The Top 25 RPGs Project was a tremendous success in terms of participation. I had hoped to get 50 gamers, bloggers, RPG writers, etc., to send in their choices for the 10-25 role playing games that had brought the most entertainment, influence, and fun to their participation of our hobby. I ended up with exactly 150 entries, and over 420 different games mentioned or nominated! Thank you all for helping make this a clearer, broader snapshot of our tastes as a gaming community. Thanks especially to our great sponsors: Postmortem Studios, Crafty Games, One Bad Egg/Evil Hat, and RPG Objects.
First off, I wanted to post some honorable mentions. The battle for the last few spots was tight, and came down to the last few submitted lists. These 5 just missed the cut, but definitely deserve an honorable mention:
Honorable Mentions: Boot Hill, Castles & Crusades, FUDGE, Cyberpunk 2020, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness.
The first 7-8 spots were pretty solid, then there was a bit of a vote drop-off, then spots 17-25 were fiercely contest, as were the honorable mention. All of the honorable mentions missed out on the Top 25 by 40 points or less.
You voted, you decided. Without further ado, here's your Top 25!:
Top 25 RPGs Project Final Rankings:
1) Basic/Original D&D
2) Call of Cthulhu
3) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 1st Edition
4) Traveller (Classic)
5) Star Wars (West End Games/d6)
6) Dungeons & Dragons 3.0/3.5
7) GURPS 3e
8) Tunnels & Trolls
10) RuneQuest (majority of 85% favored 2nd Edition)
11) Vampire: the Masquerade
12) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition
13) Gamma World (1st/2nd Editions)
14) Shadowrun 3e
15) Pendragon (Chaosium editions)
16) Warhammer Fantasy Role Playing 1st Edition
17) Marvel Super Heroes (FASERIP)
18) Savage Worlds
19) Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition
23) Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP)
24) Star Frontiers
(If you want to combine the D&D entries into a single entry, you can move the Honorable Mentions up accordingly).
If a game you like (or dislike) made the Top 25, be sure to spread the word! This list is supposed to foster some good-natured discussion and community activity, so let's get to it! Questions, comments, concerns, put them out there!
(You can read more about the scoring/ranking system here. Of course, this isn't scientific by any means, but I do think it's a fun project/snapshot nonetheless. Oh, and 1st-2nd-3rd were separated by less than 20 points).
After I notify the prize winners, I'll also put that information up here as well. Thanks again to everyone who participated!