Gencon 2017 Event Demand Analysis

Derek Guder, event manager of Gencon 2017 posted an interesting analysis of Gencon 2017 event demand.  Basing the numbers on the wish lists submitted during event registration, he created a list of the most over-subscribed games. For example, a game with only 10 available seats had 200 people trying to get in is higher on the list than a 10 seat game with only 20 people vying for tickets. Here is the top few from the RPG list:


  • Call of Cthulhu (Mostly 7th edition, but some 5th & 6th. Interest was also concentrated at established groups, but just about everyone had more demand than could be accommodated)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (Almost entirely 5th, but with some 3.5 or Advanced 1st/2nd edition. This isn’t just a hunger for official events, either – independent GMs, as a group, were the second highest overall demand)
  • Starfinder
  • Star Wars (Specifically the new Fantasy Flight editions, all three flavors)
  • Savage Worlds (General, but also some focused interest
  • Shadowrun 5th edition
  • Dungeon Crawl Classics
  • Numenera

I highly suggest you read the entire thread to get the complete list including board games and his statistical methodology. Even though he freely admits it is a rough estimate, it makes for fascinating reading.  It warmed my heart to see “The Strange,”  “Numenera” and “Cypher System” fairly high on the list. Combined they would likely be near the top, even separated, they made great individual showings.

Trask, The Last Tyromancer




Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.