The Orr Group Industry Report: Q1 2016

The Roll20 Team

The Roll20 Team


2016 is off to a great start, and we’re ready to take a look at the data for the first quarter of The Orr Group Industry Report. You can get a first glance the overview, below:

We keep knocking our Player Sample Size out of the park, and this quarter continues that trend with an increase of more than 9,000! Obviously we’re pleased as punch to see our community continue to grow, so we won’t waste time looking this gift horse in the mouth.

Digging into the games played on our site, Dungeon & Dragons 5th Edition is still the most-played system on Roll20. This quarter, the number of games increased by an additional 4.05%, meaning that 35.44% of all Roll20 games are using 5th Edition. This isn’t a big surprise to us, especially after the release of the SRD in January. While activity in Pathfinder, 3.5 Edition, and 4th Edition decreased ever so slightly, activity in those systems is holding pretty steady, so it seems as though the transition of players from other games to 5th Edition may be slacking off.

Check out the full report from Q1 2016, below:

We saw an uptick in Star Wars systems this quarter, which we suspect was influenced by RollPlay’s recent Star Wars one-shots, “Age of Rebellion” in December and “Balance of Power” in March. World of Darkness also performed well, hopefully due to our user base enjoying Roll20’s Mage campaign! In addition, Mouse Guard RPG games have doubled since Q4 of 2015, which we attribute to both the release of the second edition of Mouse Guard, as well as Roll20’s own one-shot of the game in January.

Roll20 is continuing our efforts to make our site more accessible for non-English speakers. We were glad to see enough activity in foreign-language games Tormenta (Brazilian) and Chroniques Oubliées (French) to validate adding these titles to the Orr Group Industry Report. We’ll continue tracking these going forward.

There are a few more new titles in this quarter’s report, which we gave special recognition due to increased activity in their game-specific character sheets. All Flesh Must Be Eaten is a survival horror game, while Paranoia is a darkly humorous dystopian RPG. It’s great to see more indie RPGs being used on Roll20!

Finally, Tavern Tales is a recently-funded Kickstarter RPG that is currently in open beta. We’re happy to see people have begun playing this new indie game on Roll20!

A Quick Note About The Orr Group Industry Report:

We pull our data from two locations within Roll20 member profiles. Player numbers are drawn from the “Enjoys Playing” and “Seeks Group For” sections, while Game numbers come from the “My Campaigns” section. Our percentages can total more than 100%, particularly Player numbers, since each player will list their interest in multiple games. The report is meant to be a representative sample, and the game listings are curated by Roll20 staff. For more details about how our report works, you can always look back at our in-depth explanation.

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