So how frequently do the respondents from the survey game? Today's analysis examines total responses by gaming frequency with breakouts by Primary Interest, Age Group, and Location.
Total Counts by Gaming Frequency
First up is a summary of total respondent counts by gaming frequency. The totals suggest that weekly gaming is, by far, the most popular gaming interval. Monthly gaming is a distant second. Until my switch to remote gaming during COVID and my own past experience, I figured weekly gaming was unattainable. Who is able to game on a weekly basis? Well, according to the survey, plenty of gamers do!
Now that weekly gaming is identified as the preferred gaming frequency for many, time to drill down into the data to examine if a few attributes can provide any insight into this result.
Gaming Frequency by Primary Interest
What does the survey suggest with respect to gaming frequency and primary interest? The results suggest that "Mixed" wargamers, on balance, game more frequently than the two groups that specialize in either fantasy/sci-fi (non-historical) or historical gaming. Historical wargamers tend to game more frequently than non-historical gamers. Non-historical wargamers tend to choose "infrequently" gaming more often than other groups. I suppose it could be argued that "infrequently" may mean different intervals to different gamers. Across all groups, roughly 30% of wargamers game on a weekly basis.
What if the data are segmented by Age Group? The survey results suggest that weekly wargaming sees a monotonically increasing march in percentage as one ages. Not a surprising result given that younger wargamers likely have more competing demands on their time. Notably, about 32% of gamers in the 21-40 age groups game less frequently than monthly.
Gaming Frequency by Location
Does a wargamer's location influence gaming frequency? This is an interesting question. What do the survey results suggest? While I was surprised to discover that about 30% of gamers participate in weekly games, bifurcating results by location was the biggest surprise.
Of the respondents from Continental Europe/Scandinavia, only about 23% of the gamers game on a weekly frequency. For the Australia/New Zealand and USA/Canada respondents, about 30% marked weekly gaming as their gaming interval. For UK/Ireland wargamers, 36% listed weekly as a gaming frequency. Compared to the rest of the world, wargamers in the UK/Ireland game a lot! This result may be due, in part, to the relative size of the countries and the availability of club wargaming groups.
- Contrary to my own wargaming experience, weekly wargaming intervals are not unusual. In fact, about 30% of respondents wargame on a weekly basis.
- When results are segmented by primary interest, gamers with broad interests of both historicals and non-historicals tend to game more frequently than do gamers that hold specific interests in either historicals or fantasy/sci-fi.
- Segmenting results by age group, the results suggest that gaming frequency increases as one ages. At least 70% of gamers in all but the youngest age group (20 and under) game no less than once per month.
- When considering a respondent's location as a factor, about 36% of UK/Ireland wargamers game on a weekly interval. This is more than any other location. In contrast, only about 23% of gamers from Continental Europe/Scandinavia tend to game on a weekly basis.
For me, the pandemic has pushed me from, at best, a monthly wargamer to a weekly gamer. In fact, I frequently have more than one game per week.
Are there other attributes in which to extend this analysis? For sure. A few of the possible cross-tabulations could include:
- Gaming Frequency vs Figure Size
- Gaming Frequency vs Game Type (skirmish, big battle, scenarios, etc.)
- Gaming Frequency vs Game Era
- Gaming Frequency vs Favorite Hobby Facet (gaming, painting, hanging out with friends, etc.)
I look forward to your feedback.