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Any (semi) hard data on average gaming time and session frequency?

(How often does an average party play and how long does an average session of theirs last?)

Has anyone surveyed this yet (with publicly available results)?

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What game? Encounters which are run officially by Wizards of the coast run an hour by design. I've been able to do the same thing for my self. Playing once ever few weeks. –  GMNoob Aug 30 '11 at 9:00
    
Any game... The average game played by the average party. –  OpaCitiZen Aug 30 '11 at 9:26
    
in person only? does over skype count? what are the criteria? –  GMNoob Aug 30 '11 at 10:17
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I imagine they play "now and again", and for an average session length of "a couple of hours". –  Jonathan Drain Aug 30 '11 at 10:22
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@OpaCitiZen There! The [groups] tag is for topics about group dynamics, which this seems to fit. And I fixed up the [metagaming] tag and its wiki in the meantime. –  SevenSidedDie Aug 30 '11 at 22:54

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According to market research by Wizards of the Coast, taken in 1999:

7.2% of D&D players play monthly. (The report doesn't say whether this includes weekly.) Only 4.9% of new gamers who have played for under a year play monthly. 13.2% of players who have played for 1-5 years play monthly, and only 5.9% of those who played D&D for over five years played monthly. One hypothesis is that people often get into the game as teenagers, but have less time to play as they get older.

28% of D&D players play for more than five hours in a typical session. Among players who have played for a year or less, that number drops to 10%. Among who have played for 1-5 years, 14% play for longer than 5 hours. For people who have played for over five years, 42% play for more than five hours, but they tend to play less frequently.

These figures are from 1999, so it's mainly talking about AD&D and earlier.

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I can't tell if those percentages are of all gamers (cards, computers, puzzles, board games etc) or a percentage of those who responded to playing RPGs –  GMNoob Aug 30 '11 at 10:41

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