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How old is the average 40k player?

I'm asking because there has been alot of belly aching:puke: that GW is ticking off the older gamers and not attracting new players so . . .

Also, how long have you been playing? And is GW losing players to other minitures games?

Im 17, in the game for about 5 months and have never played an other miniture or tabletop game.
 

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16, been 'playing' (I only really began to properly understand the rules a couple of years ago) for nearly five years.
 

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I'm 23. I started playing sometime in the eighth grade back in second edition and played all the way through high school before I quit. I just started playing again about three months ago.
 

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I'm 19 and have been playing for a few years
 

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i'm 20, been playing on and off since 3e just came out. At my shop we have a real mixed population. We got a young crowd, a middle crown, and a older crowd.


NOTE: You are taking an inaccurate sample of the 40k population. People who 40k on forums are a different breed of gamer and do not represent the population as a whole.

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Why is this not an accurate representation of 40k players? (Not angry or anything just confused) Are people on forums more hardcore about 40k on forums?

Since I am not a member of a gaming club, and I only really know one person other than my brother that plays 40k, my only link to the community at large is through the forums. So, I have no idea about the genereal population other than people on this forum, and on B&C.
 

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Only a portion of the 40k players worldwide actually contribute to online forums, and this is only one of them. Add to that, of the massive "populaces" of many online forums (this one included)...only maybe 1-10% actually contribute to the conversations. You end up with a very small slice of 40k gamers.

That being said, an assumption can be made that the percentages and responses are proportionate. Really though, there's no way to know.

Since this isn't really a scientific study or anything, there's really no harm in asking any sort of question. Just realize that the responses only apply to a very small slice of the pie.

In answer to your query, I'm 37 and have been playing Warhammer 40k for 18 years (1990).

Keep up the questions! It's good stuff!
 

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I'm 37 and my son's are 12 & 7. We started playing about 6 mths. ago. At the GW here it is also a very mixed crowed. For gaming nights we usually have teens up to 40 somethings. It's a good group with exceptional sportsmanship for the most part.:grin:
 

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Hi... Im Bishop120, Im 29, and I've been a 40K addict for about 6 years. I started playing when a friend of mine (a World Eaters player at the time) convinced me to buy his Tau army. Since then I moved on to Grey Knights (which are still my best/favorite army) and last year I started an Ultramarines army.

As to why I think/feel that a lot of the long time and older gamers are against the changes GW have been makeing these last few years.. well.. for one the loss of a real fluff gameing style has been lost. In the past an army might be broken but it was made up for by other armies being equally broken. Now the army play styles feel very.. restrictive maybe is the word Im looking for? Unfluffy... There used to be a lot of wacky, crazy, zany, abilities that may have not been very reliable but were very powerfull and could single handedly turn the tide of a game. Now.. its just feels more oriented around very simple rules and just trying to throw numbers at each other. The days of almighty characters/creatures/vehicles that used to scare people are kinda gone. As to player age... well.. lets face it.. older folks like facing what they feel are equals. People as experienced as them and people they can look in the eye. If they win its just another of many games, if they loose they feel like they lost to a worthy oppenent. When some 11-15 year old comes along and hasnt been playing for 2 years but they have the latest and greatest army and they win by throwing every new fangeled rule at the older player with an army that they may or may not have had to work for to buy/paint.. well its demoralizing. And if they beat said teenager the dont feel fair about it.. what adult ever feels good about beating a kid in any way?

Im not saying this is the case for every one but I do think its just the general mind set and kinda what might be in the back of gamers minds. I could totally be off tho so dont take what I say as the word of the emporer or anything.
 

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I fall into the older crowd. It is a difficult task for gw to keep all races on an even field. Ea army has good and bad. I feel they are taking steps to eliminate players from being able to create a legal cheesy army. They do need to keep ea race special and not all interchangeable.
This poll will give you an avg age of only the 10-20 regular posters here but not in the game system worldwide. I would guess the avg age of worldwide 40k players would be 20.
 

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I am 29 and have been playing for 12 years. yes I play other miniature games, in some ways I like em more, but 40k is still my favorite. I would honestly guess the median age closer to the mid 20's alot of old school players out there.
 

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i'm 19, been playing for about 4 years...though playing might be an overstatement...lack of fellow gamers in my area results in the fact that i've never even played a 500 pt game before. ah well, i still manage to keep myself amused...
 

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I'm 37 and I started playing 40k I was 18 back in 1988.

You probably will only get a sampling of what age gamers are. The place I play at regularly has people from 14 to 44 in our regular group. Thankfully everyone no matter the age treats each other with respect win or lose plus we just have fun getting together playing, modeling and eatting as each event is a pot luck.
 

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I'm 37 and been playing for 26 years (I'm sure this is right) and that would include WHF, as 40K isnt that old.

I have to say I dont complain much about rules being changed unless there get really brocken, like the Eldar 'I cant die, hahaha' grav tanks in the latest codex. But I do look back at some things in previous editions and wish they had them again, like grav guns or grenades that could be thrown at people.
 
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