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POLL: State of Historical Gaming in 2006?


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Sir Jolt Inactive Member writes:

Well, "Never Better" is the winner followed by "Same As Always" and "Gradual Improvement".

After having thought about this some more over the last few days, I would have to say that in terms of the "community"; it's a Golden Age.

In fact, you could say that about almost everything. The Internet has allowed for communication and the exchange of ideas in a way that wasn't even remotely possible before. Forums like this one, Yahoo! groups and what-not are excellent resources for many hobbies.

However, in terms of people actually playing the game, I would say Near Extinction. I simply just don't see enough new people playing. Actually, I don't see enough people playing period. And the ones who are are the same ones who have been doing so for the last 10+ years. I thing the industry has improved in many ways and maybe in Britain and Europe there has been growth but in the US, I just don't see it. There are too many "dead" areas in the US and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

I envy those of you who have children that show interest or who live near like-minded gamers. But I think that's a very small minority compared to most of the US where if you said "historical", people would respond with "Oh, you mean like Anachronism?" And you might be lucky to hear even that.

Sir Jolt


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
endangered
28
5%
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same as always
126
24%
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gradual decline
62
12%
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never better
144
28%
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gradual improvement
115
22%
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it's the golden age
40
8%
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nearing extinction
6
1%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

What do you think the conditon of historical wargaming as a hobby now is?

endangered

Historical wargaming as a hobby is in danger.

same as always

No change in the status quo - the hobby of historical wargaming is the same as it always has been.

gradual decline

Things are slowing getting worse.

never better

The hobby of historical gaming is doing better than ever before.

gradual improvement

Things are slowly getting better.

it's the golden age

Historical wargaming as a hobby is at its peak.

nearing extinction

Historical wargaming is on the verge of extinction.