NOW THAT'D TAKE SOME FIGURING. HOW MANY MEN DO YOU THINK THERE'VE BEEN?

As editor of The Games Journal, I'm always more than a little curious about the number of people actually reading every month. We do have tracking software running but it's always a little difficult to exactly determine how many readers the numbers represent.

There are currently about 700 people on our subscription list who choose to be e-mailed whenever a new issue is posted. (This is almost always the first of each month. However, I have a little confession to make I purposely waited a few days to post last month's issue. I wanted to see how many hits we would get prior to my posting new content. This was so that I'd get some idea of the number of people who check the site at the beginning of the month without having seen a reference to it via one of the announcements I make.) What percentage of the total these 700 people represent is hard to guess. We currently receive about 14,000 "visits" a month, a visit being a series of requests for files originating from a single IP over a short period of time. Presumably this translates to a single person checking out the site.

Of course, this doesn't mean we have 14,000 readers though as many of these will be automated "spiders" or "bots" and even those that are real people will visit the site several times each month further clouding the numbers. I suspect that there are on order of three or four thousand individuals readers each month and the most encouraging thing is that the numbers appear to be growing.

For everyone who contributes content, this is very welcome and so I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who drops by to see what's new.

-Greg Aleknevicus

I'm always a little leery of new publishers, especially if I've never heard of the people involved. There are lots of little tricks and concerns about releasing a polished product that only experience can teach. So I was pleasantly surprised to receive the first releases of Days of Wonder. The production and support of these two games (Gang of Four is the second release) is most impressive and they're a company that I'll be keeping an eye on.

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