From: King's Landing
What's to say that those that do play boardgames online don't also play FTF? I know that I do.
Because every Friday I hold a boardgaming party at my house, and for approx the last 15 years not one person has shown up!!
With your baseball analogy, I think that we can agree that watching it live at the game is the much better experience, however not everybody has a ballpark near them (nor opponents near them for boardgaming) and for some, they'd rather not mess with the crowds, expensive ticket prices, etc., just like some boardgamers would rather not mess with the drive, or meeting new people to play against, etc.
Thats about why Vassal and the like don't work for me. I guess I prefer the extremes. Either a full blown PC Experience with rules enforcement etc or might as well be Face to Face
And quite to the contrary, I think that FTF boardgaming is making a nice resurgence.
Not in Chicago...and 10 Bazillian people live here...