21 July 2017
Virtual tabletop Roll20 says that more people than ever are using the platform to roleplay over the internet
More people than ever are playing roleplaying games over the internet, according to virtual tabletop Roll20.
The platform, which offers the chance to host online games for Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder and dozens of other RPGs, has released its latest user figures, showing the booming popularity of D&D fifth edition.
According to the stats, more than half of Roll20 games are D&D fifth edition matches, with more than 60% of users – or 48,732 people – taking part in a 5E game in the last three months.
Second on the list is Pathfinder, the hugely popular spin-off based on D&D 3.5 launched back in 2009, which hosted 14% of games and just under 30% of players, with an audience of around 23,430.
Pathfinder is followed by D&D 3.5, with 6% of games and 27% of players – other series to make the top ten include RPGs based on Warhammer and Star Wars.
What’s particularly interesting is that as D&D 5E grows, its controversial fourth edition continues to shrink away – only 1.8% of games were 4E games, with 11% of players taking part.
In fact, D&D 4E has fallen far enough in popularity to be overtaken by World of Darkness, White Wolf’s roleplaying series including Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Mage: The Ascension.
Filling out the top ten is Shadowrun, with 1.5% of games and 10% of players.