Recently I attended the Grand Opening of the Games Workshop store here in Portland Oregon. I had posted up a bunch of photos of the event and had some curious comments on the post, that have been in the back of mind for a week or so.



pegboard
February 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM
That's jolly interesting. If a GW opened around here in the UK the customers would be mostly young fellows - under 16s, maybe an occasional adult player but certainly the minority. I wonder if the demographics represent the more competitive perspective the US has on games?


Deejay
February 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Something else is interesting as a long-time UK gamer - all of the people in your pics are adults. In the UK, GW stores are always full of nerdy 13-year-old boys. Going in as a grown man feels a bit weird, like you've walked into a youth club.

Perhaps this is why there's a perceived emphasis on competitive gaming in the US, because more of the people in the hobby are adults?

So I am curious, is the age of the average age of the gamers a factor on why there is a much heavier interest in competitive gaming in the here in the US than elsewhere?

This week I am running a poll along the left hand side of the blog to hopefully shed a little light on the subject.

168 Comments:

  1. European here, barely comment but lurk a lot :) 22, almost 23.

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  2. 60 Million Years roughly. Been asleep.

    No 36. Lol

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    1. O and American. Though I am a native Canadian....

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    2. Only as old as I feel.....

      UK: Just turned 30 on 6th February.

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    3. I am one year older than Bob.

      Exactly.

      +Aussie.

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  3. ^ as Above, Australian, 22 nearly 23, the vast majority of people I see at my local hobby centers and GW stores are 20-30

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    1. Ah, yeah, good one :) I don't really go to hobby centre's / GW stores, since I play it at a student society :) Most of the people there playing it are around 23, ranging from 19 to one or two who are somewhere in their 30's.

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  4. Nearly 25, and have been playing for almost 7 years now. I find that my local GW store is populated by those from late-teens to mid twenties, very few young kids which I guess is pretty nice.

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  5. US Player, 43. I've played the game in one form or the other for 20 years, why quit now?

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    1. I'm 39 and have been playing since 2nd, rougly 20 years. I completely identify. Why quit now. Especially when my collection allows me to cherry pick what I spend and where.

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    2. 36 here and from Australia. Been playing for nearly 20 years. Love the game most of the time. Don't play in stores just against family and friends (love having 4 sons). Not going to stop any time soon as I still have way too many kits to put together and paint.

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  6. I'm 24 and am from the UK. Gaming takes a back seat to Painting and collecting for me. I too have wondered why there seems to be more of a gaming intrest in the US than the UK. Would love to actually play a couple of 40K games but even then I would prefer a laid back narrative sort of game as opposed to a competitive driven sort of game.

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  7. I played at the Portland Opening (First game in the store against Jacen's Deamons)Had a lot of fun.

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    1. Oh I am 36 and been playing since 89 but took a 2 year hiatus then got first game of 6th edition on opening day. First game at the Games Workshop hobby center in Portland Oregon, I won't be soon forgetting the fun I had there.

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    2. I got to talk to you quite a bit at the opening, and am glad that you are back from your hiatus, not to mention hoping that the area is treating you well. I recall you had recently moved up here.

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  8. Not sure you're going to have many 13-year-olds visiting your blog, Natfka

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    1. Yea, I dont expect this to give us a definitive answer, but more to create dialogue and possibly gather some insight to our hobby.

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    2. Yeah... I think this will give you some very good information on your readership, and nothing about the wider population. You serve a very specific audience: competitive, involved gamers with their finger on the pulse of our hobby.

      Perhaps you could ask GW for the information?

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    3. I am actually 14 if any constellation Naftka? Either way love the blog I am from the USA and I can also vouch for about like 13 of my friends we love the game

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    4. A constellation is a group of stars, like Orion or the Plough (Big Dipper in the USA). The word you are looking for is consolation.

      Just thought I'd say, education is precious...

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    5. Yeah, this poll definetly has limitations, but it is an interesting observation. I my self am 24 from the US, and all the GW stores are filled with people my age and up. I usually try to avoid them because (as much as I love 40k) having a 35 year old screaming WAAAGH! at me isn't my favorite experience. I usually play with my brother and our friends, so in that case the ages are 20-25ish.

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    6. @Knight:

      My guess is Renato was typing on a smartphone or iPad, and it "corrected" his not-quite-spelled-right version of "consolation". Happens to me all the time, and it's really annoying... Bloody technology... :-)

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  9. I played at the Portland Opening (First game in the store against Jacen's Deamons)Had a lot of fun.

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  10. Don't forget that a lot of 10-19 year olds aren't judged to old enough to have their own computers and browse the internet regularly by their parents etc.

    Also a lot of them that I've encountered are more 'ooo models' and more about playing the game itself to the point that they'd be bored following a blog about the future with more insightful articles.

    So there's two reasons why you're not going to get the 10-19 demographic showing up in your polls.

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    1. Hahaha that makes me feel left out of my demographic as I myself actually just turned 19 and I've been following this blog for a couple years now. Guess I'm just weird! lol xD

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    2. I am 17. Following for about 2 years now, from when I started 40k

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  11. 44 here in the US, been playing since the early 90's. Love the game and most of the people play at my local store range from 18-40's. No young kids at all really.

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  12. Lvl 30 player here. Interesting observation. My local shop (Oak Park, IL) is mostly inhabited by 16-year-olds. I'm one of the oldest who frequent it, besides the store employee and one other bloke.

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    1. Oak Park, huh? The one on Lake St a couple doors down from where Hobby Town USA used to be? I started Warhammer at Hobby Town (I was about 12, almost 20 now; seemed like Hobby Town used to be filled with kids) and used to frequent it when I lived in Berwyn, but ever since I moved out to Western Springs I go to the Battle Bunker. People there are generally pretty decent, I'd say at least 18+.

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  13. I just took the poll and now feel like I should go apply for social security and look for my next game of 40k at a retirement community for gamers.

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    1. Oh, if only there were such a thing as a retirement community for gamers! Not too much longer before I'll be retiring (relatively), and I want to keep going as long as my oxygen tank will hold up! LOL!

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    2. Only in death, does gaming end!

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    3. Man, I hope so!

      Seriously, I've seen guys at a LGS playing some Napoleonic War minis game, and one of em literally had his oxygen tank, he was so old. Looked like he was playing with his sons, who looked to be my age, and I just turned 51 last month. LOL! Good for them! Hope I can still get out and get some games in if I make it to be that old...

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    1. Pardon my American-educated geo-ignorance, but what's a Catalonian?...

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    2. I believe that's an area of Spain.

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    3. Another catalan here(catalonian sounds funny), i'll be 27 in a few days, i've been playing for 10 years now.

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    4. I am kinda sure catalan is the correct term. Barcelona FC ftw!

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    5. Cataluña is Spain. They just like to pretend they are not. But it is as much Spain as Madrid can be. And whoever tells the opposite, they lie.

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  15. 20 years old, Canada, Got my first warhammer models when I was 11, but never the kind of kid to hang out in GW.

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  16. US player, 36 y.o. I played when I was like 12 or so for a few years, then came back a few years ago. I've been in two military towns since then, so quite an age range. A lot of young active duty guys, lot of older guys, and plenty of kids. Crowd varies per store i think. The official GW store tends to have more teens, the other stores tend to have more adults, like 20s to 40s.

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  17. 28. I've been playing since I was about 8\9.

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  18. Ive replying for 2, myself 42 and brother 39. usa playing 26 years AT HOME cause there werent places to play. Now its just to much of a bother to pack things up.

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  19. Australian, 27. Most people I've seen at my GW are late teens+. It used to be a lot of kids, but half way through last year they stopped coming for some reason.

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  20. 29, Australia. Been playing 16 years. My local store is at Sunshine Plaza on the Sunshine Coast in not so Sunny Queensland. It is filled with a bunch of kids aged 12-17 that just hang out there while the mums do the shopping. There is a very solid gaming base though here on the coast with people aged 20+ that have the ability to find there own way around to clubs/comps. Most of the more club/comp type players are around the 25-40 age bracket though.

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    1. Also wanted to add that it is very rare to see woman in this hobby. The only ones I have ever seen are woman that started armys to spend time with there partners.

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    2. Yeah, that's usually been the case, but I've seen a lot more females at my FLGS recently than I have in previous years. Lots of girlfriends just wanting to spend time with their boyfriends (smart), but a few married couples about, too.

      I've offered to teach my wife how to play so she wouldn't feel like a "40K Widow" on Saturday nights, but all I get is a slightly-snarky "I don't like war" back from her. Guess its more of a guy thing...

      Lots of former military into the game, I've observed...

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    3. That is very true. Current as well which includes me. I tried my wife out with Dark Vengence thats the closest I've come to getting her to play. A few more years and she might play a 1000 point game against me.

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    4. There's actually a suprising amount of girls at my local (and only nearby store - if any one knows any good clubs/stores in Melbourne/South east suburbs let me know!), but my store is mainly focused on TCGs. Although I do see a lot of WAGS, so to put it, including my own, which is awesome.

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  21. If you'd asked two days ago I could've clicked "20-29"

    But alas, 30.

    ~Muninn

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  22. 51, American, been playing for 10 years.

    The local scene in the PHX, AZ area tends to be older-than-teens, with the majority being twenty-something's to thirty-something's. I'm a bit of an anomaly being 51, but then again, I tell my wife that this is my version of my mid-life crisis. LOL! Seriously, my older brother got me into model building when I was a wee lad, and I've loved it all my life, although hadn't always been able to indulge in it. I used to be an avid Magic player, but the first time I saw a game of 40K being played, I was blown away and knew it was the hobby for me.

    Anyway, some younguns about, but mostly in the 20s to 40s range. And a very strong competitive community, although plenty of casual players and strictly-into-painting types around these parts...

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    1. I'm also in AZ, and I have to say I see a lot of the same. Although the times I've been to the Scottsdale GW store I've seen a lot of kids at the events and such. I think that a lot of this phenomenon that people see in different stores has to do with the level of recruitment happening. Most of these one-man stores seem equally interested in bringing in new players as they do in providing a place to play. If the store-runner is more focused on bringing in fresh blood, the store will seem like a boys'n'girls club.

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    2. I haven't been to the Scottsdale store yet, as it's a bit out of my driving range, and Empire Games is closer to where I live, and fully stocked, so I haven't had to make the trek to Scottsdale. But that's what I'd heard, mostly young guns at that store.

      I think it was smart of GW to open a store in Scottsdale, as that's epwhere the serious money is in these parts. If theyre gonna focus on recruiting, that's an area with kids that have parents that can support their new habit, I mean hobby. :-) Seriously, tho, smart move.

      They used to have a store at Arizona Mills, which is sort of an outlet mall (and sort of ghetto), but they closed it in 2007. But otherwise, it's a pretty healthy wargaming community here in the Valley of the Sun...

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  23. Playing in Japan.
    Did not see anyone under 25 in any of the Tokyo's GW.
    Probably the price is just insane for kids here.

    Personally, I'm 32.

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    1. Prices are insane in Australia as well. $110 for a Vendetta. Ouch. Its cheaper to buy from the USA and pay to have it posted over which is just silly.

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    2. It's getting to the point where that may not be the best option, which is very, very bad for just about everyone.

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  24. 20 American. Been only playing for two years. I was interested briefly as a kid but then i forgot about it. As a teenager I thought "thats the do-not-cross line of nerdiness" the point of no return. Here I am now with about 3k tau, 2k necrons, and 2k of dark elves and only regret the dark elves. My local gaming group is... lack luster, mostly 20 something neckbeardy types.

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  25. 15 year old new zealander here and the youngest to post here it seems....

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    1. Beautiful country, New Zealand! But from what ive seen in White Dwarf, the price of GW products down there are outrageous! For all you Americans who bitch about GW prices, check out what the Aussies and Kiwis have to pay for their plastic crack. Wow...

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    2. Yeah, but in all honest it just hurts the retailer the more than the consumer. Most consumers just prefer to go online rather than have their wallets ransacked.

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    3. I hear you. I like supporting my local retailers, as they go to the trouble (and expense) of providing playing space, tables & nice terrain. But if I know I'm going to be getting a bunch of stuff all at the same time, I can get it online for 25% off & free shipping, which I do. One-offs and impulse buys I'll do at my FLGS, but anything over $100 or so (USD), and I'm likely to get it online. (the only problem with that is, then a big box comes to the house and the wife sees it and I get bitched at for "buying more of that crap when you've got all that unbuilt stuff sitting in the closet!". Then the jig is up! :-)

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  26. 27 here and been in the hobby for 15 years. Played in Scotland for 12 years of that and now in the USA. Most of my opponents are 25+ but the young 'uns are the future of the hobby so I like to play them too.

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  27. From Australia, I'll chip in my lot at 17 years. My local gaming group holds mostly early 20s players.

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  28. 26 here- Spokane, WA (huge community of wargamer's here). Shout out to Gamer's Haven. I think average age is 20-40 in our community.

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    1. "It's Spokane, it's Spokane, it's Spokane!"
      "Spocaine..."

      (Sung to the tune of Eric Clapton's "Cocaine", courtesy of Bob Rivers, a Seattle DJ (or at least he was when I lived there 20 years ago) and the creator of many "Twisted Tunes"...)

      Love WA state, beautiful country. Nice to know you've got a healthy wargaming community over there in "Spokaine"... :-)

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    2. Kitsap county WA here, been into the Spokane Wizard's Den or whatever the name of that Indy shop is, cool place. A lot of 18+ around these parts due to the fact that there are 2 large military bases in the area. I turn 30 in a week and my bro is 27 we started playing fantasy about 18 years ago. Went from fantasy to Necromunda and played that until college where I left the hobby for alcohol, women and the occasional homework. GO COUGS! My bro and I went into a shop a few years back to start playing Necromunda again and walked out with AOBR instead, him choosing marines and Orks for meh. 8 AOBRs later along with a sum of money i'd rather not count i have accumulated around 18k Pts Orks and 12k Tyranids. I have 2 sons and hope to have the oldest throwing dice by age 4.

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  29. 36 as of today! USA and been playing since I was 19. I don't have a GW where I live, but the LGS I frequent ranges from 17-40+. What I find interesting is that the UK folks claim that only kids go to GW stores. Where do these young teens get the money to buy the models?

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    1. Happy birthday first off.

      Secondly, I guess their parents cough up. My local store in the UK is mostly 18+ though. You do get some regular young bloods at the weekend but mostly adults the rest of the time.

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  30. The question the poll is asking is: what age are the people that follow this page? – broken down to the three listed parts of the world.
    So you might not see the same age effect in warhammer bloggers as it is a subset of the larger demographic.
    Still, a very interesting question!
    (and I think you might be on to something)

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  31. 26 here!

    Im from the Netherlands, at my GW store (Amersfoort) there is quite an even mix between under 16 and above 20 (i got the numbers right) :-)

    Average age mostly depends on the time of day you walk into the store, considering schools are out around 3 PM

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  32. 30 and UK based.

    My local GW doesn't see many people over 16/17 however my local gaming club is all people 25-60 which makes for a great atmosphere. we average about 20-30 people per week.

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  33. I'm 30 here in the UK. I've been playing since just before secondary school (so 10/11) and I'm not interested in tournament play. Most of my games group isn't either we're much more interested in campaigns and storytelling through games even though were all between 25-30, mind none of us go into GW that often to play.

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  35. 29

    I'm in the UK. It's true that if you go in on a weekend then the stores are full of children, and I do suspect some parents use the place as an impromptu free daycare center. However,
    a few of the stores are more grown up just because of their location, such as the Covent Garden market den, and almost all of them run adult-only gaming evenings once a week or more.

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  36. Was born 992.M2

    Almost 21 and from Canada. Playing for 5-10 years.

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  37. I guess I'm the youngest, or at least so far. I'm an 18 year old Australian, I painted in my earlier days for about three or four years, before having stopping for a few year. and have been gaming about a year and a half.

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  38. 26 year old michogan resident who plays at tge Hampton Village store in Rochester

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  39. Europe, Croatia.. almost 27. :)
    Playing for 3 years now.

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  40. Germany, halfway past 28. Though I occasionally feel like I was in my mid-fourties.
    Been playing for a bit over 20 years now.

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  41. Helvetic, 27. it has all age-groupes by us

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  42. Players in Singapore, Malaysia and most of South East Asia (Not covered in your poll) are mostly between 20-40. There is a sizeable 16 - 20 demographic as well.

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  43. Northern Europe. 30 playing gw for about 19 years now. We also have many little ones in the store. I play with a lot of people around my age. Between kids and other stuff we just dont have time to hang around gw all day long...

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  44. 25, Sweden. The GW-store here is indeed full of kids, only time I visit is when I need a new primer and that's a quick business to get out of the loud sound levels...

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  45. American here, from Portland as well, don't think we've ever met. I'm 24, and frankly, I love the background fiction and story of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000..i'm a longtime fan too, the game attracted me when i was a kid, and nowadays I hate that GW has moved to try and appeal to a younger fan base

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  46. I'm 40 this week. From my personal experience in the UK I would say it's a bigger game amongst adults in the bigger towns/cities. I live in a smallish town and the local GW shop is almost all kids. The town club has a few adult players (beyond my 40k playing friends I grew up with) but again is mostly kids. In the cities shops and clubs I've been to there seems to be much more adults. Stating the obvious but it's just down to population I think. What I think is more interesting is that most of my friends from my generation still seem to prefer computer games. Only a few of us that started off playing it as kids have stuck with it/returned to it. I think they like the game but can't be arsed to paint models. Shame really. It's really relaxing...;)

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  47. 38 from UK London.

    Played all sorts in late 80s / early 90s e.g. Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer Roleplay, Epic, Spacehulk, Talisman, D&D, Napoleonics, Ancients.

    Gave it all an 18 year break and have been back with 40K and Fantasy for the last 3 years. Good to have something fun to do that does not involve sitting in front of the computer.

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    1. One of my local GW hobby centres has a dozen or so vets - 20-40 and a similar number of youngsters. They balance the needs of the two quite well.

      However, a manager at a newer GW i've been to more recently came out with some nonsense that the last thing he wants is a bunch of adults standing at the back chatting putting the youngsters off. I think this was when he asked me what i was doing and i said "not much - just chilling" which tends to be part of my defence mechanism to their sales pitch.

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    2. Ha, yeh, they can get kind of intense with the sales pitch and an easy diffuse is the last thing they want.

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  48. 38, and from the UK. Started 10 years ago.

    I paint more than play and it keeps me sane :)

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  49. Aussie Gamer here started when I was 10 I started playing 40k, Now I'm almost 19 and I have to say that when I started the average age in my local was probably 14 or 15 and now that's the age of our youngest regular and we have a wide range of ages that come into our store for a game who a regulars, the thing I have noticed though is that we are a close group of friends now and it's often harder for younger kids to join into the games and become a regular so I guess it's just going to vary from store to store really rather then country but it's still an interesting question you raise

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    1. Just my opinion, but I think that a regular supply of tournament opportunities can help newer players integrate into established groups. Or, for that matter, people relocating to new cities. Our LGS put on a regular supply of tourneys, and if the noobs can take getting monkey stomped a few times, it toughens them up and helps them learn the rules quickly. Most veterans I know have grouped off into their own cliques, but are still very open and inviting of newcomers. Also, most 40K vets I know (or any tabletop game, for that matter) will gladly help the kids get up to speed and offer informal mentoring. In our local scene, this usually means during organized play, but there's plenty of pickup gsmes to be had, too.

      Anyway, my point was, yes, I think sometimes it's hard for newcomers, especially kids, to break in to the local scene, but I think frequent organized play gives them an opportunity to "break in" to those established groups. That's been my experience, at least...

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  50. 33, Poland. Started playing 15 years ago, 13 years in Wh40k.

    Local players are usually between 20 and 30.

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    1. 31, Poland. Started at 25.

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  51. Portland player, 27 years old. I started playing because I lost a bet/was bribed.

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  52. I am 34 and have been playing since I was one of those youngsters in the store we cringe when we see; about age 15 or so. The 40K hobby was still pretty new then and it took me a long time to really get into it. So happy that I did. I first heard about 40K in 1991 and have the original 1988 and 1991 catalogues. Those two catalogues are two of my most cherished 40k items, actually.I still remember drooling over the first Land Raider and Leman Russ tanks. I only saw a Land Raider kit in the stores once and totally did not have the money. Anyway, that's my trip down memory lane.

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  53. 34, UK. Started playing back in '89-90 with 1st ed Space Hulk, then on to Rogue Trader 40k and 2nd edition Epic. Advanced Space Crusade & Space Fleet followed (beh) then Man O' War. In the mid-late 90s a lot of my gaming chums moved away to Uni and this, coupled with rising prices of GW stuff, encouraged me to drop it while still keeping up with the occasional White Dwarf. Spent loads of money on computer tech instead of little plastic & metal guys so and also played stuff like Final Liberation, both Space Hulks, Heroquest, Space Crusade, Fire Warrior & then Dawn Of War on PC so didn't really stray far.

    Found a few new chums to play with about four years ago, got back into 40k proper around the mid-part of 5th's life cycle, dusted off my old Deathwing/Dark Angels & picked up the Tau, followed by Eldar and now Necrons. Also grabbed the new Space Hulk as a nod to the game that started it all for me. £70 was well worth it.

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  54. Italian, 36 years old.

    Play only with friends at home and buy only trough net.
    Don't enter in GW store because are full of nerdy kids.

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  55. Europe, 30.
    Although I first looked into the hobby when I was about 14. Never understood 2nd Edition, and lack of funds never got me far. (Although I recently found my old Eldar codex and some paints from then. Paints still usable)

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  56. Irish, 29.

    Been collecting since I was 12.

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  57. Interesting. I'm 21, UK based. In the GW stores I've been to, it's usually a fairly set pattern - weekdays are mostly 20+ year olds, weekends are a mix of adults and teenagers. That said, most actual gaming happens in clubs which are entirely adult.

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    1. Where do the clubs meet to play? We do it at our FLGS, as there really aren't any other facilities like a union hall or some other such thing (not sure what to call it). I've read a number of you chaps from the UK mention "clubs, not stores", so I'm curious where you manage to find the space, tables & terrain to support the kinds of numbers I've seen thrown up...

      Thanks in advance...

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  58. 34 here like most of the guys at our FLGS.

    How the hell can someone under 16 can afford GW models?

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    1. Kids under 16 have access to biological vending machines called parents... :oP

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  59. Finland, 34. Started with Space Marine (before it was renamed Epic 40K) in 1995, decided that Epic 3rd edition was crap (movement of most vehicles was longer than most weapon ranges, talk about zergrush) and moved to BFG when it was released, got bored to it too and started 40K proper only in 2003. Took a hiatus around the time the Vostroyans were released, picked up hobby again last year. Never been to a tournament.

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  60. Czech republic, 26 here. And when it comes to my FLGS, people playing War40k that are under 20 are pretty rare. There are a lot of them generally but they are mostly Magic players.

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  61. In one of the stores in Berlin, germany are most of the customers 20 - 50 we got a few kids but those arent your average little punks that touch your modeld etc. They are very polite. Im 27 myself

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  62. I'm 20, started when I was 13, 14. There's a store in the UK in Meadowhall shopping centre that is literally like a day-care. Parents go shopping and they drop their kids off there for 3-4 hours, it's not a store I can stand to be in too long, but I must admit, it's exactly how it began for me. I've frequented a few other stores and they're all pretty mixed.

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  63. I am european, 21, and nearly the youngest member of our club.

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  64. 28 from germany. Started at 14. My gaming community is 25-30.

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  65. Hey Natfka,
    this is a very interesting thread in a series of interesting threads. Keep it up mate.

    I am 37, and started playing 23 years ago. I was a youngster back then, but I still remember clearly the two crimson fists that I was entrusted to command :)

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  66. The only problem with the poll is that not many 'nerdy teens' actually look at blogs in the big wide world. Their main interests are only going to be with gw's website, just something to take into consideration, as I have a look at the results so far conclude mainly 20's and above. But I am eager to see the results, thanks :)

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    1. Given the school-going crowd are not back from school yet in the UK worth waiting a while yet to judge the response from "nerdy teens".

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  67. 50 from the US, started helping my son with the hobby aspect 10 years ago and got hooked.

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  68. 42, from the US. Been a 40k player since 1987.
    Clearly, you need an adults income to afford this hobby. For young folks, that means mom's visa...

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  69. I'm 25. At the game store I play at there is one kid who is 15 but other thin that most of the people are 20+

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  71. Im 42 i am Irish by birth but moved to the USA 4 years ago. I have been playing from the late 80's in fact hero quest was the first ever game connected to GW. I moved onto warhammer roleplay then adeptus titanicus/space marine and on and on until this current edition of 40k. My local club is cereal gamers playing out of titan games in battle creek MI. Our club is mostly adults (over 18) we ha e a few serious players who like tournaments but i personally have no interest in that style of play. I am strictly a beer and pretzels player, i like to win but i am more interested having fun.

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  72. Aaron Bailey, Australian, 28, been playing for 16 years. Most of the gamers I play with are in a 10 year bracket either side.
    I also play with a lot of current, and former military. Being a former soldier myself it seems to be something we can all agree on and get along ignoring corps ands background differences.
    I also know former soldiers that use the hobby to decompress and as a treatment for PTSD. It helps take their mind off it and gives them a constructive outlet, as well as being a social experience for men who would become reclusive in some cases.

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  73. 30 Here is Kansas City. I started to paint in 2001, but I did not start playing until a month before 5th came out... I bought the last BFM and AOB the same day and I got a nice starting army to start over with then... Now I have 9k of Blood Angels and and at least 1k points of nearly every other 40k army except any type of Eldar or Necrons. And on that topic my Fiancee likes to paint and she plays a little on her own.

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  74. My son is almost 6 and he's checked out your blog... although generally when i've been browsing and he's mostly interested in the pictures... :)

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    1. Have him throwing any dice yet?

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    2. Yes, we play with LOTR miniatures and just monkey about. Aragorn gets 4 dice in attack, hits on 4+, orcs get 1 attack, hit on 5 or 6. Simplify a lot of the rules. He gets it but is more interested in Lego at the moment.

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  75. 17 from Maine, US, started Eldar last summer after 40k came out. Been pretty good so far. From what I can tell my local group is older teenagers and adults, although I don't have an army large enough to play there yet so I wouldn't really know.

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  76. UK, 35 years old. Been with W40k since I was a young teen with the Rogue Trader book.

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  77. US. 42 here. First 40k was GenCon/Origins in 88 (quote:Hey theres a cool new sci fi version of Warhammer...) Local independent store: 20s-30s play 40k while 40 somethings have a good sized Flames of War group. Mostly collect: Dark Elves and Sisters with some Alpha Legion and Fallen allied. DE and Sisters soon to be greatly expanded with Raging Heroes Kickstarter.

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  78. 37. Just at a guess, I'd say console/computer games are pretty stiff competition unless a kid has a parent into wargames. I will say my store has an older group, but the Bunker's got a younger crowd, especially on the weekends.

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    1. Oh, and started painting miniatures when I was about...10 or so? I got into GW because, in college, I used to paint miniatures for a hobby store to help them sell (side job). When I graduated and was moving, they gave me a few boxes of Sisters and 'Nids. Didn't start playing until about ten years ago or so, but had pretty large armies by that point, regardless.

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  79. I'm still quite young... only 30 years old. I have been playing GW games for over 15 years now, unless you count the Hero's Quest Game I got when I was 8... (of course my parents gave it away or sold it at a garage sale without my consent)

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  80. 33yo from CT USA. I started when I was 10 or so then took a Hiatus in High School for 13 or so years. I've been trying to get back into the Hobby for 3 or 4 years now, no one really games in my area that I know of.

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  81. USA 42....most of my game buds are 20's and up.... average is about 30 in my area.

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  82. 30. Started at 12 in a Rogue Trader escalation league (I think before "escalation league" was coined as a term) back in second edition. Played mostly with kids my age and a few older teens.

    Moved away, and played only a few times in early high school, and perhaps once in college.

    Bought some things during 4th edition and when GenCon (and the awesome bitz sellers) came to Indy. Finally got back into playing in the twilight of 5th edition, and have really enjoyed sixth (despite perhaps not being the best player or painter. I've done a few tourneys, and am doing the Indy Open in a couple of weeks.

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  83. 24 from Canada, and while I have never lived anywhere with a GW store, our local retailers have tended to pull in few people below university age,

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  84. 26 years old, from Spain. I don't usually go to GW stores, I feel better with independent stores. More than this, Independent stores usually got 5-10 % discount at their products, so it is cheaper than GW store.

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  85. I am 36 and the majority of players in London, Ontario, Canada are in the 20-30 age category. I see very few younger players these days, I believe GW prices are pricing them out of the hobby myself. Part time work doesn't pay for an army easily. As a parent myself I know a lot of other parent that are unwilling to buy them for kids as well because of projected investment.

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  86. Hmmmm never thought about what other stores would look like in the UK... Most stores iv been to across the US are full of college age and above. Most of the younger kids are are with their dads or playing card games with the other people that don't shower.

    That could be the difference are card games popular across the pond?

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  87. I'm 23, American, and I started in '96. Took a hiatus in 4th edition, but now I'm back and in the hobby stronger than ever.

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  88. 26, from the US, been playing 40k since 2007, but played Mordheim in the 90's

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  89. 31, from the US. I picked up Blood Angels when I was 13 during 2nd edition. I still have the old starter box with the iconic cover! Moved away from games when I discovered girls, but picked up the paint brush again when I was 29. Now I'm mostly just a hobbyist but I have fallen in love with the hobby again as an adult.

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  90. Had to reply to this, since it seems I'm in the minority. I'm 15, only been playing for about two years. I also live in South Africa (only person from Africa on the site it seems. Our continent needs more wargamers..)

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    1. South Africa is an awesome country, been there twice on business. Wonderful people. Love biltong! Can't get it anywhere outside of SA, which is a pity. Good to hear 40K has a presence there...

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    2. You can get biltong in the UK, a fair few places in London that do it. Kudu is tastiest. Comes in dry variety but you can also get it before it has dried i think - wet biltong. Rather tasty.

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  91. I am American and 31 years old, but I actually started playing when I lived in England. I was 13 at the time. :)

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  92. Well I guess I'm one of 7 old coots ;) Age 40, still feel 20.

    I started getting actively interested and took the plunge in around 2003. I'd seen 40k being played years before that, and was wow'd by the great models (it was a Blood Angels army) in a comic shop I frequented. I started listening in, and heard all the crazy charts and maths and wotnot and was immediately turned off. Loved the toys, though!

    Fast forward over 10 years later, and I wasn't going out as much as we were expecting our first child. I decided to do 'at home' hobbies (I'd previously been a die hard musician, ah what kids and marriage will do to that!) so I bought a Chaos Rhino.

    I then started working at Cyberlore Studios, and some of the guys there were playing Dawn of War (it had just come out) and that's where I met Jay Adan. He worked there, and also owned a shop. I headed up there for an auction, and really wanted to buy some Necrons because they reminded me of Eddie from Iron Maiden.

    I ended up pursuing Chaos as my first army, and Black Legion because I was confused as hell with the 3.5 codex. I was told about conversions at my local GW, and went home and googled it. The first thing I found was Scarpia's website and his Orks, and I went lean and green for years. Probably because I hated painting Black Legion with a passion ;)

    I've been playing Chaos a lot again the past couple of years, focussing on my Death Guard. I've also recently picked up a Renegade Guard army to compliment them.

    TLDR; I'm old.

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  93. 32 first got into 40k at 18 but didn't get to play much and being broke for 10+ years finally got back in in 2011 at the end of 5th just learned it and then 6th hits. Would have been at the Portland opening but shit happened and moved back to central Oregon.

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  94. Many of the UK gamers I've met, don't really play in GW stores. Most of them have a club meeting weekly somewhere where they play their games, and it's usually in a pub of some sort. This could be the reason that they don't see many adults in the GW stores.

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    1. Gaming in a pub sounds like a fabulous time! A pint of bitters to go with your game? Don't mind if I do, but make mine a Guinness, please!

      LOL! None of that here stateside... Shame, really...

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  95. I'm 31, going on 32. The average age of the NOVA Open's nearly-600 attendees is over 30.

    I'd say the US wargaming population includes a pretty substantial adult component. That said, the local GW here certainly also has plenty of younger attendees.

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  96. Aged 30 from the UK. Been gaming since I was 11 down in Dorset, England. Plan to be gaming till 111!

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  97. 36, UK on and off gamer for 20 years. Breeding the next group of miniature addicts. My son, nephew and cousins boy aged 5 to 8 love 40K!

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  98. 36, UK on and off gamer for 20 years. Breeding the next group of miniature addicts. My son, nephew and cousins boy aged 5 to 8 love 40K!

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  99. Well I suppose this is partly my doing so here's me - 33 - 34 this year, started gaming back in the 1980s with the original Rogue Trader rules. Never did understand turn radius ratio. Came back to 5th edition three years ago and game with a small group of chums.

    BTW, are there any gaming clubs in Southampton?

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  100. Im 39 in june and i have been playing since i was 12

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  101. I think it depends on when you enter the hobby.

    I was in my teens when I picked up my first 40k starter box and then picked up several other models here and there.
    At the same time, I did not play my first game until like 5 years later, and then another 5 after that before I started trying to learn the rules for myself.

    I'm now 30, and my interest is just ramping up.

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  102. I'm 33 and had never played a game until a couple years ago when a friend and coworker introduced me to it. We now have a group of five players between the ages of 30 and 40. The one who got us all addicted has played since he was 12 but the rest of us started in 2011.

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  103. I'm 18, been playing since I was 13.

    Even when I just started, I wouldn't say I was one of those annoying kids who turned up to 1000+1 beginner sessions with baneblades and stompas.

    I got the rulebook, read it cover to cover, went to one beginner session, hated it, and played properly with mates since.

    Even though I'm still not that old, I do have a bit of a cynical view on the kids nowadays- I used to play at my GW and lot and gradually, me and my mates dubbed it 'Games Work-crèche'

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  104. I'm Dutch and 20 years old. I've been doing Warhammer since I was 18. Also, I'm female ;)

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  105. U.S. and I'm one month away from 39.

    Got into this just 3 years ago. A friend really wanted me to play. (Perhaps he was desperately recruiting so as to use the zillions of dollars worth of models collecting dust on his shelf.) I thought "meh, I'll buy this one-time purchase of $100 for a battleforce."

    Oh, how naive I was.

    Almost sold everything but the 6th ed + new (Tau) codex has gotten me back in and more excited than before.

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