We just posted the best-selling board games of 2010 on our site. It’s an interesting list of games, with the usual suspects dominating the list – Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan& Citadels. It’s also interesting to note the continuing interest of what I believe will be modern classics – Pandemic, Dominion & Agricola.
Of the three; I feel Pandemic might be most at risk from it’s close (and cheaper) cousin Forbidden Island. Still, if we look at the number of actual games sold; Agricola might be most at risk – we actually sold less this year than last year (by 2 games); so it might be an indication of a down-trend. Certainly, every other Top 10 evergreen game sold more for us this year.
You might be wondering; where’s Carcassonne? The first sighting of the game is No. 23 on our list. Quite a drop; though it should be noted that the number of games we actually sold went up. In addition; if you include the Carcassonne Big Box 2 and Carcassonne Big Box 3 in the sales total, the game would definitely be in our Top 10. In many ways, the release of the Big Box’s seem to have upsold more customers to those Big Boxes.
When you look at our Top 10 releases of 2010; you realise that the last 3 games released (the Big Box 3, Dominant Species & 7 Wonders) all went out of print very fast. In fact, we couldn’t get enough copies of any of them in. So, the full sales potential of those games is unknown – we’ll certainly see more of them this year I’m sure.
Contest Winner Announcement
This month’s winner is Chris Morris with his review of The Art of War.
The monthly review contest is continuing this month and the winner of each monthly review contest will receive a $20 gift certificate. In addition, the winner is enterred into end of the year draw for the Grand Prize of $250 of board games! So start writing your reviews now, since every review is an individual entry into the monthly contest.
We’ve added some new categories to the site to make it more convenient to browse and also added information on the category pages to indicate how quickly orders normally ship.
Lastly, we’ll be at GottaCon Feb 5- 7, 2010 so we will not be shipping on Friday and will be slow to answer queries over the weekend. If you’re at Gottacon, make sure to drop by and say hi!
Tons of great games have arrived, so only a few new games expected this month including Mecanisburgo, Days of Steam and Pressure Matrix .
We expect the next few months to be pretty quiet in terms of big name games, though a ton of reprints should be arriving later on in this quarter.
Lots of new games added to the pre-order section of the website including games released in Essen. Worthwhile noting is:
Agricola : Farmers on the Moor
A Brief History of the World
We’ve also got a ton of new Ravensburger board games as well. We’re still awaiting further word on Stronghold.
As mentioned in our previous posts, due to the huge fall in the exchange rates, we have had to finally acknowledge that we are not getting our games at parity any longer. We have now increased prices for all our games. New prices are reflected on the site.
Also, we just got in our latest order from our US distributors including:
4 copies of Agricola
A Touch of Evil : the Supernatural Game
New World : A Carcassonne Game
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
Last Night on Earth
and a lot more at our board games stock information page .
Well, we just put in another order for some new stock. As usual, it’s always interesting figuring out what we need to order and what we don’t. We do however expect in some great games next week including:
– Galaxy Trucker
– Red Dragon Inn 2
–Hannibal : Rome vs Carthage
– A Touch of Evil
– New World : A Carcassonne Game
and what has me personally excited:
– the Chibithulhu Plush
We just restocked everything we had from VCon into the system, including a couple of new board games that we had come in during the weekend.
No major changes in stock, just a lot more of the best sellers that we have. We expect to put another order through for some new stock that has arrived at our distributors within the next couple of days as well.