For a while now, we’ve been curious about Subterfuge’s RETENTION. And yes, we puke in our mouths a little when we say that word. This is just a quick post about some numbers we ran yesterday out of curiosity.
First, we got a list of all players who have played a game of Subterfuge, along with how many games they’ve played. Here are the top 10 most “addicted” players:
Next, we wanted to see what percentage of players play only 1 game? How many stick around for 2? 5? 10? etc.
Here’s a graph to answer this:
No big surprises there, obviously. We’re guessing this is a pretty typical “retention curve”.
Being problem solvers, one of the thoughts that popped to mind was “how do we lose fewer players over time?”
We’re not going to go there, though. We know this is not a mass market game. Those who love it will happily stick around and those who don’t are better off not playing.
Our hope is that there are enough people out there who share our taste that we can keep working on this game. We have a long list of ideas we’d like to explore in this game if it makes financial sense to do so (which we will get a good sense for only after release).
Alors de gauche à droite, nous nous appelons Dimitri, Edson, Jean-Luc Pilaoukou et Jean-Pierre. Nous habitons à Saint Georges pour nos études mais nous sommes tous de Saint Laurent du Maroni, sauf Jean-Luc qui est de Camopi. Quand nous ne sommes pas à l'école à Saint Georges, certains d'entre nous travaillent en alternance à Régina et les autres à Matiti.
So from left to right, we’re Dimitri, Edson, Jean-Luc Pilaoukou and Jean-Pierre. We live in Saint Georges for our studies but we’re all from Saint Laurent du Maroni, except Jean-Luc who’s from Camopi. When we’re not at school in Saint Georges, some of us work part-time as apprentices in Régina and the other ones in Matiti.