Have you ever played a game in a pub, bar or cafe? It might be a case that your local roleplaying group grabs a table in the back room of a pub on Wednesday night or perhaps you occasionally pop into the local board games cafe?
Geek Native’s data shows that people who consider themselves to be infrequent gamers are slightly more likely to have done this than readers who describe themselves as frequent gamers.
How do we know? Earlier this year, Geek Native ran a competition to give away copies of the pig and bar themed BARPIG card game. To enter the contest, you had to say whether you considered yourself to be a frequent gamer, an infrequent gamer or not a gamer at all.
9.8% of all people responding to the survey said they weren’t gamers. I can only speculate they were trying to win the game for someone else. That was nice of them, but you do have to avoid using the phrase “I won this and thought of you” whenever handing over a pig prize.
Here’s the breakdown of responses.
As usual for Geek Native’s quirky data, it needs to be stressed that this survey was far from robust. There were about 150 respondents to the poll, but everyone was trying to win something.
Let’s zoom into the data for those people who called themselves frequent gamers.
33.33% of those respondents said they had played in a pub, cafe, bar or similar venue.
The same slice for infrequent gamers is a bit larger, coming out at 38.71%.
In both cases, people are yet to take to gaming and drinking at the same time. Most people haven’t played while out at the cafe or bar.
It’s entirely possible that these infrequent gamers only ever play socially. Perhaps they only play when friends gather in a board game cafe. In contrast, maybe the more hardcore gamers started with nightly RPG sessions and have not yet found the need to pull out rule books or even card games when they’re at the pub.
Creative Commons credit: Tavern Meeting by Hima Khuriroy.
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