Listener Survey Results

August 19, 2010

Here are some of the results from our latest listener survey. We had 70 responses, which is two or three times our previous responses.

Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edtition 19.73%
Dungeons and Dragons 3rd, 3.5 or Pathfinder 12.93%
Star Wars 10.2%
Savage Worlds 8.16%
GURPS 7.48%
Homebrew 7.48%
White Wolf 7.48%
Traveller 6.8%
Chaosium/BRP (includes Call of Cthulhu) 5.44%
Shadow Run 4.08%
Other D20 OGL System 3.4%
Fantasy Flight Games Titles (Rogue Trader, Dark Heresy, Grimm, etc) 2.72%
Indie System 2.04%
Hero System 1.36%
Fate/FUDGE-based Systems 0.68%
Burning Wheel/Mouseguard 0%

Again, I’m surprised that the various DnD flavors combined only hit 39%. The other notable response is that no one said they played Burning Wheel or Mouseguard. This reinforces my theory that only bloggers play these games.

Regarding how often you GM/DM:

I primarily GM/DM the games my group plays. 34%
I tend to GM/DM more often than other players in my group. 29%
I GM/DM occasionally. 18%
I rarely GM/DM — I am primarily a player. 15%
I’m a player and have no interest in GM/DMing. 3%

Again, not surprising. I figure most of the audience of podcasts and blogs are GMs or DMs. Though players are better represented that I expected, so we’re going to continue to work toward adding more content for players.

We also asked about listener email, as it’s the backbone of our content:

Like it! There’s just enough listener email and voicemail. 54%
Love it! I want more listener email and voicemail. 33%
It’s okay. Sometimes, there’s too much listern email and voicemail. 13%

Regarding the CONTENT of these emails what do you like/don’t like:

I want more Just right Too much I want less
Listeners’ gaming stories.
29.23%
64.62%
3.08%
3.08%
Homebrewed rules changes.
21.54%
61.54%
7.69%
9.23%
Questions about RPG topics.
54.55%
45.45%
0%
0%
Answers to questions posed in previous episodes.
34.85%
62.12%
1.52%
1.52%
Beer recommendations.
27.69%
35.38%
15.38%
21.54%

This may be of interest to those of you who write us emails, and when we get to the point where we have to limit the number of emails we read, we’ll definitely keep this in mind. So in the future, if your email includes QUESTIONS about RPGs, they’ll go to the front of the line, because more than half of our listeners want to hear more of your questions (and our answers, apparently).

And finally we asked about the rest of our content:

More please Just right I want less Make it go away
Recaps of our current games.
44.78%
49.25%
5.97%
0%
Commentary about the gaming industry.
26.87%
64.18%
8.96%
0%
Gaming stories from “the old days.”
40.3%
55.22%
4.48%
0%
Reviews/critiques of various RPG systems. 60.61%
36.36%
3.03%
0%
Tangents
23.88%
67.16%
8.96%
0%
Looking at this, we need to do some detailed reviews of the various systems we play. Additionally you want recaps of our current games and you want those of us with some gray hair to reminisce about the old days.
Thank you to everyone who took the survey. It’s still open if you want to voice your opinion.
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