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D&D Retains Top Spot in Spring RPG Sales Charts, Starfinder Climbs to #2

August 1, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dungeons & Dragons remains an unstoppable force on roleplaying games sales, while Paizo’s Starfinder has surged back to the runner-up spot. ICv2 has released its Spring 2019 list of the top five roleplaying games and Dungeons & Dragons has maintained the spot it has held since Fall of 2014 at #1.

While D&D’s position is no surprise, it’s not expected to have as easy of a time next quarter. Pathfinder Second Edition officially launched on Thursday at Gen Con, and is perhaps the most anticipated RPG launch since D&D 5E. Pathfinder was the game that knocked D&D out of the top spot back in 2011, holding onto #1 for three years until Fifth Edition came around.

Meanwhile, Paizo’s other big RPG in Starfinder made its return to the #2 spot after dropping to #4 last quarter. The game supersedes Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG (featuring Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and Force & Destiny) as the best-selling science-fiction RPG. Star Wars RPG held onto its spot at #3. Fantasy Flight’s other game, Legend of the Five Rings, dropped out of the top five.

Coming in at #4, up a spot from last quarter, is White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. The update of the World of Darkness game has been a hit both commercially and critically despite a few PR bumps in the road, winning Best RPG at this year’s Origin Awards.

And finally, coming in at #5 for the quarter is Pathfinder First Edition. The game returned to the top five after dropping out completely last quarter, likely bouyed by excitement for the new edition.

The ICv2 sales charts are compiled quarterly based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.