Great Wargaming Survey 2017 with Jasper Oorthuys: Wargaming Recon 189

This episode we are joined by Jasper Oorthuys (pronounced Yasper Oar-ties) who is the managing director for Karwansaray Publishers. He is also editor of Ancient Warfare magazine. We first discussed the Great Wargaming Survey in 2014 on The Great Wargaming Survey: Episode 123, which has been downloaded almost 3,000 times! Mike Paine takes the co-host seat this time around.

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The 2017 Great Wargaming Survey

Jasper gives us the scoop into the GWS, he tells us what they are aiming to achieve. How and what kind of information gets collected. (“A lot better than the 2016 Australian census” says Joshua Shoobridge).  Jasper also discusses the trends of 2017 and compares that with changes from prior years. One thing they look at is how they appeal to the average wargamer. One thing of note is that Age of Sigmar is the least played game mentioned in the survey.  Surprise surprise, World War 2 is the most played genre of game played among those surveyed. Listen for more to get it all from Jasper himself.



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