Our Kiwi Board Gaming Community Survey: The Results!

A little while ago we opened a survey for the board gamers in New Zealand to talk about what they would like to see as the hobby grows. This will no doubt be a topic for further discussion at the upcoming Wellycon!

If you’d like to see all the survey responses as raw data, download this .csv file. It’ll open in OpenOffice or Excel.

Let’s start talking about these highlights though. How are we going to move forward from here?

Starting An Outreach Site For New Gamers

The need for a board game outreach website or forum (SeriouslyBoard community survey)
A break down of what is needed (SeriouslyBoard community survey)

A massive 90% of people think we need an outreach site for new gamers. According to the comments we had, this would include:

  • Introductory information on modern board-gaming
  • A “Top games” section with good introductory games
  • Links and contact details for local board gaming groups

By its very nature, the site would have to be quite simple, maybe a dozen pages or so, and have great, easy to enjoy information. It’s basically a sales pitch for board gaming in general and some solid connection points to the New Zealand board gaming community.

We’re happy to build the site, but would love to have content and ideas from you. How should this look? What content would it need? What games should be recommended? Anyone good at copywriting?

A Kiwi Board Gaming Forum Or Community

The question over creating a specific online New Zealand board game community was much more difficult to answer. People seemed to like the idea, but wouldn’t have much time to give to it. That said, 30-40 people spending an hour or more each week would definitely give us some life!

Many people thought BoardGameGeek was enough for everyone; others wanted a recreation of most of BGG’s features (forums, rankings, etc) on a NZ-specific website.

Number of hours spent on a social network website or forum (SeriouslyBoard community survey)

It seems to us that there isn’t enough interest in this right now to give it its own domain and site structure.

We’ve been planning on setting up some forums here on SeriouslyBoard since shortly after the site’s inception, which will allow us to get started. As the community grows, we’d like to expand the features available and consider moving it to its own domain. The forums will be live by the end of 2010…but hopefully sooner!

So, let’s talk: how are we going to move forward from here?

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Dmitriy TEST

7 Comments

  1. David on July 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Very hard to see those visuals – on most sites, clicking on them would offer a full-size version, but not here…



    • David on July 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      Hi David. Clicking on the image will take you to another link. Clicking on the image again in the new link will show them full size. I’ll have a tinker and try to reduce the process from two clicks to one – thanks for the feedback! 🙂



      • David on July 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

        Hi again David. I’ve had a toy around and made the images larger and also made the single link to see the rest of the image. Also, note that the .csv file is available if you want a closer look at each survey entry.

        We’re encouraging discussion, so if you have any ideas, we’d love to hear them!



  2. Bob on July 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Cool.



    • David on July 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Bob. Is there anything in particular that you like the idea of?



  3. Tim on July 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I think a crucial thing about a gateway website is to have contact people for different areas. The thing about Hamilton is that it has lots of little circles of people who are doing their thing in isolation, and no public front. So unless someone new in Hamilton meets a circle, there is no easy way into gaming here. That’s probably where forums would win, since they would have names (and hopefully areas) that people could contact.



    • David on July 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      Well said, Tim. Forums serve well as an online meeting place that can then expand out into meeting places and groups offline.

      We aren’t aware of the Hamiltonian circles, although we’re sure that they exist. But Hamilton is the only main centre that we don’t have any information on regarding game groups: https://seriouslyboard.co.nz/about/community/