Poll Results: Spaceships & Swords

This week’s poll was a little more abstract than previous ones as it focused on genres and game styles. As everyone has a different take what makes up a genre, it was a little bit tough to complete.

Question one asked “What is your favourite genre?” and the clear winner was Fantasy with 66%. Second place went to science fiction with 14% of the vote. Clearly fantasy games (and that probably means D&D) still rule the roost but it is slightly surprising that other genres are so far behind.

Next up was the type of world you wanted to play in. A big majority, 68% wanted a world that the GM had created for themselves with only 24% opting for commercial products. This I did find surprising, though it matches my views exactly, and I wonder who is buying all those Forgotten Realms supplements. Question three on the rule system was a no brainer, with nearly everyone going for a detail system but with house rules. Almost no one was interested in home-brew, ruleless or strict adherence to a system.

The last question was on how adventurous you are in your choices of system and the answer is not very. Almost 50% play long campaigns with only occasional changes in systems & settings. But over 30% of people do regularly play different games. Effectively an equal amount of players either go out of their way to experiment or never change.

What this poll reveals is why D&D is still king. We want to play fantasy games, in worlds created by the GM and when we have a setting we like, we stay with it. D&D allows us to do this and because it is often the first RPG a gamer plays, we tend to stick with it. It makes you wonder what could possibly shift D&D off the top-spot in the next 5 – 10 years.

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  1. Interesting results, and a good breakdown of the meaning of the results. I think D&D will continue to rule RPGs for a very long time. If you ask a non-gamer to tell you what roleplaying game they have heard of, it will invariably be Dungeons & Dragons. It’s out there, people know about it, even non-gamers. It has a huge backing by WotC and pretty much always will. And as you pointed out, it fits right into the play style of most gamers. I hate to compare it to this (because it cheapens it), but it is kind of like the Microsoft of RPGs. Good or bad, it will be there.

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