A series of comments from people in a UK Diplomacy PBM 'zine on whether players of PBEM Dip should be targeted for recruitment to postal 'zines made me curious to find out for myself the answer to the question "Are PBEM-ers totally separate from PBM-ers?"
YES NO ----- ---- A) I play Diplomacy by e-mail (eg JUDGE) [ ] [ ] B) I play Diplomacy in a postal zine [ ] [ ] C) I subscribe to a postal zine [ ] [ ] (if you've answered NO to (B))
|Play Email Dip||63||15||20||98|
|Play in a zine||12||12||3||27|
|Subscribe to a zine||19||15||5||39|
|None of the above||0||7||0||7|
Looking at the actual results further yields more interesting results. For starters , if we look at those who said yes to (A) playing diplomacy by email, they fall into three categories:
The first two groups obviously know about postal 'zines, but the third group either choose not to subscribe, or more likely haven't seen any postal 'zines yet.
The responses given will be looked at in terms of triples; that is, the answers for questions A, B, C. So a "YNN" is someone who meets condition 3 above, whereas "NNY" is someone who doesn't play Diplomacy postally, but who does subscribe to a postal 'zine.
There are six different possible combinations of answers (the nature of question (C) means that those playing in a 'zine game are assumed to be subscribing to it, so there were no "YYN" or "NYN" answers, and I'm sure someone would have told me if they fell into one of these categories!)
The actual results in triple format are seen in the pie-chart below. The actual numbers of replies is given and the percentages are shown proportionally by area (separately for each ring).
Let's first look at the "YNN" replies (those who play purely by e-mail and do not play in or subscribe to a postal 'zine). I would say that probably most of the people who answered "YNN" belong to the category of non-Dip players who first stumbled across Diplomacy on the Internet, via the newsgroup (the extremely frequent question of "where can I find the rules for Diplomacy?" appearing on the newsgroup backs this up), or who played the game many years ago (e.g., at school), and who, having discovered the newsgroup, started playing again.
The other major differences in UK players are in the "NYY," "NNN," and "NNY" replies.
The "NYY" replies are from those who play in a postal 'zine but who decide not to play in e-mail Judge games. This also seems to back up the idea that a larger proportion of readers in the UK already played Diplomacy before discovering the newsgroup.
The "NNN" and "NNY" replies only occur in the UK, and there is a simple reason for this (I think!!). All of the "NNN" replies are from the Oxford University Diplomacy Club, who obviously prefer face-to-face to all other forms. I am unsure about the "NNY," and so will not try and speculate on it.
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