Sunday, October 6, 2019

News - Top RPG Rulesets for Fantasy Grounds through 2019-Q3

Smiteworks released the above piechart showing the top Fantasy Grounds games run by ruleset for the last 12 month period, and I think its a very interesting graphic.

It certainly shows the dominance of D&D 5e, with 70% of the games played on Fantasy Grounds using the ruleset. Pathfinder, both 1e and 2e, combine to about 10%. If you add Starfinder into the Paizo slice of the pie, its probably around 12%. Paizo is now a very distant number two.

What really brings a smile to my face is the fact that AD&D comes in with over 11k games run. That's about half the Starfinder numbers (and more than the number of 4e games run) and not bad at all for a ruleset from the late 70s ;)

Here's the link: https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forums/entry.php?360-Top-Rulesets-for-Fantasy-Grounds-through-2019-Q3

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  1. Thanks for sharing this info, Erik. I wonder how these market share figures would compare if pulled from a broader-footprint platform like DriveThru or Lulu. Have you seen similar data from other platforms?


    1. Some additional context from ICv2 spring 2019 RPG sales: https://icv2.com/articles/markets/view/43732/top-5-roleplaying-games-spring-2019


  2. It'd be interesting to see a comparison and totals of both Fantasy Grounds and Roll20.

  3. Heartbreaking that Eclipse Phase is not even a blip on the radar.

  4. Remember that with Fantasy Grounds is heavily bias towards what rulesets are avaliable. The above should be read as "Out of the rulesets avaliable on Fantasy Grounds these are the ones most commonly used."

  5. Conversely while Roll20 has explicit support for RPGs via character sheet and other customization options. It also has a tag system that you use when you create your game. So what FG calls CoreRPG and MoreCore has additional information via the tags that let's Roll20 figure out what being played.


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