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Dungeons & Dragons 5E is still the most popular RPG to play online by a long way, according to Roll20

Making up nearly half of all online TRPG campaigns.

Dungeons & Dragons 5E continues to be the most popular tabletop roleplaying game to play online, according to the latest player figures from tabletop RPG platform Roll20.

Roll20 is a service used by tabletop roleplayers to host tabletop RPGs online, with tools for GMs - such as a map maker, the ability to create NPCs and make edits to player characters - and players, including character sheets and an interactive combat system.

In the company’s Q4 2020 industry report for the last three months, which measures what percentage of Roll20 users are playing which TRPGs, Dungeons & Dragons 5E remained the most popular tabletop roleplaying game played on the platform. Over half of Roll20 account users - around 53% of players - play D&D 5E, with almost half (48%) of campaigns played using the system.

The number of Roll20 accounts playing every other TRPG listed on the report remain significantly less than those playing Dungeons & Dragons 5E, with the second-most popular single game - skipping the “uncategorised” tabletop RPGs bundled together in second place - being horror tabletop roleplaying game Call of Cthulhu with 10.50% of Roll20 users.

Pathfinder: Second Edition, which was released last year by Pazio, has risen in popularity over the last quarter, finding its way into the ten most popular RPGs for the first time. The game currently holds around 1.15% of players on Roll20; less than the original Pathfinder, which is currently played by 5.64% of users and is the third most popular single RPG on the list.

Every other tabletop roleplaying game listed after Pathfinder 1E only holds around 1% or less of the entire Roll20 player count. Both the World of Darkness - which includes RPGs Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Mage: The Ascension - and D&D 3.5E continue to pull in roughly the same percentage of players as they did during the last quarter: around 1.24% of Roll20 users.

Dungeons & Dragons 5E creator Wizards of the Coast recently announced a campaign book based on the world of actual play podcast, Critical Role, called Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, which is set to be released March 17th.

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Alex Meehan: After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.
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