So I brought this up on the Jnet "chat" screen, but figured I'd want to get some other thoughts on "The State of the Game."
It seems recently that I often see at least 50 active games on Jinteki.Net--something I haven't seen in a long time; maybe ever?
Since I can't calculate for confirmation bias, my thinking is:
1. It just looks like more games are being played because I'm paying attention to that
2. There ARE more games being played because more people are coming back/learning to play ANR
3. Worlds is right around the corner so there is more testing on Jnet.
Most likely it's probably a convergence of a couple of things--though it also seems like I see a lot more folks on the chat screen saying things like, "I'm a new player looking for a game" or "noob here, I need some help with [xyz]."
All this to say, hopefully it's not me just having wishful thinking--if an increase of activity on ANR is an indicator for more interest in the game, then I'm pretty happy about that.