Reactions to the Top 25 RPGs list of the other day have been overwhelmingly positive. Most folks seem to understand that it was all in fun, and not meant to be scientific. The list were submitted largely by readers of this blog or other blogs in the RPG Bloggers Network. A few observations:
-Classic and older games largely dominated the list. Fairly recent games, like D&D 4e, were the exception to the rule.
-People expressed surprise that D&D 4e either a) made the list or b) was not at the top of the list. Many of the people who responded have clearly been gaming for a long time, and have seen a lot of games. It may just be that it hasn't had the time yet to be as influential as its predecessors, and possibly also due to the fractured reception it has had in online communities. Time will tell if 4e moves up the list or out entirely. And after all, we did get 150 participants, but it's hardly a scientific demographics study.
-Indie and "Forge" games were pretty much shut out. I think the highest-placing one was Dogs in the Vineyard, which was still just out of the Top 50.
-Pathfinder almost snagged an honorable mention, despite being only in Beta.
-I was personally pleased to see a number of games make the list, though many of my other faves got shut out. Aside from the D&D entries, I thought it was awesome Traveller still ranks so high. I was also personally happy that Hackmaster, Rifts, d6 Star Wars, and Risus made the list, and that Castles & Crusades hung on for an honorable mention. I was bummed Rolemaster didn't (thought I guess I should be happy with MERP hanging on). But most of all, I'm very happy people seemed to have fun with this. My next idea is to do one with settings, though I'd obviously drop the 10-25 requirement.
Here's a few more reactions from around the 'net on the Top 25 list to check and and comment on:
-Roleplaying Pro felt pretty good about the list overall, and offered his thoughts.
-Whitehall ParaIndustries, never short on interesting things to say, offers a bit of analysis as well.
-Trollish Delver is rightly pleased that Tunnels & Trolls snagged a Top 10 finish.
Apologies if I missed anyone (and I'm pretty sure I did)--please let me know about your post and I'll link it.