The Biggest D&D, TTRPG, and Pathfinder News Stories of 2020


It’s been an eventful year! Every year I compile a list of the biggest news stories in the last 12 months. From new D&D releases to staff changes at WotC, the news stories below drew in hundreds of thousands of readers.

I haven't included reviews in the below lists, focusing solely on news stories.

Top 20 Dungeons & Dragons News Stories (2020)
It's interesting how this breaks down. Of the top 20 news stories of 2020, 7 are about new D&D products releases, 4 are about staff changes at WotC, and 4 are about the changes to race or alignment in D&D going forward.
  1. WotC's Jeremy Crawford on D&D Races Going Forward
  2. The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer
  3. The New D&D Book: Tasha's Cauldron of Everything!
  4. Ray Winninger Is Head of D&D RPG Team; Mike Mearls No Longer Works on RPG
  5. Orion Black No Longer a D&D Designer [UPDATED!]
  6. WotC’s Official Announcement About Diversity, Races, and D&D
  7. Dragonlance's Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman Are Suing WotC for Breach of Contract
  8. WotC's Jeremy Crawford Talks D&D Alignment Changes
  9. Official D&D Greek-Themed 'Mythic Odysseys of Theros' Setting Coming In May
  10. Companies Cut Ties With Judges Guild After Owner's Racist Posts
  11. Unearthed Arcana Revisits Psionics
  12. Kate Welch on Leaving WotC
  13. A First Look at Tasha’s Lineage System In AL Player’s Guide - Customizing Your Origin In D&D
  14. Unearthed Arcana: 16 New Feats
  15. New Errata Released For D&D PHB, OotA, Xanathar, and ToF
  16. Is Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden the New D&D Adventure?
  17. WotC Announces An Impending Announcement: New Setting, Storyline
  18. Mike Mearls is back on the D&D RPG Team
  19. Older D&D Books on DMs Guild Now Have A Disclaimer
  20. WotC Confirms Horror-themed Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Top 20 General RPG News Stories (2020)
This news is a little more evenly spread. Cubicle 7 and Fantasy Flight Games both get multiple mentions, and big new product announcements include Heroquest, Batman, Ptolus, GI Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, and Masters of the Universe! Notable the top item on this list happened in 2019, but the views on the news story were still strong enough in early 2020 that it still topped this year's list!
  1. Cubicle 7 No Longer Producing The One Ring and Adventures in Middle Earth
  2. Fantasy Flight Games Discontinuing RPGs?
  3. Game Distributors Closing Down; RPG Publishers Affected
  4. Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths
  5. The One Ring/Adventures in Middle-earth License Goes to Free League
  6. Hasbro's Heroquest and Chaosium’s Role in the Board Game’s Return
  7. Monte Cook Games’ Next Kickstarter Is Ptolus (for 5E and Cypher)
  8. Chaosium Releases Basic Role Playing SRD
  9. A BATMAN RPG Has Just Been Announced
  10. GI Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony RPGs Also Confirmed For 2021
  11. Lay-offs at Fantasy Flight Games?
  12. FFG Star Wars & Other Roleplaying Games Aren't Going Away After All
  13. Pathfinder Adventure Paths Are Coming To Savage Worlds!
  14. Roll20's Latest Report Shows Growth Everywhere!
  15. ICv2's Latest Quarterly Chart: D&D Top, But PF2 Is Strong
  16. RPG Sales for Black Lives Matter
  17. You Have The Power! New Masters of the Universe RPG!
  18. Roll20 Reports First Drop For D&D
  19. Congratulations to the 2020 ENnies Winners!
  20. Critical Role Announces Publishing Company
Top 10 Pathfinder RPG News Stories (2020)
OK, so it’s 11. I think the biggest one here is the #3 item as it’s relatively new but has rocketed up this chart quickly. The two above it have had far longer to rack up the viewcounts, so I wouldn‘t be surprised to see the Savage Pathfinder news to overtake them.
  1. Here's What's Coming For Pathfinder Over The Coming Year
  2. Paizo Apologises For 'Police' Themed Adventure Path
  3. Pathfinder Adventure Paths Are Coming To Savage Worlds!
  4. Playtest Pathfinder's New Magus & Summoner Classes
  5. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Video Game Kickstarter Live
  6. Pathfinder 2E's African-inspired Sourcebook
  7. Logan Bonner Named Pathfinder Lead Designer
  8. Kingmaker Adventure Path's Cover Art
  9. Pathfinder 2E Errata 2E
  10. Pathfinder Kingmaker Definitive Edition Now On Consoles
  11. New Leadership at Paizo
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I'd be interested in hearing your methodology for "Top". Was it # of reactions? Or # of posts which followed the original post? Or number of views? Or something else?

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