The Geek Annual User POLL 2018: Results & Analysis
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This geeklist shows my analysis of the results of 2018 Geek Users Poll, which you can find here

My thanks to all those who participated and commented. Feel free to contribute with your own analysis and comments.

This is the (semi-offical) Geek user poll. I’ve run this four times previously (2008, 2010, 2011 & 2013). So it isn’t really an annual poll. You can see the 2013 poll HERE and analysis of the answers HERE.

The 2008 poll originally started as a joke based on an internal employee-satisfaction survey, but seemed to be interesting to users and useful to Aldie & the Admins.

The response rate to the poll has gradually increased: 700 in 2008, 3000 in 2010, 4000 in 2011 and 4700 in 2013. In 2018 I timed the poll really badly and it went live when the site was having a lot of downtime/slowness. So far we've had nearly 4100 respondents, but feel free to add your answers if you haven't been in.

Thanks to all for taking part and thanks for making this site and community what it is.

Well done Aldie the Admins, and all of us.
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This item title is a link to the poll thread. At this point nearly 4100 users have taken part in the poll, about 600 less than the 2013 poll and 100 more than the 2011 poll.

3500 of those users also answered the 'supplementary' poll (3800 last time) and 3000 the 'opinion' polls that were in the same thread as the main poll. It seems there cannot be too many questions for most of us!

The polls are still open, so if you want to contribute your views you still can. There are some extra polls and some of them have not been answered by many of the main poll respondents.

In the following analysis I talk about 'us'. That is the 'us' that answered the poll, which is arguably representative of that portion of the BGG-viewing public who are both registered and answer polls. For the purposes of this analysis I'm going to treat this as being representative of the views of the entire population of BGG users. Which may drive suspect conclusions for some questions.
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2. Board Game: Who? What? Where? [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:4946]
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Sex
The vast majority (87.6%) of us are male. While low, since the last poll the Female proportion has seen a large increase from 7.7% to 11%.
0.5% of respondents selected "other" rather than male or female and 0.9% preferred not to answer.

skutsch's poll had 90% identifying heterosexual, 3% as homosexual/gay and 3.5% as bisexual, 2% as 'other'. Also 1.2% as transgender.

Age
The biggest group of us (35.9%) are in the 36-45 age range and 67% are 26-45.
In the last poll the 26-35 age group was the biggest one, and 75% were in the 26-45 age group.

About 0.6% are 18 or younger
5% are 25 or younger (7% 2013, 9% 2011, 11% 2010)
28% are 46 or older (19% 2013, 16% 2011, 13% 2010)
6% are 56+ (3% in 2013 and 2011)

So the geek continues to have an aging demographic, with the 46+ age groups all showing net growth. Not a great indication for the future of boardgames/RPGs, though this should be taken in context of the large increase in the number of people who took the poll (which is presumably related to the increase in the number of active users of this site).

National Identity

So where are we from? This question has been asked a lot of times on this site and answered a few times. The USA geeks dominate, that is clear. Here are the results (with major differences from last time in brackets).

56% USA (57% 2013, 53% 2011, 55% 2010)
8% UK
8% Canada
5% Germany (4% 2013, 3% 2011)
3% Australia
2.5% Netherlands
1.8% Belgium
1.6% Sweden
1% Hungary (0.4%)
1% Poland
0.8% Italy
0.8% Spain 0.8% (1.6% 2013, 4% 2011, 5% 2010 - continuing exodus!)
0.8% France
0.8% New Zealand
0.6% Brazil (1% 2013, 1.3% 2011)
0.5% Denmark (0.8%)
0.5% Finland (1.3%)
0.5% Switzerland
0.5% Norway
0.4% Israel
0.4% Austria
0.4% Greece (1.2%)
0.30% Mexico
0.3% Portugal
0.3% Russia (0.7%)
0.3% Ireland
0.3% Singapore

Other countries were 0.2% or less.

Only 9 users responded from the whole of Africa (8 in 2013, 5 in 2011, 1 in 2010), 7 specifying South Africa.
Of the most populous countries in the world, China had 2 users (2 in 2013) and India had 5 (1 in 2013).

UK number breaks down to 6.6% England, 0.7% Scotland, 0.4% Wales and 0.1% Northern Ireland.

The actual question asked was "What is your main country of residence". 92% of us were born in their main country of residence.

I added some prototype "matrix" questions to drill into the data. I'm not sure everyone completely understood them, but they seemed to give some insights:

The older users of the site make up a bigger proportion in the UK (49% 46+) and US (42% 46+).
European users tend to be younger (40% 35 or younger).

In kataclysm's women only poll the 79 users who answered it had a slightly higher average age than the main poll.
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3. Board Game: Got It!: Math Geek [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Geeks per Million

Where #Geeks answered the full country poll, for countries with at least 2 respondents.

19.1 United States Virgin Islands 104,901 (2 geeks!)
17.9 Iceland 335,025 (was top in 2013 with 22)
12.1 Guernsey and Jersey 165,314 (2 geeks!)
7.3 Canada 36,624,199
6.9 Luxembourg 583,455
6.2 New Zealand 4,705,818
6.1 United States 324,459,463
6.1 Sweden 9,910,701
5.0 Netherlands 17,035,938
4.9 Scotland 5,259,000
4.8 Australia 24,450,561
4.8 Belgium 11,429,336
4.2 England 53,010,000
3.8 Estonia 1,309,632
3.4 Hungary 9,721,559
3.3 Finland 5,523,231
3.2 Norway 5,305,383
3.1 Denmark 5,733,551
2.2 Switzerland 8,476,005
2.2 Germany 82,114,224
2.1 Ireland 4,761,657
2.0 Wales 3,063,000
1.7 Austria 8,735,453
1.7 Israel 8,321,570
1.7 Croatia 4,189,353
1.6 Singapore 5,708,844
1.5 Latvia 1,949,670
1.4 Slovenia 2,079,976
1.4 Lithuania 2,890,297
1.1 Northern Ireland 1,811,000
1.1 Greece 11,159,773
1.1 Portugal 10,329,506
0.9 Poland 38,170,712
0.8 Puerto Rico 3,663,131
0.8 Serbia 8,790,574
0.8 Romania 19,679,306
0.7 Spain 46,354,321
0.5 Italy 59,359,900
0.5 Czech Republic 10,618,303
0.4 Costa Rica 4,905,769
0.4 France 64,979,548
0.4 Slovakia 5,447,662
0.3 Hong Kong 7,364,883
0.2 Chile 18,054,726
0.2 Belarus 9,468,338
0.2 South Korea 50,982,212
0.1 Ukraine 44,222,947
0.1 South Africa 56,717,156
0.1 Brazil 209,288,278
0.1 Mexico 129,163,276
0.1 Argentina 44,271,041
0.1 Cameroon 24,053,727
0.04 Russia 143,989,754
0.04 Colombia 49,065,615
0.04 Japan 127,484,450
0.02 Turkey 80,745,020
0.02 Iran 81,162,788
0.004 India 1,339,180,127
0.001 China 1,409,517,397
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4. Board Game: Made in the USA the Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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USA State Breakdown

The State question was in the supplementary poll. 2009 users have responded (of 2285 who said they were from the US in the main poll) the results are:
(last number is population size)

10.9% California 36,756,666 (still #1 11% last time)
7.5% Texas 24,326,974 (stays 2nd, 6.8% 2013)
5.3% Washington 6,549,224 (stays 3rd, was 10th in 2010)
5.0% Illinois 12,901,563 (up from 5th, 6th in 2011)
4.6% Ohio 11,485,910 (down from 4th in 2013, 3rd in 2011)
4.5% Pennsylvania 12,448,279
3.7% New York 19,490,297
3.5% Indiana 6,376,792
3.5% Wisconsin 5,627,967
3.2% Minnesota 5,220,393 (3.8%)
3.0% Massachusetts 6,497,967
2.9% Oregon 3,790,060
2.7% Colorado 4,861,515 (3.2%)
2.7% Florida 18,328,340 (3.3%)
2.7% Michigan 10,003,422 (3.8%)
2.6% Maryland 5,633,597
2.6% Virginia 7,769,089
2.6% Utah 2,736,424
2.5% Missouri 5,911,605
2.0% North Carolina 9,222,414
1.8% Georgia 9,685,744
1.6% Arizona 6,500,180
1.6% Iowa 3,002,555
1.2% New Jersey 8,682,661
1.2% Kansas 2,802,134
1.2% Tennessee 6,214,888
1.1% Connecticut 3,501,252
1.0% Kentucky 4,269,245
1.0% South Carolina 4,479,800
0.9% Alabama 4,627,851
0.9% New Hampshire 1,315,809
0.9% Oklahoma 3,642,361
0.7% New Mexico 1,984,356
0.6% Idaho 1,523,816
0.6% Maine 1,316,456
0.5% Alaska 686,293
0.5% Louisiana 4,410,796
0.5% Rhode Island 1,050,788
0.4% Vermont 621,270
0.4% Nevada 2,600,167
0.4% West Virginia 1,814,468
0.3% Arkansas 2,855,390
0.3% DC 591,833
0.3% Nebraska 1,783,432
0.3% Hawaii 1,288,198
0.3% Mississippi 2,938,618
0.2% Delaware 873,092
0.2% Montana 967,440
0.2% Wyoming 532,668
0.1% South Dakota 804,194
0.0% North Dakota 641,481

If someone can do a colour-coded map, that would be great!

Geeks per million:

19.0 Utah 2,736,424
16.3 Washington 6,549,224
16.0 Alaska 686,293
15.3 Oregon 3,790,060
14.5 Vermont 621,270
14.4 New Hampshire 1,315,809
12.6 Wisconsin 5,627,967
12.5 Minnesota 5,220,393
11.3 Colorado 4,861,515
11.1 Indiana 6,376,792
11.0 Iowa 3,002,555
9.5 Rhode Island 1,050,788
9.4 Maryland 5,633,597
9.4 Massachusetts 6,497,967
9.1 Maine 1,316,456
8.6 Kansas 2,802,134
8.5 Idaho 1,523,816
8.5 Missouri 5,911,605
8.4 Delaware 873,092
8.0 DC 591,833
8.0 Ohio 11,485,910
7.8 Illinois 12,901,563
7.5 Wyoming 532,668
7.2 Pennsylvania 12,448,279
7.1 New Mexico 1,984,356
6.8 Virginia 7,769,089
6.3 Connecticut 3,501,252
6.2 Texas 24,326,974
5.9 California 36,756,666
5.4 Michigan 10,003,422
5.1 Arizona 6,500,180
4.9 Oklahoma 3,642,361
4.7 Kentucky 4,269,245
4.7 Hawaii 1,288,198
4.5 South Carolina 4,479,800
4.4 North Carolina 9,222,414
4.4 West Virginia 1,814,468
4.1 Montana 967,440
4.1 Alabama 4,627,851
3.9 Nebraska 1,783,432
3.9 Tennessee 6,214,888
3.8 Georgia 9,685,744
3.8 New York 19,490,297
3.7 South Dakota 804,194
3.1 Nevada 2,600,167
2.9 Florida 18,328,340
2.9 New Jersey 8,682,661
2.5 Arkansas 2,855,390
2.3 Louisiana 4,410,796
2.0 Mississippi 2,938,618
1.6 North Dakota 641,481
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5. Board Game: Married With Children: Act Like...Think Like...Be Like a...Bundy [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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Partners and Kids?

77% living with a partner (63% married, up from 62% in 2013, 60% 2011)
20% single (21%, 2013)
2.2% are 'other'

Over half of us have children - 14% have one, 23% two, 9% three, 5% four or more.

Not much change from last time, just slightly more marriage and slightly more children!

The 'matrix' polls gave some interesting insights:

% Married increased with age (55% 35 or younger, 71% 36-45, 73% 46+)

% Married by Country:

75% USA
73% Asia (Other)
67% Canada
62% UK
61% Australia/NZ
61% Netherlands
47% Europe (Other)
42% Germany
42% Americas (Other)

Note that the younger populations of those bottom three are also probably impacting marriage rates as well as cultural norms.

Having children increased with age (36% 35 or younger, 60% 36+)

Having children also increased the size of people's game collections! And it increased the frequency of playing games!

kataclysm's women only poll had 55% married - less than the main poll, and 67% with Zero children, again less than the main poll.
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6. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:4169]
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Gaming Preferences

When asked what sort of games we enjoy we said: (% in brackets is 2013 if significant change)

91% Euro boardgames
79% Co-operative
72% Ameritrash/Thematic (78%)
68% Family/Gateway
57% Abstract (51%)
52% Video games (57%)
49% Party
45% Solo
44% Standard card games
41% RPGs
40% Auction
38% Dexterity
33% Wargames (40% 2013, 47% 2011)
32% Word
32% Miniatures
31% Negotiation (40%)
29% Online games (33% 2013, 36% 2011, 43% 2010)
20% CCGs (27%)
20% Kids
17% Sports

When Pushed for Favourite Game Type:

51% Euro boardgames
16% Ameritrash/Thematic (21%)
11% Co-operative (8% 2013, 4% 2011)
5% Wargames (8%)
4% RPGs
3% Family/Gateway
3% Solo
2% Abstract
1% Video games
1% Miniatures
1% Negotiation
1% Party
1% CCGs
0.4% Auction
0.4% Standard card games
0.3% Dexterity
0.2% Sports
0.2% Word
0% Kids
0% Online games

So a fall in confrontational/thematic/war and a rise in co-op and abstract.

kataclysm's women-only poll showed a greater love of co-ops (17%), solo (6%) and less for wargames (3%) and thematic (10%).
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7. Board Game: Group Therapy [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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How big is your main gaming group?

A massive spread, but most of us have 4-6 people in our main gaming group. Overall there has been a trend to slightly smaller groups than in 2013.

16% I don’t have a main gaming group

5% I mainly play solitaire (3%)
12% 2 people (9%)
8% 3 people
19% 4 people
11% 5 people
8% 6 people (10%)
7% 7-9 people
9% 10-15 (12%)
4% 16-30
1% 31-50
1% 51+

On Average how often do you play boardgames, CCGs and/or RPGs?

82% of us play at least weekly! Yeah! (up from 78%)
A Quarter play every couple of days and a deprived 8% play a maximum of once a month (10%)

7% Daily (6%)
26% Every 2 or 3 days (19%)
20% Twice Weekly
29% Weekly (32%)
10% Fortnightly (12%)
6% Monthly
2% Less than monthly (3%)

So overall a shift towards us playing more frequently - nice!

How do you plan and organise your game groups?

29% FaceBook (26%)
24% email (34%)
21% Phone Text messages (28%)
20% Face to Face conversation (25%)
14% whatsapp (not in 2013)
13% Meetup
10% Discord (not in 2013)
10% No need to organise it (21%)
7% Other method
6% BoardGameGeek Guilds (12%)
5% Doodle.com
5% Someone else organises it
5% Slack (not in 2013)
4% Google Calendar
4% Phone Invites (14%)
2% BoardGameGeek Other (4%)
2% Evite
1.5% google groups
1.3% Yahoo Groups (5%)
0.6% Google+ event (4%)
0.5% obsidian portal
0.3% boardgamemeetup
0.2% abreojogo.com
0.2% WhenIsGood
0.2% whoozin.com
0.1% ddodle.com
0.1% http://pa.d6.fi/
0.1% saskgames.com
0.1% https://band.us/

So a fall in traditional communication methods with a move to various apps. Interesting to see a number of previous tech methods dying out.
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8. Board Game: Online: Internet Card Game [Average Rating:4.78 Overall Rank:14618]
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What other websites do you frequently visit?

The most popular websites of those listed were:

82% youtube (76%)
76% amazon
61% wikipedia (70%)
59% facebook.com
38% imdb.com (43%)
28% reddit.com (15%)
28% Twitter (23%)
27% ebay (37%)
18% instagram (-)
16% Dropbox (23%)
15% linkedin
13% bbc.co.uk
12% goodreads.com
8% craigslist (12%)

plus.google.com dropped from 11% to 2%. Game over man!

What other gaming sites do you visit?

36% NONE OF THE ABOVE
28% dicetower.com (-)
22% shutupandsitdown.com (-)
19% boardgameprices.com (23%)
11% geekandsundry.com/shows/tabletop (-)
6% Coolminiornot.com (-)
5% opinionatedgamers.com (19%)
4% consimworld.com (17%)
4% friendless extended stats (11%)
3% rpg.net (11%)
3% spielbox.de (13%)
3% pairofdiceparadise.com (-)
2% geekdad.com/category/entertainment/tabletop-games (-)
2% enworld.org (4%)
2% bordspelmania.eu (4%)
2% EverythingBoardGames.com
2% tabletopgamingnews.com
2% trictrac.net
2% boardgamequest.com
2% faidutti.com (8%)
2% web-grognards (6%)
1% cliquenabend.de (4%)
1% fortressat.com (11%)
1% hall9000.de 
1% boardgaming.com (8%)
1% theminiaturespage (5%)
1% boardgameinfo.com (3%)
1% spielboy.com (7%)
1% brokenmeeple.blogspot.co.uk
1% purplepawn.com (6%)

A collapse in the use of a lot of the sites in the last poll and ones that weren't covered taking their place.

What online gaming sites do you regularly visit?

24% miniaturemarket.com (-)
21% Steam (25%)
14% BoardGameArena.com (14%)
11% twitch.tv (-)
10% Yucata.de (14%)
6% boiteajeux.net (6%)
4% Tabletopia (-)
3% Vassalengine.org (7%)
3% facebook.com (13%)
2% DaysofWonder.com (7%)
2% boardgaming-online.com (5%)
2% BrettspielWelt.de (6%)

44% said that they don't play online.
There were many other options, but they got 1% or less.
So a lot of big falls and new sites.
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9. Video Game: Test Video Game old [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Which of the Video Games Platforms do you regularly play games on?

81% of us play Video games (86% - getting older!)

44% PC (51%)
44% Boardgame apps (anywhere I guess) (-)
22% Smartphone (other) (19%)
21% Tablet (iOS) (28%)
21% Smartphone (iOS) (23%)
17% PS4 (3%)
13% Nintendo Switch (-)
12% Xbox One (2%)
9% Older/Retro consoles (11%)
9% 3DS (8%)
8% Tablet (other) (11%)
7% Xbox 360 (23%)
7% PS3 (21%)
7% Wii (19%)
6% Mac (9%)
6% Wii U (5%)
3% DS (6%)
2% PS2 (5%)
2% PSVita (2%)
1% PSP (2%)
0% Ouya (1%)

Which Virtual Reality video game setups have you used?

77% I have not used any virtual reality setups
9% an aftermarket 3D viewer for mobile phones (e.g. Google Cardboard)
7% Oculus
6% HTC Vive
6% PlayStation VR
4% Gear VR
2% Some other VR setup
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10. Board Game: Chez Geek [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5604]
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Which domain do you most use to access this site?

97% boardgamegeek.com (96%)
1.6% rpggeek.com (2.2%)
0.5% videogamegeek.com (0.8%)
0.6% bgg.cc

Seeing rpggeek and videogamegeek usage shrinking.

Which geek sites do you regularly use?

99% Boardgames (99%)
9.5% RPGs (12%)
6% Videogames (7%)

More drop-off for RPG and Videogamegeek usage.

Do you use a mobile Geek app?

67% None
17% BoardGameGeek (Android) (18%)
5% BGG companion (android)
4% Boardgames (iOS)
4% MyBGG (iOS)
3% BGGmobile iOs (13%)
1% iBGG (iOS)
1% Bgg search
1% Board Game Companion (android)
1% Score Geek
0% Bggmobile Windows Phone
0% Minibgg.com
0% QuickBGG (android)

Some of these are probably dead now.

4.6% Use an RSS reader to access the site (6%)
28% Don't know what an RSS reader is

What other geekdo.com site would you like to see the most?

48% said "None" (40% 2013, 35% 2011, 23% 2010 - continuing reducing enthusiasm for growth of the Geek net)

20% Books (27% - perhaps due to Goodreads usage)
16% Movies (19%)
13% Comics (16%)
12% Lego
10% Miniatures (12%)
9% Music (12%)
8% Anime (-)
8% Collectible Games (11%)
5% Toys (8%)
5% Beverage (6%)
4% Gadgets (7%)
4% Photography (5%)
4% Pinball(-)
3% Jigsaw Puzzles (-)

Nothing showing an improvement.
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How long have you been a user of this site?

6% Less than a year (9%)
5% One year (8%)
10% Two years (13%)
9% Three years (12%)
8% Four years (10%)
10% Five years (10%)
7% Six years (8%)
6% Seven years (7%)
5% Eight years (7%)
5% Nine years (6%)
15% 10-12 years
7% 13-14 years
6% Fifteen+ years

In 2013 the last bracket was "Ten or more years" (12%

So this shows 38% of the poll respondents are new since the previous poll.
79% of us have been around for three or more years! 50% for 6+ years!

What brought you to the site?

39% A Search engine (38%)
28% Can’t remember (28%)
21% Friend's recommendation (22%)
7% A post on another gaming website/forum (8%)
3% Chance (4%)
1% A link from an online game store (1%)

These numbers staying remarkably consistent, despite lots of new people taking this poll.
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12. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:13929]
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Where do you spend most time on the site?

36% Game Pages (31%)
25% Game Forums (31%)
12% Subscriptions (13%)
12% Geeklists (13% 2013, 15% 2011, 18% 2010)
4% Other
3% Guilds (3%)
1% Blogs (0.6%)
1% Play-by-Forum
1% Chit Chat/Off Topic /The Arcade/The Tavern (2%)
1% Stats
1% Forum: Women & Gaming
0.6% Images (1%)
0.5% Game Chat League(s)
0.4% Bazaar
0.4% Feel The Love thread (0.5%)
0.4% RSP (0.6%)
0.2% Geekchat
0.2% Geekquestions
0.1% Geekmod
0% Online games
0% Play-by-VoiP areas

Which Boardgame Subdomains do you regularly use?

34% None of them (50%)
32% I don't know what these subdomains are (-)
25% Strategy Games (35%)
14% Thematic Games (25%)
13% Wargames (18%)
9% Family Games (15%)
7% Abstract Games (9%)
5% Party Games (7%)
2% Children's Games (4%)
2% Customizable Games (5%)

Overall, use of subdmomains seems to have declined.

How often do you log your plays?

49% all the time (43% 2013, 50% 2010)
15% sometimes (15%)
11% hardly ever (14%)
25% I never log game plays on BGG (28%)

Good to know I'm not the only obsessive-compulsive around here. Seems like play-logging has returned to previous levels of popularity.
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13. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:206]
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Where do you buy your new games?

58% Mostly online (58% 2013, 54% 2011)
21% 50/50 in LGSs/online (21%)
14% Mostly in my local games store(s) (16%)
4% I mostly buy used games (4%)
2% Mostly at conventions (5%)
0.5% I don't buy new games
0.4% I don't buy games at all

Basically no change since 2013.

Have you ever sought out more information about a game because of a contest or advertisement on the 'Geek?

68% Yes (74% 2013, 77% 2011)
19% No (16%)
13% Maybe (11%)

Slight decay, but still seems an effective promotion method.
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14. RPG Item: Treasure Vault [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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How many boardgames do you own? (exclude Expansions)

The median collection has grown to the 100-200 boardgames group (from around 100). 50 will no longer get you out of the smallest 25% of collections. You'll need to have about 300 to get into the biggest 25% of collections (200).
The mean (average) collection is around 240 boardgames (200).

So we've been amassing larger collections since the 2013 poll, despite the large influx of new people to the site (though on average we've been BGG members longer, so more time to acquire!).

3% Ten or less (3%)
5% 11-20 (6%)
15% 21-50 (18%)
19% 51-100 (22%)
25% 101-200 (23%)
13% 201-300 (11%)
11% 301-500 (9%)
8% 501-1000 (6%)
3% 1001-2000 (2%)
0.8% 2000+ (0.70%)

Approximately what proportion of the board games you own have you played?
Again very little change since 2013.

11% All of them
33% 90-100%
18% 80-90%
15% 70-80%
8% 60-70%
5% 50-60%
4% 40-50%
3% 30-40%
2% 20-30%
2% Less than 20%

So 40% of us have played virtually all our games. 75% of us have played 70%+ of our games. 10% of us have played less than half of our collection.

How many RPGs base games do you own?

Don't despair RPGers! You might feel like you are in a minority, but the majority of boardgamers have at least one RPG stashed away somewhere! I've not shown 2013's numbers because there is almost no change (or from 2011).

46% Zero
14% 1
9% 2
7% 3
3% 4
3% 5
9% 6-10
4% 11-20
3% 21-50
1.3% 51-100
1.1% 100+

When did you last play a face-to-face RPG game?
(new question)

28% Never
6% This week
6% Last week
10% Last month
13% A year ago
12% 2-5 years ago
6% 6-10 years ago
8% 11-20 years ago
11% 20+ years ago

So about a third of us have played a proper RPG in the last year. Whereas about half of us can barely remember playing, if they ever did.

How many Videogames do you own?
Not much change from 2011/2013, except more Zeros and more people with loads of games.

16% Zero (11%)
10% 1-5
10% 6-10
12% 11-20
18% 21-50
12% 51-100
9% 101-200
8% 201-500
4% 501-1000 (2%)
2% 1000+ (1%)
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15. Video Game: Run in Crowd [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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Crowdfunding Questions were new to 2013's poll

Which crowdfunding sites do you use?

85% Kickstarter (74%)
23% IndieGoGo (17%)
10% GMT's P-500 Program (25%)
7% patreon.com
3% Other
2% SpieleSchmiede
1% startnext.de
0.5% ulule.com
0.2% Crowdfunder
0.2% Pozible

Of the 22 other sites only a few of us had used them.
Only 14% of us have never Crowdfunded (28%)
38% didn't know what GMT's P-500 program was.

How many game projects have you backed?

15% Zero
7% One (10%)
7% Two
17% 3-5
17% 6-10
14% 11-20 (9%)
23% 21+ (10%)

A big growth in the number of us being heavily involved in kickstarters! from 20% to 40% having backed over 10 projects.

How much have you spent on crowdfunded games to date?

15% Zero (29%)
2% $20 or less
4% $21-$50
7% $50-$100 (11%)
12% $100-$200
23% $200-$500 (19%)
16% $500-$1000 (10%)
22% $1000+ (7%)

Over half of us have spent at least $200 on game projects ($100). Average spend is around $450.
Estimating the amount spend by the 3500 people who answered this question gives a total spend of $1.5m!
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16. RPG Item: AA#01: The Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:2025]
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Which Podcasts do you listen to?

In 2011 this was a small question which missed lots of Podcasts. In 2013 it was a big question which still missed lots of Podcasts.
In 2018 it was a huge questions which still missed lots of Podcasts. Or included Podcasts that are supposedly not active any more.
The following are the Podcasts which at least 1% of us said we listen to out of the 94 eventually covered (with the ones with at least 5% from 2013 in brackets):

28% The Dice Tower (32%)
22% Man vs Meeple (-)
18% Shut Up and Sit Down (12%)
14% GameBoyGeek (-)
13% Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast (11%)
10% Ludology (13%)
9% Heavy Cardboard (-)
7% Blue Peg Pink Peg (3%)
5% Rolling Dice & Taking Names
5% Board Games Insider
5% Tom Heath (Slickerdrips)
5% Board Game Blitz
4% Dukes of Dice
4% Flip the Table (6%)
4% No pun included
4% Punching Cardboard
4% This Game is Broken
3% Drive Thru FM
3% cardboard!
3% Brawling Brothers Boardgaming podcast
3% The Long View (6%)
3% GameNight!
3% On Board Games (8%)
3% Boardgames To Go (5%)
2% Meeple Nation
2% Actualol
2% Board game design lab
2% 1 Player Podcast
2% The D6 Generation - Dice Are Our Vice (6%)
2% So Very Wrong About Games
2% flip florey's super saturday board game serial
2% The Deep End Gaming Podcast
2% Garrett's Games and Geekiness (5%)
2% How to Play
2% Four corners of the board
2% Board Games with Scott (6%)
1.4% Every Night is Game Night
1.4% The broken meeple
1.4% The Spiel - MP3 Version (5%)
1% Board Game University (10%)
1% Game Pit
1% The Snakes Cast
1% The State of Games
1% QWERTYUIOP
1% The How to Play Podcast (6%)
1% The Party Gamecast
1% Across the Board
1% Chits & Giggles 

48% of respondents said they did not listen to Podcasts.
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17. Board Game: Vídeo Mania [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Which Game Video Reviewers do you watch?

A new question in 2013 with a thrown together list of Video Reviewers.
More were thrown into 2018's question.
These are the ones that at least 1% of us said we watch.

55% The Dice Tower - Tom Vasel (59%)
51% Rahdo Runs Through - Richard Ham (31%)
48% The Dice Tower - Miami Dice (Tom Vasel w/ Sam Healy & Zee Garcia) (39%)
42% Watch it Played - Rodney Smith (23%)
40% Shut Up & Sit Down - Quentin Smith & Paul Dean (20%)
27% Shut Up & Sit Down - Matt Lees (The Closer) (10%)
26% Table Top - Wil Wheaton (34%)
24% Drive Thru Review - Joel Eddy (27%)
18% GameNight! - Lincoln, Nikki, Dave & Aaron (9%)
17% The Dice Tower - Board Game Breakfast (14%)
15% No Pun Included
14% JonGetsGames
14% The Dice Tower - Melody Vasel (w/ Tom Vasel) (18%)
14% The Dice Tower - Ryan Metzler (34%)
13% The Dice Tower - Dan King (Game Boy Geek) (13%)
11% Gaming Rules! - Paul Grogan
10% Starlit Citadel - Kaja Sadowski & Joanne Gaskel (16%)
10% Undead Viking - Lance Myxer (25%)
9% Boardgamegeek News - W Eric Martin (11%)
9% Boardgamegeek TV - Various (10%)
7% Marco Arnaudo/marcowargamer (12%)
7% Box of Delights - Ricky Royal
7% BoardGamesWithScott - Scott Nicholson's (19%)
7% Board Game Brawl - Nick D
6% Secret Cabal -
5% GreyElephant Gaming - Tim & Debbie Norris
5% Drakkenstrike's Components Breakdown (17%)
4% Board to Death - Various (10%)
4% Michael Wißner
4% The Dice Tower - Bart Brunscheen (The Chief) (9%)
4% Calandale - Enrico Viglino
4% Board with Life - Donald, Chris, Jonathan & Brittany
3% The Dice Tower - Barry Doublet
3% Bower's Game Corner - Forrest Bower
3% jPlay
2% Board with Life News - Chris Bryan
2% Marnaudos
2% The Dice Tower - Scott Fera (8%)
2% Utitled Flash Based Review Thing - Paul Springer (8%)
2% Lonesome Gamer - Johannes Epple
2% The Dice Tower - Mike Vincent (4%)
2% The Dice Tower - Peter Krause (4%)
1% Castelli Reviews - James Castelli
1% Crits Happen - Scott Morris (9%)
1% Couple vs Cardboard - Cheryl & Glen

20% of respondents said they do not watch video reviews (25%).
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18. Video Game: Video Blogger Story [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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Which gaming Blogs do you follow/read?

This was a new question this year. The following are those that at least 0.5% of us said we read. This is not a complete list judging by the 10% who said "other".

10% BoardGameGeek News
7% Every Man Needs A Shed
6% All the Meeples of the Rainbow.
5% iOS Board Games
4% The Geek Weekly
4% Board games that tell stories 
4% Kick the Table - A Kickstarter Monitor
3% It Beats Watching The TV
3% Actualol
3% Drive Thru Blog
2% Game Boy Geek
2% Too Many Games!!!
2% All for your games ❤✩♛
2% Print and Play Games News
2% Thematic Colors of Gaming
1% Thematic Solitaires for the Spare Time Challenged
1% Late To The Table...
1% Ones Upon A Game
1% Surya's game blah blah
1% Low Player Count Podcast
1% The Ross-on-Wye Boardgamers
1% Un Chien Andalou
1% All the Games You Like Are Bad 
1% Grishny's Games
1% IlsesTabletopGames 
1% Meeple Like Us
1% That's What She Said
1% A Gnome's Ponderings
1% Fun City Gaming
0.6% Browsing the gaming world
0.6% Fsnam's Fun and Gaming Adventures
0.6% Garrett's Games and Geekiness
0.6% Glass Bead Boardgames
0.6% What's Eric Playing?
0.5% A banana, a suitcase and a game!
0.5% Board Games are my Natural Habitat 
0.5% Games & Llamas 
0.5% Polyhedron Collider
0.5% RPGG News
0.5% russblog
0.5% Solitary Soundings
0.5% What Did You Play This Week Podcast Thing

67% of us said they didn't follow any blogs.
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19. Board Game: Collection particulière [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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The Site Rating Questions

The Obvious Strength: Collection Building

97% think that the site supports us in developing our games collections (60% strongly agree), however....

... 52% of us confess to being game-buying addicts (59%). Only 26% disagree with this statement (21%). Maybe more of us are gaining control.

Game Trading: 48% of us say we have traded games through the geek (and 11% in Maths trades - down from 17%).

When asked where they were in the "Gamer Lifecycle" (a question a lot of people didn't think was that well put together) the answers were:

3% 1. Discovering games
22% 2. Buying games
32% 3. Buying more games, going to cons, proselytizing about games
12% 4. Lull or backing off
12% 5. Going back to 3 or on to 6
16% 6. Buying games slows to a trickle or stops and games wane or favorites get played, but no Cult of the New
3% 7. Selling off games

Community

Over 3 out of 4 (75%) of us think that the site community is a happy one (with only 5% disagreeing). This was 83% in 2013 and 2011.

Just over a half (55%) of us feel like a part of the site community (15% disagree). 63% in 2013.

70% agreed that "Creativity and innovation are encouraged here" (78% 2013, 81% in 2011).
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20. Board Game: Web of Gold [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10149]
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Rating the Site

92% Agreed that "Compared to other websites, the site offers exceptional content and services" (95% 2013) (49% Strongly Agree - 57% 2013)

87% Agree with "I look forward to logging on to the site"

80% of us regularly recommend the site to others (36% Strongly Agree, 43% 2013)

So some falls there from previous high results.

Only 7% of us are bothered enough by the word 'geek' in the website domain name to stop us recommending it to others (down from 10% in 2013, clearly the word geek is getting cooler!)
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21. Board Game: Game: The Gaming [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Time Well Spent? - Gaming

78% agreed that gaming gives them a feeling of personal accomplishment.

Time Well Spent? - The Geek

95% of us agree (53% strongly - 61% in 2013) that "Considering everything, I am satisfied with the site as a place to spend time"!

... 66% of us agree that we spend more time on the site than we should!
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22. Board Game: Class [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Quality

Slight decreases here against last time.

"The people who run the site are more committed to long-term customer satisfaction than short-term results"
52% Agree, 7% Disagree (58%/5% last time)

74% agreed that site contributors deliver a level of quality content that exceeds Users' expectations, 3% disagreed (81% last time).

69% of us are 'motivated to help the Geek be successful' - astonishing loyalty considering we aren't shareholders (75% last time)

49% thought that their accomplishments were recognised when they added some excellent content, with 45% neutral (perhaps considering that they hadn't added excellent content) and 6% disagreed
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23. Board Game: Management [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12021]
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How Well is the Site Run?

"In my experience the Admins do a good job of moderating the site"
74% Agree, 7% Disagree (81%/3% 2013)

"The people who run the site act in an ethical and honest way" 75% Agree, 2% Disagree. 81% 2013.

"The sites provide adequate processes for handling user complaints and concerns"
38% Agree, 8% Disagree, 53% Neutrals maybe showing that most people have not had complaints/concerns, these are slight falls on last time.
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24. RPG Item: What Went Down [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Downtime

Possibly the worst time to ask this question, given the slowness and downtime when I first posted the survey!

25% of us are bothered by server downtime (35% 2013), 50% are not

39% of us would use a read-only database version of the site while the main site is down (45% last time)

Instructions/Guidelines

49% think BGG has the instructions/guidelines needed to make the best of it (53% in 2013). 20% do not.

41% think the site should be simplified for new users (43% last time), 27% think they should tough it out (25% last time).

So, a continuing shift towards us thinking the site needs to be made more user-friendly.

Strategic Thinking

"In my experience, most decisions at the site are well thought out"
62% Agree, 7% Disagree (67%/5% 2013, 74%/4% 2011)
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Freedom of Speech

Just under half (49%, 56% 2013) agree that they can express their point of view without fear of negative consequences. 29% were neutral and 22% did not agree.

When pushed to say where these consequences would come from, 52% of us identified a source, the vast majority state that it would be from other users (44%), with the Admins (or Both) being 9%. They other 48% said they did not feel this fear.

52% of us think that the site has a climate in which diverse perspectives are valued. 15% do not. (Last time was 62% Agree, 12% Disagree).


So overall a lot of the "Opinion" questions moved slightly in a negative direction, though overall are still positive.
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