That said, the results are interesting in their own way:
|Game type||Ever||Last Year|
As expected, the vast majority of respondents are RPG players; 96% ever and 87% in the last year. Card games came in second; 91% ever and 66% within the last year. Most of the other types of games named in the poll showed the same pattern; a majority have dipped their toe in the water at some point, but haven’t stuck with it over time. My own personal heart-break comes from the fact that although two-thirds of respondents have played hex-and-counter wargames at some point in their life, only a quarter of them have done so recently. Alas and alack!
LARPing does seem to be bringing up the rear; only a third of respondents have ever tried it, and almost none of them have done so recently. That’s somewhat surprising to me; is LARPing so different from pen-and-paper RPGs? I would have thought wargaming and miniatures were more different than RPGs, but perhaps that’s a function of the audience. Many more of us old-timers came from a heavier wargaming background, so perhaps it’s a cultural thing.
Thanks to all who responded, and feel free to discuss the results in the comments.