From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
I almost missed ICv2’s March industry update, which was news of an overall positive 2019. The events of 2020 means this certainly can’t be repeated.
However the hobby market grew 5% in a year described as “tough”. I wonder what word they will use to describe 2020. My guess is: nothing longer than 4 letters.
I miniatures, Age of Sigmar has solidified its second place to Warhammer 40,000. It’s not that long since Start Wars X-Wing was top and Age of Sigmar was not even in the top 5. Games Workshop have turned things around remarkably, and hopefully this pays off for them in the months to come.
Games suited to indoor play should be seeing a boost – certainly all the games on this list are better for household harmony than Risk or Monopoly!
I played my first game of Wingspan, and borrowed a copy from my local games club. With the games club shuttered for the time being, I will have the chance to place this fun game more times. Even our 11-year-old got into the game and developed strategies on her first play through.
Both Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons are top dog in their respective categories:
In fairness, Magic: the Gathering becomes #2 to Pokemon when you include mass market sales on top of those through hobby stores.
Normally in these articles I like to point to broad trends and maybe spend a few sentences talking about where I think things might be going.
It won’t just be games stores which are hard hit this year. Many of the smaller publishers you see on the lists above may not be with us in 2021. I don’t like to be a doomsayer, but I think that in a year these charts will look quite different.
The larger companies will be okay, as will those who have multiple channels to market and aren’t entirely reliant on hobby stores. Other games may be absent because they are now out of production, and not because they aren’t popular but because some of these publishers, like hobby stores, aren’t going to make it through.
That’s a sad note to end on. But it’s all I have right now. Stay well, everyone. Look after yourselves, and those around you.