HooCairs wrote: Looking at the participation around 2014, 2016 and 2018 in general and around the Summer Fiesta events in particular, this year looks pretty weak when comparing the numbers.
I used to join all of these events. I used to. I also used to get pretty frustrated seeing that so many of these events require a lot of hours of play to do well. I understand that they are designed to get people to put in more hours, I just don't have the free time that a lot of the usual higher placing entrants do. So that discouraged me from even clicking to enter & even less interest to click on the corresponding thread.
InstinctiveArcher wrote:I'm going to remain ignorantly optimistic and say that this game will pull through and continue on.
InstinctiveArcher wrote: Also, there is a decline IRL of young people who hunt
Sadly, that is a true statement.
.....followed by great advice.
InstinctiveArcher wrote:Promote hunting! Teach kids about to! Take them out and help them get started! It will benefit everyone in the long run!
As for my own absence from the game &/or the forums...? I visit the forums almost everyday. I lurk a couple of threads in "my posts" (I always have to look over the new rares) and once or twice a week I check out the "new threads". So far, 6 & a half days into the month I have hunted about 8 hours. That was boosted a lot by a long hunt last night. 55-65 hours a week at work have me far too tired to eat supper much less play a game.
These threads that turn into the "gloom & doom" type are always depressing to those of us who have a lot of cash invested, heck they are just depressing to anyone who reads them. It's always pointed out that it's a "niche" game and that alone hurts it. Then, lets add in the fact that the whole "hunting" lifestyle is dwindling & under constant scrutiny (because of the whole "guns are bad" thing) and the future isn't good for ANYTHING "hunting" related.
It shouldn't have to take a new reserve every year for the game to survive. But there does need to be advancements. What kind of advancements?.... that's where a marketing team comes in. Someone mentioned advertising..... I have never understood why this game has shied away from that 100%. Even something easy, like go into another hunting related forum (Archerytalk comes to mind) and give away a membership to any nonmember who tags the biggest Mule deer within a week. What do you lose on a transaction like that? The cost of a membership. What do you gain? You'll never know unless you try it.