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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 8:07 p.m. PST

"I went back and compared this to two other years: 1980, when the hobby was exploding, and 1990 when the hobby was cratering. I found some interesting things: in 1980 there were 56 games released that met my "wargame criteria" and 38 of them were boxed. This was out of 131 games in the Boardgamegeek database. In 1990, there were only 33 comparable games (!) released, only 17 of which were boxed. This is out of 113 games in the database. This shows you that even in that old data there is a lot of contamination by miniatures rules, science fiction and fantasy games, and stuff that isn't a wargame. Secondly, it shows just how much our hobby has rebounded from the dark days of the early '90s. Of course, this does not include sales numbers I'll bet that print runs in the 1970s and 1980s were larger than today.]

I was talking with a noted game designer on a podcast recently and he asked me how many wargames I thought came out in year. I said fifty. He said over a hundred. We continued this by email, at which point he directed me to a list of "wargames" on from 2016-2018 that he said was "20 pages long" and contained "real wargames, not space stuff or orcs." He said he started counting and stopped at page two when he "got to 106." QED?…"
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