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  • #37128
    Phil Dutré
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    I counted all the articles that were published in WI 1-259 (1987-2009) by period. This produced some interested results … (full numbers on http://snv-ttm.blogspot.be/2016/01/wargames-illustrated-period-popularity.html).

     

     

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    #37134
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Interesting indeed, did not expect that to be in number one place.

    That must have taken a while?

     

    #37140
    Don Glewwe
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    That certainly explains why I have such trouble corralling interest/feedback on my WW1 aircombat game…

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    #37142
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Interesting.

    Still not sure  I can believe the first category!

    Are the sub genres (eg Vietnam) already included in the main category total (Modern?) or should they be added together to get an overall figure for, in this example, moderns?

    Oh – and how did ‘fantasy’ become a ‘historical’ period?

    I am surprised that during that period WWI emerges as high as it did (even more so than the winner).

    #37144
    Fredd Bloggs
    Participant

    WW2 has 210 articles in total, splitting it as land, sea and air I could see, but some of the divisions are… odd.

     

    Interesting though.

    #37147
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    Too much granularity in places, the TMP disease 😉

     

    Examples:

    Wars of the Roses fits into medieval. Napoleonic is…Napoleonic, whatever the theatre. WW2 and WW2 Market Garden, why single out one campaign? I’ll stop there

     

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    #37155
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Okay, having been prompted by actual figures – re WWII

    WWII                        104

    WWII Eastfront        50

    WWII Naval               21

    WWII D Day              20

    WWII Pacific             19

    WWII Africa              17

    WWII Air                   12

    WWII Mkt Garden     7

    Total                         250

    So I guess that answers the question are the sub periods/genres part of the total WWII figure – no as they add up to more. But as NCS says, why split along these lines? All WW2 together would put it way ahead of medieval for example – even adding the Asian subdivision. A more likely #1

    #37157
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    I should have written ‘one operation in a campaign’.

     

    Even Homer nods 😉

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    #37163
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    The numbers are exclusive. Every article is only counted once and not in multiple categories. So, Vietnam is seperate from Modern.

    As for classifications being questionable, I refer to my blogpost:

    Of course, I might have mislabeled some, and sometimes I subdivided (or did not!) a period into several subgenres for no good reason except my own illogical judgement.

    It is not a scientific experiment. It’s just a nice little byproduct of my effort of indexing my whole collection of Wargames Illustrated …

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    #37164
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Yes and I apologise if I seemed critical.

    I refer to my very first comment : ‘Interesting’ – a genuine use of the word, in no way ironic or sarcastic.

    Just a bit of a harmless numbers game on my part. No doubt as was yours

    Prompted largely by my disbelief that Medieval could trounce Ancients, Napoleonics and WWII!

     

    #37165
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    Wars of the Roses fits into medieval. Napoleonic is…Napoleonic, whatever the theatre. WW2 and WW2 Market Garden, why single out one campaign?

    Yeah, well. Typing in the complete index took me roughly 3 months, adding a few issues every day. I (sub)divided in categories as I went along. If I would start anew, I would probably redefine some of the subdivisions, but life is too short …

     

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    #37166
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Don’t worry, if it were down to me the divisions would probably be:

    Wargaming.

    Other

    So you are way ahead of me!

    #37167
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    Yes and I apologise if I seemed critical.

    No offence taken 🙂

    The numbers are not an endorsement of any sort to proof that period x or y is the most “popular”. It’s just the raw data as I typed it in. Everyone should interpret any way they see fit … 😉

    I full agree you have to take the numbers with a grain of salt. Although they do reflect the entries in the database, there are some things you might want to take into account when doing a more detailed analysis:

    • multi-part articles in subsequent issues are only counted as one. Some “articles” ran for 5 issues or even longer;
    • weighing the numbers by page-count would reflect “popularity” perhaps better, but I am not going to count all the pages in all these issues!
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    #37179
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    You would only end with some twit turning round and saying -‘Ah but what about the pictures in xxxx? You need to do a word count to be accurate!’

    (and yes it would probably be me!) so I would happily endorse your decision to stick while you are ahead.

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