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On Fantasy Grounds D&D Increases Dominance To 71%

If you thought Roll20's 52% was impressive, on Fantasy Grounds D&D is now 71% of games. Pathfinder (both editions) comes to 13% in second place. These figures are for Q4, 2020.

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So here's what D&D (the bright green line) has done since the beginning of 2019. There's am obvious pandemic boost for VTTs, starting in February 2020.

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D&D is so big that it makes it impossible to actually see everybody else on the graph. So here it is without D&D so you can see how everybody else is doing. The top purple line is Pathfinder 1E, and the blue one below it is Pathfinder 2E. Then comes Savage Worlds in orange, followed by Starfinder and Call of Cthulhu.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

We have a license with Wizards of the Coast to produce a subset of D&D Classics - 2nd Edition AD&D content. This also includes some 1E content that has been made compatible. As a result, it sees more use than a community ruleset that doesn't have official adventures and content.
Many of the real Classic modules for AD&D are there. Smiteworks (Doug) was the first to get the license for 5e for a VTT and the only one that has an AD&D one as well.

Other than AL modules, the only direct buy source of modules for VTT from DMs Guild is Fantasy Grounds.

They also publish no bulls**t numbers showing their best estimate as to the number of games run.
 

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Hurin88

Adventurer
Pretty pleased to see Rolemaster doing as well as it is. I often think of running a one shot using RM2, but the idea of making up all the pre gens for my players always puts me off.

If you go to the ICE Forums>Vault, you might be able to find some character sheets; can't say for certain. You might also have more luck if you posted a request on the ICE Forums for help with pregenerated characters (post in the Rolemaster> RMC/RM2 subforum): Official ICE Forums - Index

The old RM2 supplement Heroes and Rogues also had a bunch of characters that you could use.

If you want to try the new edition (Rolemaster Unified, or RMU for short, which should be out this year), I have also made my own pregenerated characters of every class (in the core and adding my own homebrew Warrior Mage and Armsmaster) at levels 2 and 5 -- not in the ERA but just in Excel Character Sheets. You can access these at the Rolemaster Blog here (hit Downloads>RMU>Pregen Characters): The Rolemaster Blog – Articles and discussion on Roleplaying including Shadow World, Forgotten Realms.

Once RMU launches, you will be able to use ICE's Electronic Roleplaying Assistant (ERA) to roll up RMU characters (it is really easy). You can currently use ERA to roll up RMC (Rolemaster Classic, essentially RM2) and RMSS/FRP characters quickly and easily, as well as to track/manage combat. You can access the free version of ERA through DriveThruRPG.

We are working on getting an RMU character sheet and sample adventure out for Roll20 too. I ran a couple of sessions with those pregens at GenCon this year, and they went well, but I used other people's tokens, and I don't think we can use those if we are offering this adventure for other people. Still working that out. The RMU character sheet for Roll20 we hope will be appearing momentarily. Updates are on this thread:

Glad to see Rolemaster right at the edge of the top 10!
 
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Dang...what happened in June-August of 2020?
If I had to guess? People stopped worrying as much about the virus, which then pretty much immediately led to the second major wave of infections (which happened in July and August). Summertime has a tendency to get people to want to go outside and do things, y'know? Late winter and spring are cold and often wet, perfect fodder for "well let's do this D&D thing" when you're stuck inside. Summer breaks, vacations, etc. often take their toll on a variety of media, and it was that much more pronounced with the artificial inflation of inside activity caused by things shutting down.
 



Nylanfs

Explorer
IIRC, Doug has stated that it's when it's an alias (or cloud) brokered game queries the license, where the session lasts 45+ minutes, and at least one player connects. This means that some direct connect IP address games aren't counted, and probably local LAN sessions wouldn't be counted.
 

Ulfgeir

Adventurer
Astral VTT is also quite new. Would be interesting so see their stats as well.
I was a bit surprised about the number of Savage Worlds-game on Fantasy-Grounds.
 

Matchstick

Explorer
Fantasy Grounds is REALLY good for Savage Worlds. It might be that a higher percentage of SW online play happens on FG than with other systems.
 





dm4hire

Explorer
Fantasy Grounds is REALLY good for Savage Worlds. It might be that a higher percentage of SW online play happens on FG than with other systems.
Foundry has official support for Savage Worlds.


I am very doubtful that a package that costs 50$ and a reasonably high level of computer knowledge to open your computer as a server will have substantial numbers compared to free systems using browser.

Particularly when it was launched less than a year ago. They may be an insurgency but skeptical doesn’t even come close.
While the hosting software may be on the host's system, or on a hosting server, Foundry is played via browser and is free to everyone but who purchased it.

As for tracking it may not be possible to directly track since systems are "plugged in" via direct links to the developers. However, I'm sure you could get the info from those developers and then compare to Foundry's purchase numbers. That would only give a base percentage though and wouldn't reveal how many are actually playing.
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
I think people are fooling themselves that pf2 is really competitive at all

my local flgs
board games take up huge section
Warhammer/star wars legion/paints
Card games behind the counter
rest of store is 99% D&D and D&D miniatures

Pathfinder and other roleplaying games are no offense but a niche product. im really curious how the lord of the rings game will do
you see the same thing at the big book stores (barnes and noble)

Are there any popular live streams of pathfinder 2?
 

smiteworks

Explorer
What is SFRPG?
2E = AD&D 1E/2E
3.5E = D&D 3.5E
4E = D&D 4E
5E = D&D fifth edition
DCC RPG = Dungeon Crawl Classics from Goodman Games
PFRPG = Pathfinder
SFRPG = Starfinder
DSA = Das Schwarz Auge - German version labeled The Dark Eye in English
CoreRPG = built-in system for running games generically and not using a custom ruleset
MoreCore = fan-made system that enhances CoreRPG
 


Nilbog

Snotling Herder
I think people are fooling themselves that pf2 is really competitive at all

my local flgs
board games take up huge section
Warhammer/star wars legion/paints
Card games behind the counter
rest of store is 99% D&D and D&D miniatures

Pathfinder and other roleplaying games are no offense but a niche product. im really curious how the lord of the rings game will do
you see the same thing at the big book stores (barnes and noble)

Are there any popular live streams of pathfinder 2?

I don't think anyone is denying its a niche product (as are most table top RPG's outside of 5e), I think people are curious to find out how much of a niche.
 

TheSword

Legend
Foundry has official support for Savage Worlds.



While the hosting software may be on the host's system, or on a hosting server, Foundry is played via browser and is free to everyone but who purchased it.

As for tracking it may not be possible to directly track since systems are "plugged in" via direct links to the developers. However, I'm sure you could get the info from those developers and then compare to Foundry's purchase numbers. That would only give a base percentage though and wouldn't reveal how many are actually playing.
I think the challenge is that opening my computer up to host was not a simple process, disappointingly. More support on how to do this, in a way that is understandable for someone who isn’t an expert in computers/familiar with code might help. I would have expected Foundry to make this more accessible. In the end I used the Forge and found the process less than satisfactory.
 

Matchstick

Explorer
Foundry has official support for Savage Worlds.



While the hosting software may be on the host's system, or on a hosting server, Foundry is played via browser and is free to everyone but who purchased it.

As for tracking it may not be possible to directly track since systems are "plugged in" via direct links to the developers. However, I'm sure you could get the info from those developers and then compare to Foundry's purchase numbers. That would only give a base percentage though and wouldn't reveal how many are actually playing.
I purchased both Foundry and its Savage Worlds module and they're good, no question. They're just not nearly as good as SW on FG.
 

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