Unsurprisingly the re-poll didn’t pull the voters that the initial poll did. People vote heavily when something is new and shiny. However, it wasn’t a terrible turn-out so let’s see how people feel now that 6th has been on the shelves for a while compared to when it first released.
First up, the original poll weeks after 6th hit.
What's your initial thoughts of 40K's 6th edition?
I won't play it (5%, 5 Votes)
I'll play but I don't care for it (3%, 3 Votes)
It's OK (12%, 13 Votes)
I like it (49%, 51 Votes)
Best edition yet (31%, 33 Votes)
Total Voters: 105
Then the re-poll.
What do you think about 6th edition 40K? (Re-poll)
I don't play it (8%, 5 Votes)
I play but I don't care for it (10%, 6 Votes)
It's OK (5%, 3 Votes)
I like it (34%, 20 Votes)
Best edition yet (43%, 25 Votes)
Total Voters: 59
Let’s start from the top down.
When it first released there were 5% who said they wouldn’t play it compared to 8% now he do not play it. Again, without a comparable voter pool on both polls it’s hard to make direct comparisons but it would seem those who had no intent on playing have stuck to that.
Initially 3% had said they would play 6th but that they didn’t care for it. Compare that to now where 10% say the same. Not a big change in results but some people did not take to this edition. It seems every edition this happens. Some people just don’t care for it for one reason or another but their friends still play so they continue on for the social element.
12% Said it’s OK when the poll first went up and now 5% say it’s OK. That’s a reasonable difference but not huge. People seem to love or hate something as a general rule and the OK vote lends merit to that. The difference between before and now has been shifted a bit into the prior negative responses mostly (by my guess anyway), with some going positive.
Out the gates there were 49% who liked 6th edition compared to now with 34%. That’s a pretty significant difference but the reason for it becomes apparent in the last vote. Still, even at 34% now who like 6th edition that’s way beyond the less favorable votes. Even if you factor in the OK votes with the negative ones, that’s still only 23% compared to the lowest positive response of 34%.
The final response. At first 31% of the voters claimed it was the best edition yet. Now, 43% say the same. One would guess some of those OK votes from before went here as well as those who liked it. This is why I like doing these re-polls. You always initially get knee-jerk reactions but as time goes on people see something for what it is, not what they think it will be. So, overall this gives 6th edition a positive response of 77%, which I think is pretty damn impressive. Originally, first poll, 80% gave positive responses, so it is down 3% but more of those positive votes this time went into the vote for best edition. To which I’d conclude that those who stuck with 6th edition have come to love it.
I began playing Warhammer 40K in 2006 and have been an avid player and hobbyist since then. Blood Bowl is also a favorite of mine though I rarely get to play it. Blogging has become my outlet for all those random thoughts regarding the games I play.