Friday, 19 December 2014

Northern League - 2014 Review

It's that time of year again! Time to review the state of the Northern League the competition scene in the North of England.

If you want to read the background to this analysis have a look at this earlier post. In this article I said that "the Northern League is both stable and set fair for the future". This is no longer true as this chart shows:

It's clear that overall attendance is in slow decline and the downward trend from 2011 to 2014 cannot be ignored. The main cause is the steady fall in the numbers playing FOG AM (Field of Glory: Ancients & Medieval). Here's the data:

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Luck Or Strategy?

Graham & I were sat in the pub last Sunday having our regular post game debrief when I asked Graham what turned out to be a key question: did he win by luck or better strategy? As we all know this is the perfect topic for a chat over a pint or two but this time it was different. Firstly because it lead to an second discussion about rolling "good, or bad, dice at crucial moments" and secondly because we'd recorded every dice roll in the game.

That's right, in our 800 point game of Field of Glory Renaissance (FOGR) we recorded over 1,000 dice rolls in a three hour game. That's just the number of spots nothing else. Sad, I know. I don't want to go into the specific reasons why we decided to do this at this point other than to say we've done this before and found it really helpful.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Sword & Spear Demonstration

On Sunday Robert Taylor organised a demonstration game of Mark Lewis's new Sword & Spear rules at MAWS. All credit must go to Mark for running the demonstration himself.

Sadly, I couldn't attend because I had already arranged a 650 point game of Field of Glory (FOG) Renaissance. However, I was able to sit in for while after my game had finished and take a few photos.

Graham (standing) watching over Mark's shoulder (right).

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Blog Survey Results

To begin I'd like to thank every reader who took the time to complete the survey I ran to mark my 300th post. Without you this article would not have been possible.

When I checked, I was surprised to see that I've been running this blog for seven years. As far as the Internet is concerned this is a long time. It's more than enough time for disruptive changes in technology and resultant changes in reader habits. Most notably the time has seen the rise of Twitter and the rise and fall of RSS feeds as ways of staying in touch. So in addition to general feedback I asked a few questions about the techniques people use to follow the blog.

Since the survey closed it's been a bit difficult to find the time to analyse the results and I apologise for the short delay. Thankfully, I have finally found time to go through the survey responses. Before the details a bit of context:

  • Since 2007, the blog has averaged 50 page views and 34 unique visitors a day.
  • The best ever daily page views was 636 in mid 2008 whilst subsequent peaks have been around 300 and increasingly the result of an "advert" placed on the likes of TMP or other hobby forums.
  • The blog currently has 74 readers using the RSS feed and my Twitter account has 39 followers.
  • The survey yielded 8 replies which, based on the above, I estimate to be 10-20% of my regular readership.

So what did people say?