I wasnt 100% sure whether to put this here or in rpg chat, but I believe its design related, so I did here.
Some time ago I started to try and get information about gateway games - games which were the first that kickstarted rpg community in a given country (or more then one, if that’s the case). I believe that first popular game is usually the one that becomes the point of reference, and also shapes design trends and community.
I know that in US and many many countries it was D&D, but for example in Poland it was Warhammer.
This is what I got so far:
I would welcome any additional info (doc its editable), and also discussion on how games in different countries inspired design trends and community there.
Games I got at the moment of posting:
|Poland||Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay|
|Germany||Die Schwarze Auge|
|Sweden||Drakar och Demoner (CoC/BRP inspired)|
|France||D&D / Die Schwarze Auge|
|Spain||D&D (to be confirmed)|
|Israel||D&D (to be confirmed)|
|Brazil||GURPS and Vampire the Masquerade|
|Russia||Russian gateway game was Age of Aquarius (local developed) in early 00-th. And Savage Worlds from 2011 till now.|
|Norway||The red and blue box of BEMCI D&D was translated into Norwegian in the mid '80s. Also the Norwegian edition of Drakar och Demoner.|
|New Zealand||D&D (Red Box and later)|
|Austria||Die Schwarze Auge|