Last October The Orr Group, makers of Roll20, released a report which sparked plenty of healthy conversation. It said that Pathfinder was the single most popular RPG in the system but when you added up the editions that the D&D collective came top.
At the time Pathfinder was represented in 27% of games and 44% of players, D&D 3.5e was next with 18% of gamers and 45% of players and D&D 5e third with 12% of games and 17% of players.
The fourth quarter report shows a surge for D&D 5e. Pathfinder is still top with 24% of games and 42% of players, D&D 5e moves into second with 24% of games and 20% of players and D&D 3.5e slides into third with 16% of games and 43% of players. The Orr’s long (and large) infographic of the full chart can be found at the bottom of this post.
However, the change in stats has other significant influences. It’s worth reading this blog post from The Orr Group that explains how the report is calculated. The information is taken from information voluntarily assigned to profiles. Just issuing a report based on those stats will influence how gamers use their profiles.
Co-founder and Roll20 spokesperson Nolan T. Jones explained;
We expected our sample size to grow with population, but we also believe more users are taking the time to select what games they are playing in reaction to knowing their selections are being noted by the roleplaying community via The Orr Group Industry Report,”
The Orr Group cites healthy numbers; nearly 26,000 listed games from over 18,000 players in the system.