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TTRPG, Gamebook, and Interactive Fiction Survey

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Over one in five American adults (23%) with online access have played a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Pathfinder, or GURPs. While 45% of men under 45 years old have played, less than 10% of men over 55 have played; 39% of women under 25 have played, compared to 25% of women 25 to 34, and 10% of women 55-64.

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TTRPG, Gamebook, and Interactive Fiction Survey

  1. 1. 23% 77% Yes No Sample Size: 964 (96% of Respondents) Have you ever played a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Pathfinder, or GURPs?
  2. 2. Have you ever played a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Pathfinder, or GURPs? Which of the following groups describes your current age? 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) Yes ⇑ 41 ⇑ 36 ⇑ 32 23 ⇓ 9 ⇓ 4 No ⇓ 59 ⇓ 64 ⇓ 68 77 ⇑ 91 ⇑ 96 Base n=111 n=180 n=206 n=181 n=127 n=159 Sample Size: 964 (96% of Respondents) Nested Gender and Age Male 18-24 Male 25-34 Male 35-44 Male 45-54 Male 55-64 Male 65+ Female 18-24 Female 25-34 Female 35-44 Female 45-54 Female 55-64 Female 65+ (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) Yes ⇑ 44 ⇑ 46 ⇑ 44 28 ⇓ 9 ⇓ 7 ⇑ 39 25 19 18 ⇓ 10 ⇓ 0 No ⇓ 56 ⇓ 54 ⇓ 56 72 ⇑ 91 ⇑ 93 ⇓ 61 75 81 82 ⇑ 90 ⇑ 100 Base n=55 n=91 n=104 n=90 n=64 n=81 n=56 n=89 n=102 n=91 n=63 n=78
  3. 3. Which tabletop roleplaying games have you played? - Top 10 62% 25% 23% 18% 17% 16% 15% 15% 13% 12% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Dungeons & Dragons Star Wars RPG Dragon Age Advanced Fighting Fantasy Star Trek Adventures Dungeon World Blades in the Dark Pathfinder Bubblegumshoe Beyond the Wall Sample Size: 234 (23% of Respondents) Note: Respondents could select multiple options
  4. 4. 40% 32% 32% 26% 25% 24% 20% 20% 19% 9% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition Original Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition Basic Dungeons & Dragons Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons, v. 3.5 Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition Basic/Expert Set Dungeons & Dragons Don't recall Other None of the above Sample Size: 144 (14% of Respondents) Note: Respondents could select multiple options Which editions of Dungeons & Dragons have you ever played?
  5. 5. Which editions of Dungeons & Dragons have you ever played? Option Rank Response % Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition 1 40% Original Dungeons & Dragons 2 32% Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition 3 32% Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition 4 26% Basic Dungeons & Dragons 5 25% Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 6 24% Dungeons & Dragons, v. 3.5 7 20% Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition 8 20% Basic/Expert Set Dungeons & Dragons 9 19% Don't recall 10 9% Sample Size: 144 (14% of Respondents) Note: Respondents could select multiple options
  6. 6. Which editions of Dungeons & Dragons have you ever played? Do you have any children 25 or younger living in your household? Yes No (%) (%) Original Dungeons & Dragons 36 30 Basic Dungeons & Dragons 28 22 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 28 21 Basic/Expert Set Dungeons & Dragons 27 17 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition 30 23 Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition ⇑ 33 ⇓ 10 Dungeons & Dragons, v. 3.5 ⇑ 34 ⇓ 12 Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition ⇑ 46 ⇓ 19 Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition ⇑ 48 ⇓ 31 Don't recall ⇓ 3 ⇑ 14 Base n=67 n=77 Sample Size: 144 (14% of Respondents)
  7. 7. 2% 7% 58% 18% 6% 3% 5% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 1 - 4 5 - 9 10 - 19 20 - 29 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 99 Sample Size: 144 (14% of Respondents) How old were you when you first played Dungeons & Dragons?
  8. 8. When was the last time you played Dungeons & Dragons? 6% 33% 16% 14% 7% 24% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Today In the past week In the past month In the past year 1-5 years ago 6 or more years ago Sample Size: 144 (14% of Respondents)
  9. 9. What is preventing you from trying Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition?
  10. 10. What is preventing you from trying Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition? Word Frequency Example Quote Play 22 "I haven't played it since I had my kids. I was still in college the last time I played and would have to learn a lot to start playing again. I just don't have the amount of time that it takes to play." Time 14 "I don't really like the game, I just went along with it for a boyfriend at the time, back in late 1980s." Interest 8 "I found other games that I am more interested in playing." To play with 8 "I don't have anyone to play with and the rules seem to be too involved as well as the material being too expensive." Nothing 7 "Nothing don't have much time to play work too much." One 7 "I like playing other kinds of games more as opposed to this one which is more time consuming." Game 6 "I just need to buy the game." Money 4 "I don't have enough money for it." Just 4 "I just haven’t been able to look into it or research." Friends 4 "All my friends that played have had families and don't have time."
  11. 11. 20% 80% Yes No Sample Size: 964 (96% of Respondents) Have you ever read any gamebooks, such as Choose Your Own Adventure, Fighting Fantasy, Lone Wolf, or solitaire RPG adventures such as the Tunnels & Trolls series?
  12. 12. Have you ever read any gamebooks, such as Choose Your Own Adventure, Fighting Fantasy, Lone Wolf, or solitaire RPG adventures such as the Tunnels & Trolls series? Which of the following groups describes your current age? 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) Yes ⇑ 30 ⇑ 34 ⇑ 39 18 ⇓ 4 ⇓ 3 No ⇓ 70 ⇓ 66 ⇓ 61 82 ⇑ 96 ⇑ 97 Base n=114 n=179 n=204 n=181 n=128 n=158 Sample Size: 964 (96% of Respondents) Have you ever played a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Pathfinder, or GURPs? Yes No (%) (%) Yes ⇑ 56 ⇓ 12 No ⇓ 44 ⇑ 88 Base n=227 n=720
  13. 13. 20% 80% Yes No Sample Size: 942 (94% of Respondents) Have you ever played any text adventures or interactive fiction games on a computer, tablet or smartphone, such as Choice of Games, Infocom, or Twine games?
  14. 14. Have you ever played any text adventures or interactive fiction games on a computer, tablet or smartphone, such as Choice of Games, Infocom, or Twine games? Which of the following groups describes your current age? 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) Yes ⇑ 45 ⇑ 36 26 ⇓ 12 ⇓ 8 ⇓ 3 No ⇓ 55 ⇓ 64 74 ⇑ 88 ⇑ 92 ⇑ 97 Base n=110 n=179 n=204 n=174 n=126 n=149 Sample Size: 942 (94% of Respondents) Have you ever played a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Pathfinder, or GURPs? Yes No (%) (%) Yes ⇑ 62 ⇓ 9 No ⇓ 38 ⇑ 91 Base n=226 n=698
  15. 15. We welcome any comments about RPGs, gamebooks, or interactive fiction.
  16. 16. We welcome any comments about RPGs, gamebooks, or interactive fiction. Word Frequency Example Quote None 85 "I have none as i'm not familiar with them." Game 32 "I think they are super fun for people that love games that push your imagination further." Play 31 "I played Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Hobbit on Commodore 64 as text based adventures. I preferred the Hobbit because the NPCs were not bound to a story line and would interact in an open world manner." Fun 29 "I've always wanted to play tabletop games and RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, they seem like they'd be really fun, but I don't know anyone who plays and I also have no idea how to get started with RPGs." Good 27 "My biggest selling point for a good RPG is the feeling that my decisions have tangible impact on the game world." Love 26 "My favorite gamebooks have been the ones in the Goosebumps series, namely Escape From Horrorland, and I read all of the interactive fiction entries on a great old website called I- Mockery. I love books and games like that." Interest 24 "I have never taken part of anything of this sort, but I would be very interested in doing all of these things listed." Comment 22 "I've never played them so I don't really have any comments about them." Like 16 "I feel like they are a great way to escape normal life and honestly it can be a great way to bond, they can be really fun and you can either kinda goof off and play or play seriously."
  17. 17. Methodology This online survey had 1,000 respondents. It was fielded from April 22 to April 23, 2019. The results presented in this report were weighted by the following variables: • What is your gender? • Which of the following groups describes your current age? • Are you of Hispanic, Spanish or Latino descent? • Which of the following best describes your ethnicity? • What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed?
  18. 18. Crosstab Methodology Crosstab Table Notes: • Only crosstab tables with significant differences of at least 10 percentage points are included here. • If the difference is higher at a statistically significant level, the cell is marked with the up - arrow symbol ⇑. If it is lower, the down-arrow symbol ⇓ is used. • Columns with fewer than 30 responses (i.e. degrees of freedom) are ignored for statistical significance comparisons. • Crosstabs with no significant difference greater than 10 percentage points are not presented. • To fit onto a single slide, some crosstabs have had columns without differences omitted. See the spreadsheet for the full crosstabs. • Crosstabs show only unweighted results. • See the accompanying spreadsheet for all tables.
  19. 19. Researchscape International Researchscape International is a market-research consultancy specializing in custom surveys. For questions about this or other research, please contact us at +1-888-983-1675 x1 or visit our website, http://www.researchscape.com/.

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