Well, the results are in. I asked how far people would want to travel to a game and the majority (55%) voted for up to an hour, with 38% not wanting to go further than half an hour.
I put myself in the hour category; I would consider an hour to get to work reasonable so why not an hour to get to a game. That would, however, have to be the outside limit.
(Of course, voters might have thought that the times were overall travel, there and back, in which case the whole thing shifts meaning)
For we Brits, another consideration is cost; we currently pay $1.76 per litre for fuel and so an hour's travel is not just time spent but a lot of money too.
When I was a lad, with no responsibilities, I could walk to the venue for our games. When members of our group got married and move further away, the drive to games was a half hour or so. Now, a game session might be an hour away and in terms of both money and time, that has to be accounted for. I wouldn't want to sign up to a campaign where I couldn't guarantee, for whatever reason, that I would be available each week/fortnight/whatever.
I think that the older we get, the more it seems that our hobby is not just a hobby any more, that we can indulge on a whim because we have no other demands on our time; lucky is he who has a group on his doorstep and a partner who is also a gamer. That, for me, would have been a most excellent Christmas present.
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