In late 2000, the Dungeons and Dragons movie was released to critical scorn and financial failure. It didn’t even manage to make back it’s relatively meager budget of $33.8 million. A year later, The Phantom Menace released to mixed reviews but was a box office smash, grossing over a billion dollars. Fast forward to today, I was scanning the Q4 game data published by Roll20. Unsurprisingly, D&D 5E reigns supreme there, and it’s not particularly close. 53% of all campaigns on roll20 are D&D. Juxtaposing our movie comparison, Stars Wars (any version) accounts for a paltry 0.72%. Why is it that one of the largest media juggernauts of all time is so thoroughly outclassed in roleplaying popularity?