>I just noticed that RB is
>showing the number of registered
>"members". The number is about
>5,500. It got me to
>thinking that if there were
>7 million folks living in
>the bay area, and about
>half were men, then could
>it be true that less
>than 1 percent play this
>game? Any thoughts? I'm just
Good question, one that I've thought myself. First of all, you gotta figure that out of those 7M people in the bay area, only a certain percentage of them are men over the consenting age of 18 and under, say 70. Of those, the huge grey area is what percentage have actually played the game. I'd say it is probably less than 50%.
This leads to an interesting question that I've been wondering lately based on my last three experiences with new providers. Each time they asked me how I heard about them, and I told them, 'a friend'. When pressed for a name, I told them I couldn't say. Still, each one then asked if I heard about them on RB or the internet. Seems that RB is pretty famous among our provider friends.
So what percentage of active hobbyists actively participate in RB would you say? If there are 5500 registered members, how many active lurkers are there to add to that number?
Say for argument's sake it's 4500. That would be 10,000 hobbyists familiar with RB... in all of your expert opinions, what percentage of the total bay area hobbyists would you say this number is?
Based on the number of providers on this board, do you think this total number could be as high as 100,000, or even 200,000?
I don't think anybody really knows, as it's hard to define exactly what is an 'active' hobbyist. At least once a month? (Just throwing out numbers here)
Personally, I've been active on and off for about the past 4-5 years. I've been active recently, but quit the hobby for over two years about two years ago. So you could definitely say that I am a hobbyist now, but I wasn't 1-2 years ago.
Anybody (including RB editors) with some hard figures or even an educated guess and would like to share, please do!