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Roger Hobden
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The recent thread on 'what do you do for a living' here tends to show that many people who answer seem to only game about 2 hours a week.

I wonder to what extent this could be documented through a poll.

I did a similar poll a few years ago, but it would be interesting to find out what the situation is in 2017. Priorities may change depending on circumstances.

Excluding conventions and special events (three-day weekends, holidays, etc.), how many hours of wargaming do you manage to fit in your schedule in an average week ?

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How many hours do you play in an average week ?
1-2 hours.
3-4 hours.
5-8 hours.
9-16 hours.
17-32 hours.
33-64 hours.
65 hours or more.
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EDIT: This would include solo, face-to face, vassal, play by e-mail, etc.

If you want, you can explain your choices or constraints.
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Do we need to take into account Vassal and if so, do only live sessions count or PBEM also fits the bill too?
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grouchysmurf wrote:
Do we need to take into account Vassal and if so, do only live sessions count or PBEM also fits the bill too?


Yes, live and PBEM.
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I manage about 4 hours a week, either solo or face-to face.

I also have an ongoing Napoleonic PBEM wargame.

I don't use VASSAL because I find I spend already too much time in my day in front of a computer.

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I have multiple ongoing PBEM games--few trivial (time-wise), like Andean Abyss, few not so trivial (like Normandy'44). I've been working in IT for 15 years so basically computers for me are like an air I breath; even though in work it is 9, or so, hours before computer screen, I couldn't make it without another 2 spent on managing my PBEMs. That sums to 14 hours on average but then again each Friday--or every second or--we have a live 6 or 7 hours session in the local game club. Or someone comes to our place. That would make it >17, so I decided to chose 17-32 though closer to lower bound of this range.
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In a standard week:

1. One session of 3~4 hours 1vs1
2. One " of 6~7 hours 2vs2
3. One " Of 1~4 hours 1vs1

Plus, from this year, a 3 days weekend pro month so circa 24 hours.

And ... would play more if possible!
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But my reply includes time I spend just reading rules, scenarios, charts and such...something I (perhaps oddly?) enjoy very much.
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Only 1 to 2 hours a week - usually solo (work, family etc, etc) with the occasional 4 hour session on weekends.
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Usually around 5 hours, with 3-4 of it solo gaming.
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8–10 hours per week, FTF.

3–4 hours is dedicated to OCS, whilst 5–6 hours is dedicated to other game systems.
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3-4 hours weekly, on average over the course of 2-3 months. Some weeks are 0, some weeks a lot more.

This counts actual game play either ftf or solo, but not rules reading, fiddling with boxes or counters or whatnot.
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SeriousCat wrote:
8–10 hours per week, FTF.

3–4 hours is dedicated to OCS, whilst 5–6 hours is dedicated to other game systems.


You are living well dude...
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All VASSAL PBEM games, I average about 2 hours per day, putting me into the 9 to 16 hour range.
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How am I supposed to find time to play games when I keep having to answer these polls?
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I usually only wargame for about 3-4 hours a week, but I'm also in a monster gaming group that just started meeting once a month.

I'm constrained by the fact that most of my gaming friends are not wargamers, but also enjoy greater flexibility by living in a place with a very active wargaming club. It balances out.
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I'd love to see a comparison where each person was also asked their age.
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Texas Time Traveler wrote:
I'd love to see a comparison where each person was also asked their age.


38, married with children. Three of them, actually.
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I play an average of 12h a week. I'm 34, with wife, and a job that allows for some time ninja
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I rarely game ftf anymore, sadly. soblue

Chose any two:

- Play Games.
- Design Games.
- Have a normal life.



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Eawyne wrote:
a job that allows for some time ninja


Actually, that sounds like any job in France arrrh
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what activites rate/

Actual play?

Setup?

Rules Reading?

Scouring CSW for wisdom?

BGGing?


Shopping on Amazon for related books?

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If so, I easily hit 12 plus hours per week....4-6 with tweezers and dice.

I also schedule vacation days around FTF availability - that is on average two Thursdays per month, each Thursday being a 12 hour session.

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licinius wrote:
Chose any two:

- Play Games.
- Design Games.
- Have a normal life.


Yeah, me too. And increasingly my wife is insisting that "normal life" take up a greater share of that (so it's more like choose a half share for the first two options).

That said, I think there's a very blurry line between actually "playing" games as opposed to doing game design/development work; where and how you define that division can be challenging/problematic. If I do solo playtests, does that count as "play" or "design?" How about if I'm playtesting with an opponent?
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Lancer4321 wrote:
If I do solo playtests, does that count as "play" or "design?" How about if I'm playtesting with an opponent?


I think any time that the individual counts as "gaming-time" IS gaming-time. The idea that there is a "correct" definition edges us uncomfortably (for my definition of uncomfortable) close to competing with each other based on available time.

As long as you enjoy your hobby, why put definitions, restrictions, rules, and boundaries on it? Just enjoy and then enjoy some more.
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pavobueno wrote:
All VASSAL PBEM games, I average about 2 hours per day, putting me into the 9 to 16 hour range.


65, retired just 2 weeks ago. Married three times, but the third time is a keeper! 2 children from my first marriage, and 3 adopted children from my present marriage. Been a wargamer since 1965, starting with AH Battle of the Bulge and Midway.
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Wargaming wise, I have a regular once a month all day session. Once a week evening session - usually a Monday when I am least tired from work. Then I might get lucky on a Friday with the weekly gaming group if there is some wargamey title going, or the Cap'n is in town (he's onboard ship 3 weeks out of six). Then two Sundays a month with the same group - again if I get lucky. More likely to be euros though!

I also solo sometimes but I'm often too tired if it's term time. I currently have two vassal games going.

I spend huge chunks of my down time thinking, planning and designing wargames.
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