Any one got a guess how many SF fans there are out there?

ChrisDonovan's picture
ChrisDonovan
January 14, 2016 - 10:53pm
It was never that big of a game even "back in the day" (unfortunately).  And of course over the decades (man does that make me feel my age and then some) most of us drifted away.

Anyone want to take a shot at guessing how many SF fans there were, and how many there are today?

Yeah, I know it's a lame question...I'm bored tonight.
Comments:

Shadow Shack's picture
Shadow Shack
January 15, 2016 - 2:47am
We've had a few dozen regulars here over the years, some of which also used to post at the SF.com and SF.org boards as well. I know of a solid half dozen more from another defunct board, only one of which made it here and th other .com & .org boards. I can add another half dozen or so from the dragonsfoot.org board I frequent. So I'm guessing around 50 based on that data.
I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

My SF website

ChrisDonovan's picture
ChrisDonovan
January 15, 2016 - 5:26am
Wow...I suspected a low number, but not that low, though the fact that there seem to be less than 10 really active members here should have told me...

TerlObar's picture
TerlObar
January 15, 2016 - 6:34am
Both the Star Frontiers Facebook group and Google Plus communities have around 350 members and they are not completely overlapping.  In addition, I randomly see someone on twitter make a Star Frontiers comment about 3-4 times a week, usually listing it as one of their favorate games or a nostalgic memory.  Or asking WotC when a new edition is coming out.  I also know of some people that are not really on this site, Facebook, or G+ that actively run Star Frontiers games, sometimes with the core rules and sometimes in other system

So the number of really active fans is fairly small, probably in the low hundreds, but if there was something big come out related to Star Frontiers you'd probably see a few thousand come out of the woodwork.  That's my take on it anyway based on watching social media and the websites over the last nearly a decade.  I keep trying to get WotC to give me a chance to find out but so far it's been a no go.
Ad Astra Per Ardua!
Webmaster - The Star Frontiers Network & this site
Founding Editor - The Frontier Explorer Magazine
Managing Editor - The Star Frontiersman Magazine

Shadow Shack's picture
Shadow Shack
January 15, 2016 - 10:13pm
In all fairness it's tough to judge by forum members, more so in light of the way forums are a dying breed (re: my theory from the Play by Post thread)...note the differences between the active membership at a forum vs Terl's mention of a facebook group. Even in the hey day of forums, it took me five or six years before I stumbled onto my first SF board.

Still, even considering the era of instant gratification, I'm pretty sure the facebook based 350 is a low number. It's tough to find a proper yardstick to measure it by. I would wager there are easily a thousand members registered to this board (is there a member list? I clicked "members" and it only shows members from my hosted projects), minus 10% worth of spammers...leaving 900 that were interested enough in the game to give the board a whirl.
I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

My SF website

Sargonarhes's picture
Sargonarhes
January 24, 2016 - 9:30am
There is a Star Frontiers topic on Facebook and it has 338 likes. The actual Star Frontiers facebook page has 437 people. There has to be more as many still don't use Facebook.
In every age, in every place, the deeds of men remain the same.

KRingway's picture
KRingway
January 25, 2016 - 7:01am
The G+ group has 360 members. Every time the subject comes up over at the 'Old School Gamers' Facebook group, a lot of people say how they liked the RPG. That said, it's always difficult to judge who plays any RPG at any given time, old or new.

Back in the past I'm guessing SF sold enough to justify adventures and expansions being released for it. Nowadays, I've no idea how many people still actually play worldwide. Taking one's cue for a number based on what's online and who talks about it online might not give an accurate picture.