How many people subscribe to D&D stuff?

MerricB

Eternal Optimist
Supporter
Amusing myself with old posts and new data:

Dragon Magazine Subscribers
Code:
Issue Date Subs Total Paid
12     9/30/77       1164	 7381
22	9/26/78       1144	      7859
33	10/1/79       1951	      10,885
44	10/31/80      4558	 20,155
55	9/30/81	 11,531 48,119
67	9/30/82	 19,029 60,387
91	9/12/84	 36,974 118,021
104	9/27/85	 36,200 107,200
115	9/22/86	 29,598 88,758
127	9/28/87	 25,003 73,008
151	9/26/89	 26,800 99,628
163	10/1/90	 27,912 91,956
188	9/30/92	 23,685 89,985
200	10/1/93	 21,116 77,534
212	9/30/94	 20,105 74,753
236	10/14/96 14,357 54,812
242	10/15/97 12,435 44,163
266	10/10/99 13,224 31,536

Oct 2000 (#278) - 38,214
Oct 2001 (#290) - 49,627
Oct 2002 (#302) - 51,831
Oct 2003 (#314) - 68,585
Oct 2004 (#327) - 62,725
??? 2005 (#339) - 54,637
??? 2006 (#351) - 46,250

Current D&D Insider Subscribers: Unknown, but over 56,000.

Make of it what you will! :)

Cheers!
 

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TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
84 was the peak. The cartoon had come out in the fall of 83. Dragonlance would be released in 84. B..E..C..and M were out as were all of the "classic" modules...and Gygaxian goodness was available in seemingly every mall and town center on earth. As were D&D licensed toys. There were also dozens of other RPGs, including all those other classics (cyperpunk, shadowrun, and vampire would come in the age of decline, by there nature).

Of course, terrible managment meant that TSR was loosing money, the BADD crowd was rising...and it would only get worse.

At least, thats what I see.
 


Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
Where did you get that from?
I'm guessing that it is based on the 56523 members of the D&D Insider group in WotC's community. I think we've previously established that in order to be counted in that you need to (a) have a DDI account, and (b) have created a WotC community account. (Apparently, lapsed DDI subscribers are removed from that group.)

Hence the total number of DDI subscribers is equal to 56523 plus all the DDI subscribers who haven't also created WotC community accounts, or "at least 56000". If those are accurate deductions, then the real number is likely to be much higher than 56000, since there will be many DDI subscribers who have never visited the Community section of the WotC web site, or created accounts there.
 

Hussar

Legend
Casts *THREADOMANCY* :D

I just recently got a DDI sub and took a look at the current number: 62396 subscribed members. That's a 10% increase in three months. Does anyone know how fast or slow this number has been growing? 10%/quarter seems a pretty durn healthy growth rate.
 

Jack99

Adventurer
I'm guessing that it is based on the 56523 members of the D&D Insider group in WotC's community. I think we've previously established that in order to be counted in that you need to (a) have a DDI account, and (b) have created a WotC community account. (Apparently, lapsed DDI subscribers are removed from that group.)

Hence the total number of DDI subscribers is equal to 56523 plus all the DDI subscribers who haven't also created WotC community accounts, or "at least 56000". If those are accurate deductions, then the real number is likely to be much higher than 56000, since there will be many DDI subscribers who have never visited the Community section of the WotC web site, or created accounts there.

For example, in our group of 6, only I have ever logged in to the Community section at WotC.
 

Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
Casts *THREADOMANCY* :D

I just recently got a DDI sub and took a look at the current number: 62396 subscribed members. That's a 10% increase in three months. Does anyone know how fast or slow this number has been growing? 10%/quarter seems a pretty durn healthy growth rate.
There were 7972 DDI members also registered on the WotC forums on 2009-09-06. To get to 62396 today would require roughly an 8.6% increase per month, but that's slightly misleading, since the number doubled to 14392 between 2009-09-06 and 2009-10-06.

I'd estimate the average monthly growth rate at about 6-7% per month over the last two years, which does seem to be reasonably impressive.
 

xechnao

First Post
Just a question. Is it reasonable, for Wotc to have created a few accounts themselves? I am not saying it is happening, I am just asking if it could be a possibility to consider or if we should rather to exclude it.
 

Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
Just a question. Is it reasonable, for Wotc to have created a few accounts themselves? I am not saying it is happening, I am just asking if it could be a possibility to consider or if we should rather to exclude it.
Reasonable? I would say no. Possible? Well, yes, of course. But I would consider it very unlikely.
 

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