Monte Cook Games & Free League Lead The TTRPG Crowdfunding Charts!

Unlike the Million Dollar Kickstarter Club which lists individual TTRPG campaigns which have broken the $1M mark, this list compiles the total raised by crowdfunding by each creator.


These are all the creators I could find which had a TTRPG Kickstarter or Backerkit and had totalled over $2M in crowdfunding. I've noted the total number of campaigns and also the number which were TTRPG -- so 12 (7) means that they have 12 crowdfunding campaigns, 7 of which were for a TTRPG. This is just Kickstarter and Backerkit; I am aware that several other platforms exist.

I cut it off at $2M as the number of entries grows rapidly below that. As it is there are approaching 600 crowdfunding campaigns represented in the table below.

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Somewhat arbitrarily I have highlighted the ones which have 50% or more of their crowdfunders in TTRPGS (as opposed to boardgames and other tabletop games). This creates a TTRPG-specific list as follows:
  1. Monte Cook Games
  2. Free League
  3. Magpie Games
  4. Hit Point Press
  5. Richard Thomas
  6. Kobold Press
  7. Matt Colville
  8. Exalted Funeral
  9. Shane Hensley
  10. Goodman Games
  11. Ghostfire Gaming
  12. DnD Shorts
  13. Modiphius
  14. Morrus
  15. Jim Searcy
  16. Loot Tavern
  17. MonkeyDM
  18. Eldermancy
  19. Nord Games
  20. Dungeon Dudes
  21. Russ Charles
  22. Palladium Books

PositionCreatorTotal $ (KICKSTARTER)# Campaigns (#RPG) (KICKSTARTER)Total $ (BACKERKIT)# Campaigns ($RPG) (BACKERKIT)TOTAL $
1Steamforged Games$31,780,64716 (1)$31,780,647
2Monte Cook Games$9,814,56822 (22)$3,399,4724 (4)$13,214,040
3Reaper Miniatures$12,537,4257 (1)$12,537,425
4Free League (+ Fria Ligan)$11,926,21927 (23)$11,926,219
5Mantic Games$11,767,38121 (1)$629,4601 (0)$12,395,841
6Magpie Games$10,333,9503 (2)$10,333,950
7Stronghold Games$9,310,40811 (1)$9,310,408
8Sandy Petersen$8,170,10024 (3)$8,170,100
9Hit Point Press$7,618,39311 (10)$7,618,393
10Richard Thomas$7,559,98048 (46)$7,559,980
11Kobold Press$6,931,00524 (24)$6,931,005
12A.J. Porfirio$6,504,06423 (1)$6,604,064
13Dragori Games$6,022,6754 (1)$6,022,675
14Matt Colville$5,578,2673 (3)$344,6511 (1)$5,922,918
15Exalted Funeral$5,624,83812 (12)$240,5201 (1)$5,865,258
16Cephalofair Games--$5,053,3801 (0.5)$5,053,380
17Shane Hensley$4,654,32429 (29)$4,654,324
18Steve Jackson Games$4,544,50535 (3)$4,544,505
19Legends of Avantris$4,020,2341 (1)$4,020,234
201985 Games$3,904,3197 (3)$108,9501 (0)$4,013,269
21Goodman Games$3,642,98833 (33)$133,3311 (1)$3,776,319
22Ghostfire Gaming$3,615,4426 (6)$159,0851 (1)$3,774,537
23DnD Shorts$3,327,2041 (1)$3,327,204
24Chris Birch (Modiphius)$3,254,7099 (6)$3,254,709
25Privateer Press$3,192,76012 (4)$3,192,760
26Morrus$2,929,56143 (43)$2,929,561
27Jim Searcy$2,923,72012 (11)$2,923,720
28Loot Tavern$2,729,2464 (2)$2,729,246
29MonkeyDM$2,692,6981 (1)$2,692,698
30Horrible Guild$2,620,5658 (2)$2,620,565
31Eldermancy$2,496,4783 (3)$2,496,478
32GAME START$2,495,47612 (2)$2,495,476
33Nord Games$2,458,24125 (22)$2,458,241
34Everything Epic$2,340,87020 (1)$2,340,870
35Mike Gnade$2,340,37717 (3)$2,340,377
36Dungeon Dudes$2,304,5152 (2)$2,304,515
37Atlas Games$2,284,13613 (4)$2,284,136
38Russ Charles$2,251,3885 (5)$2,251,388
39Certifiable Studios$2,159,4988 (1)$2,159,498
40Palladium Books$2,084,9283 (2)$2,084,928
 

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Reynard

Legend
I suspect that if Wizards of the Coast crowdfunded their D&D releases the top spot on that that chart would look different.
I don't think they should do this.

Except -- I want to see them do it for a 5E powered Star Wars RPG, just because I want to see how ridiculously high the numbers would get.

(And yes, i am aware that there is a really great Star Wars 5E game already not made by WotC.)
 

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I don't think they should do this.

Except -- I want to see them do it for a 5E powered Star Wars RPG, just because I want to see how ridiculously high the numbers would get.

(And yes, i am aware that there is a really great Star Wars 5E game already not made by WotC.)
Back when I was still having a love affair with 4e (yes, yes, everyone throw tomatoes at me now and get it over with) I had a pipe dream that they would crowdfund the core rulebooks with the rather massive amount of errata they had accrued. Clearly they wouldn't have put resources into a version of D&D they were sunsetting, but a guy can dream.
 

I don't think they should do this.

Except -- I want to see them do it for a 5E powered Star Wars RPG, just because I want to see how ridiculously high the numbers would get.

(And yes, i am aware that there is a really great Star Wars 5E game already not made by WotC.)
What Star Wars 5E game?!?!?! Where??? I am only aware of Fantasy Flight's Star Wars system with the awkward dice. I would really love to see a new Star Wars in a different system.

EDIT - never mind, did a quick search and remembered I am old and didn't remember there is an online fan adaptation. "Print or I don't play it" is the motto of my dying creed.
 

agrayday

Explorer
who keeps buying steamedforged games?
With their track record on "Quality" releases, vs IP grabs, you would think people would realize.

Also I think Sandy Peterson has at least 5+ games not delivered?

Palladium as well have some past undelivered KS angry backers.
 

Cergorach

The Laughing One
who keeps buying steamedforged games?
puts up hand
But... But... The pretty miniatures! ;)

Not buying anymore Sandy Petersen games. Their one RPG supplement I bought looked horrible. Cthulhu Wars is great, but after they deliver what they owe, I'll have enough to last a lifetime!

Palladium... Robotech... I don't wish for many companies to go bankrupt, but I really wish that Palladium goes bankrupt hard and that Kevin Siembieda is forced to sell ALL the Palladium IPs, someone buys them and makes 5e (D&D) versions of them... Sometimes KS goes wrong, things people can't control, but how Palladium/Kevin Siembieda handled the Robotech KS was extremely dirty! They delivered the core box (and sold what's in there separately as well), but all the other stuff (we paid for) was never made and never delivered. They deliberately delayed and delayed until the license ran out and weren't allowed to make any more...
 


Jer

Legend
Supporter
Sometimes KS goes wrong, things people can't control, but how Palladium/Kevin Siembieda handled the Robotech KS was extremely dirty! They delivered the core box (and sold what's in there separately as well), but all the other stuff (we paid for) was never made and never delivered. They deliberately delayed and delayed until the license ran out and weren't allowed to make any more...
This is pretty much why for as much as my nostalgia wants me to buy into the TMNT Kickstarter that's going on right now I just cannot. It's not nearly as much money as folks spent on the Robotech KS but even "just" $100 is too much given the history of the company.
 

aco175

Legend
I seem to not have heard of some/half of these people/companies. I'm guessing that they are minis or non-D&D. I should pay more attention.
 


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