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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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
who keeps buying steamedforged games?
Steamforged is a board game company which happens to have released one TTRPG product. It only ‘technically’ qualifies for the list as it’s really not a TTRPG company.

With their track record on "Quality" releases, vs IP grabs, you would think people would realize.
I don't know what that means.
 
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yes, yes, everyone throw tomatoes at me now and get it over with)
A regular tomato or something straight out of the Killer Tomatoes movie? 😋 ;)

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.
Which piece of Palladium IP would like you to see in 5e? curious Given the number of anthropomorphic animal races that have appeared in D&D over the years, I would choose TMNT and Other Strangeness for 5e. ;)

Leonardo (updated and revised) by KrisCooper on DeviantArt :cool:
 


Reynard

Legend
I really hope that doesn't happen.
Trying to force everything into one design paradigm is bad forthe industry. We know this from experience -- d20, anyone? There are some things that I think 5E would work fine for (Star Wars for example, IMO) but generally I prefer if games go with bespoke systems. Palladium rules are a mess, for sure, but going 5E isn't the only way to save them. Savage Worlds Rifts shows that, if nothing else.
 

Cergorach

The Laughing One
Which piece of Palladium IP would like you to see in 5e? curious Given the number of anthropomorphic animal races that have appeared in D&D over the years, I would choose TMNT and Other Strangeness for 5e. ;)
TMNT isn't a Palladium IP, so that's out. I don't know if I would play or even read that 5e (D&D) version, but it would hit Kevin right in the gonads. He's been historically very resistant against (fan) conversion of his games. Many a C&D has been sent in that cause and quite a few suing attempts have been made. It would be like leaving some bodily processed water on that Palladium grave... ;)

It does seem he's mellowed some... Savage Worlds Rifts is an example of that, but that might just have been a survival necessity...

I'm just a bit vicious regarding the fate of P/KS at this point... :devilish:

@Reynard I agree that all games shouldn't fit the one size fits all straight jacket that is 5e (D&D), but that was not the point of the wish... ;) Savage Worlds might be a perfect fit for Rifts, but what about Paladium Fantasy?
 


If WotC wanted a crownfunding project they would use Hasbro Pulse. For example? The updated version but with the look of the 1989 Ed, with a vintage/retro style. Some new pictures could be the sketeches by AI but retouched after by human artists.
 


The Soloist

Adventurer
Cool chart. I got two out of three in the other thread when I said 'I like to think Free League, Modiphius and Monte are co-leaders'.

I thought Modiphius would have been higher. Are all their RPGs launched via KS or do they do direct launch sales from their website, without a KS?
 

Reynard

Legend
Cool chart. I got two out of three in the other thread when I said 'I like to think Free League, Modiphius and Monte are co-leaders'.

I thought Modiphius would have been higher. Are all their RPGs launched via KS or do they do direct launch sales from their website, without a KS?
It's actually relatively rare for them, I think. They KSed Conan and John Carter, but I don't think STA, Fallout or Dune were KSed. I don't remember if Dishonoured was.
 

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