Bestselling Games since 2007 (Top 100)

This is mostly for those data junkies out there.  One of the things I’ll be working on in the next few weeks is a series of lists of bestselling games for a variety of different players (family / 2-player / solo / Eurogames / etc.).  To do that, I needed to pull our bestselling games so I thought this might be amusing read for others.  Note that the way the backend handles orders is that it lists products based off their title, so games like Settlers of Catan which have been sold in multiple formats (Promo Packs, 4th Edition, pre-97 edition, 5th Edition) get short-changed in their rankings.

I’ve also included the % of revenue each particular product has generated for us.   These top 100 games consisted of 27.5% of all our revenues in these past 10 years.   It isn’t really a surprise – after all, we all know the 80/20 rule no?

Product % of sales Active
Ticket to Ride 0.99% Yes
Eclipse 0.78% Yes
Dominion 0.70% Yes
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game 0.63% Yes
Settlers of Catan 4th Edition 0.62% Yes
Electronic Gift Cards 0.59% Yes
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island 0.57% Yes
Pandemic (2013 Edition) 0.55% Yes
Small World 0.55% Yes
King of Tokyo 0.52% Yes
7 Wonders 0.49% Yes
Pandemic 0.47% Yes
Ticket to Ride Europe 0.45% Yes
Agricola 0.43% Yes
Star Wars: Imperial Assault 0.42% Yes
Dixit 0.40% Yes
Power Grid 0.40% Yes
Caverna: the Cave Farmers 0.37% Yes
Forbidden Island 0.35% Yes
Battlestar Galactica 0.35% Yes
Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set 0.33% Yes
Betrayal at House on the Hill 0.32% Yes
Stone Age 0.30% Yes
Takenoko 0.30% Yes
Sushi Go! 0.29% Yes
Carcassonne 0.29% Yes
Formula D 0.29% Yes
A Game of Thrones Board Game – 2nd Edition 0.28% Yes
Mansions of Madness (2nd Edition) 0.28% Yes
Twilight Struggle Deluxe Edition 0.28% Yes
Cosmic Encounter 0.28% Yes
Sheriff of Nottingham 0.27% Yes
Blood Rage 0.26% Yes
Codenames 0.26% Yes
Mage Knight Board Game 0.25% Yes
Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition 0.25% Yes
Settlers of Catan For 6 players (4th Edition) 0.25% Yes
Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Foil Pack 0.24% Borderline!
Citadels Card Game 0.24% Yes
Shadows Over Camelot 0.24% Yes
Star Wars X-Wing: Tantive IV 0.24% Yes
Dominant Species 0.24% Yes
Ghost Stories 0.24% Yes
Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary Edition 0.24% Yes
Warpaints: Mega Paint Set II (2013) 0.24% Yes
Mansions of Madness 0.23% Yes
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition 0.23% Yes
Puerto Rico 0.22% Yes
Settlers of Catan Seafarers Promotional Pack 0.22% Yes
Seafarers of Catan 4th Edition 0.22% Yes
Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition 0.22% Yes
Mysterium (English Version) 0.22% Yes
Arkham Horror 0.22% Yes
7 Wonders: Duel 0.22% Yes
Race for the Galaxy 0.22% Yes
Robo Rally 0.22% No
Scythe 0.22% Yes
Super Dungeon Explore 0.21% No
Survive: Escape from Atlantis 30th Anniversary Edition 0.21% Yes
Star Wars X-Wing: Millennium Falcon 0.21% Yes
Suburbia 0.20% Yes
Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game 0.20% Yes
Scythe – Base & Kickstarter Add-On Items 0.20% Yes
Takenoko Special Edition 0.19% Yes
Twilight Imperium and the Shattered Empire Package 0.19% Yes
Pandemic: On the Brink (2013 Edition) 0.19% Yes
Eldritch Horror 0.19% Yes
Castles of Burgundy 0.19% Yes
Wrath of Ashardalon Dungeons & Dragons Board Game 0.19% Yes
Dominion : Prosperity 0.18% Yes
War of the Ring Second Edition 0.18% No
Descent : Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition 0.18% Yes
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 0.18% Yes
Ticket to Ride USA Promotional Package 0.18% Yes
Carcassonne Big Box 3 0.18% Yes
Last Will 0.18% Yes
Star Wars: Armada Core Set 0.18% Yes
Memoir ’44 0.17% Yes
Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator Ship Expansion 0.17% Yes
Seasons 0.17% Yes
Risk: Legacy 0.17% Yes
Flash Point : Fire Rescue (2nd Edition) 0.17% Yes
The Complete Munchkin 0.17% Yes
Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game 0.17% No
Star Wars X-Wing: Lambda-class Shuttle 0.17% Yes
Cities and Knights of Catan 4th Edition 0.17% Yes
Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game 0.17% Yes
Dominion : Big Box Edition 0.17% Yes
Bohnanza 0.16% Yes
Bang! : the Bullet! 0.16% Yes
Zombicide 0.16% No
Smash Up 0.16% Yes
Forbidden Desert 0.16% Yes
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set 0.16% Yes
Star Wars X-Wing: Slave 1 0.16% Yes
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 0.16% Yes
D&D: Lords of Waterdeep 0.16% Yes
Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries 0.16% Yes
Dominion : Intrigue 0.16% Yes
Settlers of Catan 5+6 Player Expansion 4th Edition 0.16% Yes
Total 27.59%

Bestselling Games of 2015

Ugh. Just realised we’ve never updated the site with the bestsellers for 2015.





N SKU Product Name Percent
1 PHGDOW01 Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game 24%
2 GMW249 Sushi Go! 10%
3 AWGDTE01SN Sheriff of Nottingham 9%
4 GiftCardWeb Electronic Gift Cards 9%
5 ZMG71170 Pandemic: Legacy 9%
6 CGE00031 Codenames 8%
7 FFGSWM01 Star Wars: Armada Core Set 8%
8 ASUSMYST01 Mysterium (English Version) 8%
9 ZMG71100 Pandemic (2013 Edition) 8%
10 CGE00027 Alchemists 7%

Bestsellers since 2010

We decided to look at (dollar value wise) which board games since Jan 1, 2010 were our bestsellers.  Surprisingly, even across almost 6 years that we looked at, some of the bestsellers we’ve ever seen have continued to do well even over 6 years.
Top Ten Games List



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Note that with the way our software works, things like PandemicSettlers of Catan and Descent core set which have been updated don’t necessarily reflect the total sales.  Anyway, here’s the data in table format.

ZMG7021 Pandemic 14%
ASMSEVUS01 7 Wonders 11%
PHGDOW01 Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game 10%
RIO370 Dominion 10%
ASMECL01 Eclipse 10%
DOW7201 Ticket to Ride 10%
DOW7202 Ticket to Ride Europe 9%
MFG3061 Settlers of Catan 4th Edition 9%
ZMG7026 Agricola 9%
FFGVA11 Descent : Journeys in the Dark 9%

Spiel Des Jahres Nominees 2016

Spiel des JahresThe Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres juries have announced their nominations for the most prestigious awards for excellence in game design in the world, in terms of publicity and generated sales.  For those who don’t know, the Spiel des Jahres is one of the most prestigious board game awards in the world but it often trends towards ‘lighter’ family games especially in recent years.  To provide a more ‘gamer games’ award, the Kennerspiel des Jahres was created which is why you’ll find ‘heavier’ games in that list.

The nominees for the 2016 Spiel des Jahres, Germany’s “Game of the Year” award, are

  • Codenames designed by Vlaada Chvatil, and published by Czech Games.
  • Imhotep, designed by Phil Walker-Harding, and published by Thames & Kosmos.
  • Karuba , designed by Rudiger Dorn, and published by HABA.

Nominations for the Kennerspiel des Jahres are:

  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 designed by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau, and published by Z-Man Games. (By the way, there’s one more print run of this game before it goes OOP).
  • T.I.M.E. Stories  designed by Manuel Rozoy, and published by Asmodee & Space Cowboys.
  • Isle of Sky: From Chieftain to King  designed by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister, and published by Mayfair Games & Lookout Games.

Top 10 Games of 2015

Starlit Citadel’s Top 10 Games list of 2015 is now up.   As always, it’s a list of great games that are releasing (or have released) that we think most gamers will love. It’s a pretty broad range this year, with a few games currently out of stock though we expect there to be restocks for most of them before XMas.

As always, it’s worth noting that the Top 10 list is based off sales on in the site and some personal tastes in the company.  This is not the Top games list by Kaja & Joanna of the video review, they’ll be filming that list at the end of the month and it should be listed before the end of the year.

Top 10 Bestsellers of May 2015

1 Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
2 Mysterium (Tajemnicze Domostwo Polish Version)
3 King of Tokyo
4 Star Wars: Armada – Gladiator-class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack
5 Star Wars: Armada Core Set
6 Sushi Go!
7 Specter Ops
8 Star Wars: Armada – Assault Frigate Mark II Expansion Pack
9 Imperial Settlers
10 Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective


So, just a quick update for those curious. Bestselling products for the XMas Season so far include:

Sushi Go!
Sheriff of Nottingham
Machi Koro
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
Tempest: Love Letter
King of Tokyo
King of New York
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Forbidden Island
One Night: Ultimate Werewolf
Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set
Pandemic (2013 Edition)
The Resistance 2nd Edition
Forbidden Desert
Settlers of Catan 4th Edition
Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator Ship Expansion

To note, I deleted the Dice Masters Foil Packs and other individual booster packs for Magic as well as sleeves, otherwise the entire list would be dominated by these products.

It’s interesing that the difference between Sushi Go! at the top and the Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator Ship Expansion at the bottom is nearly 4 times. Of course, Sushi Go is comparatively cheaper, but there’s a steep curve going on here.

Of course, a lot of this has to do with timing as well.  If you check the automated Bestsellers list which pulls from the last 30 days, it’s got Takenoko and the VT-49 Decimator much higher, mostly due to when the products came back into stock.  Other items, like the One Night game might have sold more if we had more copies, but just couldn’t get enough stock in (ditto with Sheriff of Nottingham now since we are now out of stock).

Bestsellers for Q1 & Q2 2014

Thought it might be of interest to everyone. Based of quantity of units sold, here’s out Top 25 Bestselling Items in Canada.

1 Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Foil Pack
2 Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men Foil Pack
3 Ultra PRO 9-Pocket Side Loading Page
4 Fantasy Flight Standard Card Sleeves
5 Ultra-Snug “Almost a Penny” Card Sleeves
6 Ultra PRO 9-Pocket Page for Standard Size Cards
7 Standard Card Sleeves – 63.5 mm x 88 mm
8 Standard European Card Sleeves
9 Premium Standard Card Sleeves – 63.5 mm x 88 mm
10 Star Wars X-Wing: Y-Wing
11 Tempest: Love Letter
12 Hanabi
13 Ultra Pro Penny Sleeves
14 Star Wars X-Wing: B-Wing
15 Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers VS X-Men Dice Building Game Starter Set
16 Star Wars X-Wing: Z-95 Headhunter
17 Fantasy Flight Standard American Board Game Sleeves
18 Pandemic (2013 Edition)
19 Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Advanced
20 Premium USA Card Sleeves
21 Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Defender
22 Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Phantom
23 Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set
24 Star Wars X-Wing: Imperial Aces
25 Star Wars X-Wing: A-Wing