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I decided to post this based on a conversation happening on the, " So you think wargames are dying ... " forum, where Tom Cundiff asked what the age groups are for wargamers on BGG.

So, Here's a poll, along with any comments you want to make.

Here are the definitions:

The Baby Boomers [mid 1940s - mid 1960s]
are the generation that were born mostly following World War II. These are the old grognards... old guard who cut their teeth on early Avalon Hill, SPI, Battleline and others.

Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, [mid 1960s - early 1980s]
is the generation following the baby boomers. These gamers saw the sunset of both Avalon Hill and SPI, and the introduction of the second wave of wargames by GDW, TSR, Steve Jackson games, Columbia block games and others.

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, [early 1980s - early 2000s]
were born in early to mid-1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. These folks have seen a blossoming of game companies such as GMT, Decision games, Avalanche Press, MMP and others.

Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration, Post-Millennials, [early 2000s -...]
is the cohort of people born after the Millennials. Demographers and researchers typically use starting birth years ranging from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. These folks are starting early and have all sorts of new game companies popping up, such as Legion wargames, White Dog, Hollandspiele, Compass, Victory Point, Academy, Flying Pig, Tiny Battle, etc. etc. etc.

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Wargamer! What generation are you?
Baby Boomer [mid 1940s - mid 1960s]
Generation X [mid 1960s - early 1980s]
Millennial [early 1980s - early 2000s]
Generation Z [early 2000s - ...]
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I was established in 1963 cool
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A mighty fine vintage. I must say the 60s were a good time to be born... we are witnessing a huge renaissance of wargame resources, after a relative desert of the 90s when AH and SPI cratered.
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You forget the Xennials: those of use born between 1977 and 1983, "old enough to have lived a childhood free of the internet but young enough to have spent their working lives online".
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I thought about getting a bit more granular in my poll. But I didn't
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m0rtaar wrote:
I thought about getting a bit more granular in my poll. But I didn't


Apparently granola in the diet rather than a poll is more useful?
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Wargamers, what generation are you?


I'm part of the self-centered "Me" generation that came of age in the wild and crazy 1970s, the "Me" decade.

I participated in your poll.

Now give me some GeekGold or a free game or something.
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This one:



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I played *with* my first wargame in 1964. I won't claim that I was quite actually *playing* it then.

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GET OFF MY LAWN YOU WHIPPERSNAPPERS! IN MY DAY THERE WEREN'T NO "EUROS", THERE WEREN'T NO "CARD DRIVEN" GAMES. WE ALL HAD 3 GAMES AND WE LOVED THEM!

Uh, sorry...what was the question? modest
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Salo sila wrote:
You forget the Xennials: those of use born between 1977 and 1983, "old enough to have lived a childhood free of the internet but young enough to have spent their working lives online".

Yeah, I'm right on the cusp between GenX and Millennial, and only started using the internet when I was in my senior high school years. I generally consider myself GenX because whenever I see a headline of "Millennials are __________", it doesn't seem to apply to me laugh
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Salo sila wrote:
You forget the Xennials: those of use born between 1977 and 1983, "old enough to have lived a childhood free of the internet but young enough to have spent their working lives online".


Ha! This could describe (some) boomers as well. "Online" is a decade or two older than the WWW, depending how you care to define it.

I'm a little older than these "Xennials" ... I remember hearing rumors of this world wide web thingie, thought it sounded cool, but also odd. We already had a worldwide web of computers. What was coming was standardization and a prettier face to look at ... which in turn led to greater ubiquity, far faster than even optimists dreamed.
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I was born in the mid '60's. I chose GenX because my wife was born in the '70's, so that was the deciding factor. I sorta think that my age is a lost generation. I had a teacher in high school who went to one of his high school reunions (I don't remember which one, but he graduated in 1967 iirc) and there were only 3 guys there. He said that it was a sobering reminder of the times.
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Being born six weeks after Sputnik puts me dead center of the Boomers.
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Salo sila wrote:
You forget the Xennials: those of use born between 1977 and 1983, "old enough to have lived a childhood free of the internet but young enough to have spent their working lives online".


I prefer the term "Old Millenial." I hate the term "Millenial," but putting "old" in front of it makes it sound a little more dignified than "Xennial." Unless you say "Ex-ennial" as opposed to "Zennial," then it sounds kind of cool, I guess. (Born in '83, here.)

I remember The Cold War (mostly the end of it) and Desert Storm, while most of my peers don't, which is a weird feeling. I was kind of a weird kid, though, always interested in world events.

Edit: Since everyone else is saying, I started wargaming the first time in around 1993-94. A neighbor game me his old copy of Rise and Decline of the Third Reich and I also found a copy of Flashpoint: Golan at a dollar store. I re-entered the hobby in 2007, after about a 10 year lapse.
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Salo sila wrote:
You forget the Xennials: those of use born between 1977 and 1983, "old enough to have lived a childhood free of the internet but young enough to have spent their working lives online".

That term is a new one to me.

I recall watching the internet start up. Remember Compuserve? FIDONet BBS'? AOL (before it became a joke...wait there never was such a time)?
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I'm a late boomer ('61).

On the downside, there was a massive demographic bulge in front of me that made career advancement a serious challenge.

On the plus side, there's always at least one radio station that plays stuff I don't hate.
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My father said I was sitting in his lap watching the procession when JFK was assassinated. Of course, I was only 2 plus a little, and I don't remember it. But that makes me a Boomer.

Played my first hex wargame in 1970 and read Galland's "The First and the Last" in the spring of 69.
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I am a Gen X (1972) that laid mainly dormant until 1984 when I received A&A for my 12 birthday and the rumbling began building by 1990 when I found Sixth Fleet then finally exploded in the 1998 with my first real job (disposable cash! wow ) which coincided with my introduction to the internet and then the floodgates flew open and, as of today, the I have reached 510 on the wargame flood stage
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delp1871 wrote:


Glad that wasn't red.
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Gen Xer where I started with this in Social Studies Club in High School:



which led to borrowing this in the library:



which eventually led me to find these in a discount store:



and this led to the glory in College that had me pay for this:



and the many other games since.

The funny thing is, I've never owned a copy of Axis and Allies yet I've always felt the need to.
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Ok David Janik-Jones, we (St. Louis Blues fans) don't have a Stanley Cup moment as of yet to wax nostalgic about but i was all of 13 years old when this happened:
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Old enough to think Seasons in the Sun was a cool song.
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