. Consider investing in extension or paid add ons with additional coding.

5) port forwarding
 

(un)reason

Adventurer
Crazy to see that PF2 shot up to 2nd place in Aug but was back below PF1 by Oct.
Same issue as 4e. Shows how many people tried it then decided, nah, we still prefer the D&D 3e ruleset in whatever form to the replacement they're trying to sell us.

Even more interesting is AD&D 2e having more than twice as many games as 4e, which is a big change from last year. We seem to be hitting the point where that's getting the nostalgia bump, aided by the fact that most of the books are finally available legally as .pdfs again. (and there's a LOT more 2e books than 4e ones)
 


Same issue as 4e. Shows how many people tried it then decided, nah, we still prefer the D&D 3e ruleset in whatever form to the replacement they're trying to sell us.

Even more interesting is AD&D 2e having more than twice as many games as 4e, which is a big change from last year. We seem to be hitting the point where that's getting the nostalgia bump, aided by the fact that most of the books are finally available legally as .pdfs again. (and there's a LOT more 2e books than 4e ones)
There is a fully functioning 2e ruleset for sale and WoTC licensed AD&D materials to Smiteworks (Fantasy Grounds) so you can buy all the books in FG format. That is why it is doing well now compared to last year.
 


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