How long have you been gaming?

How long have you been gaming?

  • 1 year or less

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2-5 years

    Votes: 4 1.8%
  • 6-10 years

    Votes: 5 2.2%
  • 11-20 years

    Votes: 15 6.6%
  • 21-30 years

    Votes: 42 18.4%
  • 31-40 years

    Votes: 129 56.6%
  • 41 years or more

    Votes: 33 14.5%


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Lord Mhoram

Adventurer
I started with Holmes Basic. A friend introduced me to it - they had been in Kansas over the summer and had got that game - so they ran a module (B1) and I joined. I was hooked ever since. I gamed with them, and bought the brand new nifty hardcover Players Handbook, and it took me a bit to release it was a different game, and not just a more complex version of what I had been playing. I also got the new Gamma World when it came out the next year. All of this started in '77.
I played TSR pretty exclusivily until I went to University in 1985, where I really learned about all the other game systems out there, including Champions (later HERO) that became my game of choice until very recently. My wife games, and so usually one or the other of us GMed our HERO group, so we tried a bunch of different games over the years for games just for the two of us to play - something that had a different play experience than HERO.
 

MGibster

Legend
Interesting there isn't a single person with under 10 years of gaming here so far. Any newbies out there?
Given the demographics of gamers in general, I'm more than a little shocked to see the high percentage of 31-40 year players. Are the younger players all on TikTok or Reddit?
 



J.Quondam

CR 1/8
Given the demographics of gamers in general, I'm more than a little shocked to see the high percentage of 31-40 year players. Are the younger players all on TikTok or Reddit?
Yeah, or something like that.
As a social media format, forums are the domain of the olds.
 
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J.Quondam

CR 1/8
The poll is not about how old you are, but how long have you been gaming. If you take an average starting age of 10, then you can extrapolate that 88% of the people responding to this poll on this forum are over age 40+.
Ah, that's a good point.
I stand corrected.
 


Teo Twawki

Coffee ruminator
I first played (CoC) in my late teens in East Germany, but didn't really start frequent gaming until the winter of '92-'93 in Yugoslavia (T2k). But since neither of those countries exist anymore, does that mean my experience might be mythical as well?

Our immediate gaming group has a couple of people who met Christmas, 1977 playing Traveller, but it took few more chance-encounters between the two over a 15 year period (at military boarding school '84 and in Yellowstone Park '95) before they become best friends. The three of us have gamed together in some dynamic on and off since the turn of the century. Collectively, we've got about 120 years... we are all lucky enough to have gotten old. 🧓:cool:
 

dragoner

solisrpg.com
All sites have tendency to self select, so that if anywhere is the domain of older people, the younger will choose to go someplace else, and vice versa.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
As expected that these forums don't jibe with the current demos of the game.
To be a little more specific, participation in the forum, as opposed to lurking/checking out the news, skews older than the general D&D population. But it‘s also an old site with lots of long-term participants as well who were up to 20 years younger when they joined (including myself). And that’s gonna bias it a bit.
 


Mezuka

Hero
41+ years. I started playing around 1978-79 (I was 13-14) with pull-out hex and counter wargames in a French magazine called Jeux & Statégies. I barely remember playing those.

I don't see the day I'll stop playing but I admit playing solitary games more often. I'm also collecting two-player games, as my wife is a very good gamer.

My future as an RPG GM is uncertain. I'm very tired the next day after evening games now, even with lighter systems. If I could find a group that plays in the afternoon it would be much easier for me.
 

fba827

Adventurer
…. That moment when you look at this poll, start doing math in your head, and remember that , wow, I’ve been doing this a really long time and I’m really old…. :ROFLMAO:
And that this thread is also old, relatively speaking as threads go….
 

IvyDragons

Explorer
Given the demographics of gamers in general, I'm more than a little shocked to see the high percentage of 31-40 year players. Are the younger players all on TikTok or Reddit?
Since the poll was 5 years ago, probably 80% of the users are 50+ though some may have died since the poll came out :)

All the 20-35yo are on reddit, and it has massive numbers compared to enworld, probably 500 times larger for dnd.

Tiktok is 15-20yo or 50-60yo pervs, not much in between.
 



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