From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
ICv2’s latest industry update is out and it’s official: the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 has failed to knock Star Wars X-Wing off its perch.
Here’s the new sales chart for the non-collectable miniatures category:
FFG’s other Star Wars games are gone – no Armada, no Imperial Assault – but X-Wing is still going strong. Given the turnover in this top 5 over the last couple of years I really wish they would expand this list to 10, but this is all we have to go on. The pre-undercoated lines of miniatures for popular RPGs continue to sell well too, keeping Age of Sigmar and Hordes out of the top 5 along with the previously mentioned games.
In RPGs there is a clear winner too:
D&D’s 5th edition has cemented its return to the top of the RPG charts – in the latter stages of 4th edition the game had disappeared entirely. Now it seems here to stay and 5th edition is a winning recipe that WotC will change at their peril. Starfinder enters the charts ahead of its fantasy cousin, surely one to watch for the future.
In board games we see a familiar name at the top:
Catan’s dominance continues, with Pandemic also doing well. Scythe may become a permanent top seller, but I’d like to see it in the top 10 for the third time to make sure of that. The crossover game Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate also makes an entrance.
Finally we have the card/dice games chart:
Codenames, the simple game made by the designer of the non-simple Mage Knight takes top place. Munchkin and Dominion continue to hold a top 10 positions years post-release. These easily expandable games can have a long shelf life if they become popular enough to sustain multiple expansions.
The next update should come in 6 months. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it.