Article, Rankings, Survey Results

Investigating the Arkham Horror LCG Survey Data v.1

Written by Bill Yankosky (aka Yodaman)

Introduction

I Rebel recently completed a survey to gather data from Arkham Horror LCG players. 149 people responded to the survey overall, which was a great response. In a break from my usual writing about the Star Wars LCG, this article will investigate the data that was obtained from the Arkham Horror LCG survey results.

Getting Into The Game

The Arkham Horror LCG was released in 2016. The following shows when players got into the game according to the survey.

Year 1 – 2016: 52 (34.9%)
Year 2 – 2017: 25 (16.8%)
Year 3 – 2018: 22 (14.8%)
Year 4 – 2019: 23 (15.4%)
Year 5 – 2020: 27 (18.1%)

While a little more than a third of respondents started playing the game in its first year, a consistent number of people have started playing the game each year since its release according to the results compiled. Of note, is that the number of survey respondents who started playing in 2020 is actually the 2nd most of the 5 year span of the game. The current global pandemic probably has played a role in that, especially since most people are unable to go to a FLGS to play games with others. Since the Arkham Horror LCG is something people can play in a solo format (either in true solo or multi-handed), that’s not surprising.

Basic Demographics

The following shows the ages of the survey respondents.

0-19 years old: 2 (1.3%)
20-29 years old: 26 (17.4%)
30-39 years old: 74 (49.7%)
40-49 years old: 42 (28.2%)
50+ years old: 5 (3.6%)

In general, the respondents tend to skew a bit older on the demographic side. About 81.2% of respondents are 30 years or older. Over the years, I’ve observed that LCG players tend to be a bit older crowd and this information seems to back that up.

How Do People Play?

Players were asked to list all the ways they played the game. Not surprisingly, people play the game in a variety of ways and many people enjoy playing the game in multiple formats rather than just one. The percentages listed are for the number of respondents who selected the choice as a method of play. As a reminder, people were asked to list ALL ways they played, not just one which is why the totals will not sum to 100%.

Multiplayer with friends in person: 89 (59.7%)
True Solo (one deck): 85 (57%)
Dual-handed (two decks): 79 (53%)
On TTS: 56 (37.6%)
Multiplayer with family in person: 50 (33.6%)
Multiplayer with a local playgroup in person: 17 (11.4%)
Other: 5 (3.4%)

Personal Involvement

Players were asked to look at a list of statements about their involvement with the game and select all which applied to them personally. 149 players responded and the results were quite varied although the vast majority of people have a collection that supports game play for others as well as themselves.

“My collection supports at least one other person”: 106 (71.1%)
“I play other games in the Arkham Horror family”: 96 (64.4%)
“I have all of the retail components currently in the game”: 67 (45%)
“I have “won” every (complete) campaign currently in the game”: 47 (31.5%)
“I have played this game since day 1”: 45 (30.2%)
“I play Custom Content for this game”: 38 (25.5%)
“I have gifted this game to another person”: 33 (22.1%)
“I have played every Investigator currently in the game”: 23 (15.4%)
“I have all of the official promo items currently in the game”: 22 (14.8%)
“I create content for this game (not counting Custom Content)”: 17 (11.4%)
“I am the only person in my close circle who plays this game. I either play online or with people I would not say I am that close to”: 17 (11.4%)
“I create Custom Content for this game”: 14 (9.4%)
“None of the above apply to me”: 14 (9.4%)

What Class Is Enjoyed The Most?

Players were asked to list their favorite class to play and, overall, the results were fairly evenly distributed. Although Rogue clearly was the most popular class among the respondents.

Rogue: 38 (25.5%)
Seeker: 29 (19.5%)
Survivor: 29 (19.5%)
Mystic: 28 (18.8%)
Guardian: 25 (16.8%)

Favorite Solo Investigators

People were asked to list their favorite solo investigator if they play the game solo. 106 people responded to this question. Ashcan Pete and Roland Banks were tied with 11 votes, with Jenny Barnes and Joe Diamond close behind. Overall, 32 investigators received at least 1 vote as being someone’s favorite to play in the solo format.

Ashcan11
Roland11
Jenny10
Joe9
Wendy6
Agnes5
Ursula5
Jim4
Luke4
Finn3
Jacqueline3
Silas3
Skids3
William3
Calvin2
Dexter2
Lola2
Mark2
Norman2
Patrice2
Stella2
Trish2
Other (each only appeared 1x)10

Favorite Multiplayer Investigators

People were asked to list their favorite investigator if they play the game multiplayer. 99 people responded to this question. Daisy Walker and Jenny Barnes were tied with 8 votes. Overall, 35 investigators received at least 1 vote as being someone’s favorite to play in the multiplayer or multi-handed format.

Daisy8
Jenny8
Sefina6
Diana5
Zoey5
Calvin4
Mandy4
Rex4
Silas4
Ursula4
Ashcan3
Carolyn3
Finn3
Patrice3
Wendy3
William3
Winifred3
Agnes2
Akachi2
Jim2
Mark2
Minh2
Rita2
Stella2
Tony2
Other (each only appeared 1x)10

It’s interesting to see Daisy’s appeal in multiplayer since she didn’t receive any votes as someone’s favorite investigator to play in solo. But, Jenny was near the top in both lists.

Favorite 2-Handed Team To Play.

The responses were quite varied to this question. That was probably to be expected since people were asked to list 2 investigators rather than 1. 50 people responded to this question and only 7 teams got more than 1 vote, while 30 teams got exactly 1 vote. The teams which got multiple votes were:

Rex & Zoey: 3
Silas & Winifred: 3
Ashcan & Zoey: 2
Joe & Roland: 2
Mark & Rex: 2
Roland & Wendy: 2
Sefina & William: 2

That being said, many investigators appeared as part of a team. Overall, 33 different investigators were listed in a favorite 2-handed team with Rex leading the way as the most popular member of a 2-handed team. 20 investigators appeared more than once on as a member of a favorite team, while 13 investigators only appeared once. The following chart shows how many times an investigator appeared as a member of a favorite 2-handed team.

Rex9
Roland8
Zoey8
Ursula7
Daisy6
Mark6
Silas6
Agnes5
Nathaniel4
Tony4
Carolyn3
Joe3
William3
Winifred3
Ashcan2
Calvin2
Jenny2
Norman2
Sefina2
Wendy2
Others (each only appeared 1x)13

Rankings

The Original Campaigns

Players were asked to rank the 6 complete, original campaigns from 1st to worst. 84 players gave complete responses. The assumption is that the people who didn’t give complete responses were players who haven’t tried all the campaigns yet. Considering a lot of people who responded to the survey didn’t start playing until the last year or two and some product is hard to find, that was expected.

The rankings were compiled using the Borda Count voting method which, for 6 choices, gives 6 points for each 1st place vote, 5 for each 2nd, and so on down to 1 point for each last place vote. The most points is the most popular.

The Path to Carcosa412
The Forgotten Age368
The Dream-Eaters289
The Circle Undone280
The Dunwich Legacy268
Night of the Zealot147

The Path to Carcosa ended up being the most popular campaign overall with the survey respondents. I’ve personally only been playing the game since this past summer and the popularity of Carcosa probably explains why I haven’t been able to track down the products for that campaign. Night of the Zealot (the original core campaign) was last. That wasn’t too surprising since it only consists of 3 scenarios.

The “Return To” Campaigns

Players were asked to rank the 4 “Return to” campaigns from 1st to worst. 79 players gave complete responses. 

The rankings were compiled using the Borda Count voting method which, for 4 choices, gives 4 points for each 1st place vote, 3 for each 2nd, and so on down to 1 point for each last place vote. The most points is the most popular.

Return to the Forgotten Age229
Return to The Dunwich Legacy206
Return to the Path to Carcosa198
Return to Night of the Zealot157

Perhaps it’s just natural for people to like things that have come out most recently, but Return to the Forgotten Age came in as the most popular “Return to” campaign. I’ve heard lots of people say Return to TFA fixed things that needed improvement from the original and I look forward to playing it when I get the chance.

The Stand Alone/Side Scenarios

Players were asked to rank the 5 Stand Alone/Side scenarios from 1st to worst. 66 players gave complete responses. Note: This survey was sent out before the release of War of the Outer Gods.

The rankings were compiled using the Borda Count voting method which, for 5 choices, gives 5 points for each 1st place vote, 4 for each 2nd, and so on down to 1 point for each last place vote. The most points is the most popular.

Murder at the Excelsior Hotel276
Carnevale of Horrors215
Curse of the Rougarou176
The Eternal Slumber175
The Night’s Usurper148

Murder at the Excelsior Hotel was the most popular by a fair amount in terms of points received.

The “Epic” Scenarios

Players were asked to vote on which of the 2 “Epic” scenarios they liked best. 74 players gave complete responses and “The Blob” was the clear favorite. Note: This survey was sent out before the release of War of the Outer Gods.

The Blob That Ate Everything: 58 (78.4%)
The Labyrinths of Lunacy: 16 (21.6%)

The Print-On-Demand Scenarios

Players were asked to vote on which of the 2 “Print-on-Demand” scenarios they liked best. 57 players gave complete responses and “All or Nothing” was the favorite. Note: This survey was sent out before the release of Bad Blood.

Read or Die: 33 (57.9%)
All or Nothing: 24 (42.1%)

The Books

Players were asked to vote on which of the 7 Arkham Horror LCG books they liked best. 28 players gave complete responses.

The rankings were compiled using the Borda Count voting method which, for 7 choices, gives 7 points for each 1st place vote, 6 for each 2nd, and so on down to 1 point for each last place vote. The most points is the most popular.

Hour of the Huntress123
The Deep Gate120
Ire of the Void117
Blood of Baalshandor114
The Dirge of Reason112
To Fight the Black Wind103
Dark Revelation95

The results were fairly close for the books with Hour of the Huntress taking top spot. 

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed seeing the results of the I Rebel Arkham Horror LCG survey. It was fun to investigate the data. Thanks to I Rebel for asking me to write this article and thanks for reading.

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