Many reports available up until now in regards to RPG systems, especially those being utilized in a virtual manner, were mostly based on how many of them were being purchased. But we all know someone who will purchase a game that sits and sits on a shelf and is rarely played. While that isn’t always something that can be measured with some games, the creators at Roll20, a virtual tabletop gaming platform, decided to put together their own reports.
They put together the Orr Industry Group and used statistics from Roll20 to determine how many people were using particular systems and where they ranked. I wasn’t surprised to see Pathfinder up towards the top, and seeing D&D 5E above 4E certainly confirmed what I’d gathered from talking to gamers! Something cool about the way this is presented is that those who have love for systems that are older can see that some people are still interested in their games.
For example, I know someone who is a big Traveller fan, but is frustrated that not many others seem to be interested. While it isn’t at the top of the list, it is still mentioned in the report and isn’t classified into “Other” miscellaneous RPG’s that don’t have their own stats. I had hoped to see The One Ring RPG on the list, but I have hope that its popularity will increase soon.
The Orr Group will be releasing frequent reports so that consumers and gamers can see the changing statistics of their favorite games. Some games such as Numenera Achtung! Cthulhu, and FATE got some awards this year that I believe will also increase their play statistics, so I’m interested to see how they move up, and onto, the report in future quarters. Check out Roll20 and play your favorite games if you want to see something move up that list!
Anything in this first report surprise you? Let us know your thoughts and your experience with the RPG’s on this report.