David Whyld’s last game on IFDB was released in 2014. His game count is even more impressive when you realize that his first game was released in 2001 (the only one that year). He also only released one title in 2014. That means the remaining 60 titles were released from 2002-2013. That’s 5 games per year during that time, or nearly one every two months.
If you want something even more insane, every one of Max Di Bello’s 55 games were released in either 1986 or 1987. That’s a new game every 13 days. I suppose he must have died from exhaustion in 1987, which is why we haven’t heard anything since.
I must be searching incorrectly for D.B.T. because it isn’t coming up for me on IFDB.
As for Paul Allen Panks, his spread of 46 games is in between 1993 and 2007. That’s a bit more sedate pace of roughly 3 games a year, which is a bit more close to the norm of current active authors, he just kept it up for 15 years.
Emily Short has a spread between 2000 and 2018 for 45 games. That’s about 1 every 5 months, or roughly 5 games every two years, although she has a spread even further than Paul Allen Panks.
Anyway, with the exception of D.B.T. that I failed searching for, the top 5 most prolific authors on IFDB have collectively not released a game in 5 years, most in a decade or more.
With Andrew Schultz still actively releasing and only 1 game behind Emily Short, he could take first place soon. His years with releases range from 2011 to 2022 with 44 games. That’s about one game every three months. His last releases were on October 31st, 2022. So if that average holds out, he should hit 63 games in 1,892 days after his last release. This would be a Wednesday, specifically January 5th, 2028. Sooner if he keeps his 2022 pace of 7 games/year. That’d be 991 days after latest release or Friday, July 18th, 2025.
So, in short, I predict Andrew will become the King of IFDB sometime between July 18th, 2025 and January 5th, 2028.