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Monday, December 29, 2014

Year 2014 Wrap-Up: DSG Best-Sellers - Board Games

Greetings everyone!

Over the final week of 2014, I'll be sharing our top sellers at DSG over various categories.  Today, we'll address board games and RPGs!  The "board games" category includes non-collectible card games such as the Fantasy Flight LCGs.  RPGs is mainly only products directly sold as roleplaying material, including map packs and tile sets (if any of them had made the top ten, which none did), but omitting dice and miniatures.

These lists go by total revenue.  It's possible to do a unit count list with considerable report massaging, but most of the list is the same -- only a few SKUs, such as Love Letter, jump higher if you go by raw quantity.

Board Games, December Only:
  1. Cards Against Humanity Base Set
  2. Warhammer 40K Conquest LCG Core Set
  3. Netrunner LCG The Source data pack
  4. Ticket to Ride
  5. King of New York
  6. DC Comics Forever Evil deckbuilding game
  7. DC Comics Heroes Unite deckbuilding game
  8. Pandemic 2013 Edition
  9. Catan: Ancient Egypt
  10. Love Letter Boxed Edition
Interestingly, none of these were close calls.  Even with considerable business over the final few days of the month, none are likely to change spots even if we sell out of our stock of them.  The demand levels are that cleanly defined.

Board Games, All of 2014:
  1. Cards Against Humanity Base Set
  2. Warhammer 40K Conquest LCG Core Set
  3. Netrunner LCG Honor and Profit
  4. Ticket to Ride
  5. Cards Against Humanity First Expansion
  6. Android Netrunner LCG Core Set
  7. Small World
  8. Cards Against Humanity Second Expansion
  9. Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs Jake
  10. DC Comics deckbuilding game
Our list mirrors that of the industry overall, which I take to mean we are doing things consistently with the best practices of most full-spectrum game stores.  Other than not (yet) carrying paintable miniatures such as Games Workshop products, and not having much in the way of mainstream classic games, I'd say we're following that blueprint faithfully.

The situation is much more skewed in one direction when you look at RPGs.  We don't even have a proper Top Ten, because after the top five SKUs the sales trickle into the single units.

Role-Playing Games, December Only:

  1. D&D Next 5th Dungeon Master's Guide
  2. D&D Next 5th Players' Handbook
  3. D&D Next 5th Starter Set
  4. D&D Next 5th Hoard of the Dragon Queen
  5. D&D Map Pack: Vaults of the Underdark

Role-Playing Games: All of 2014:

  1. D&D Next 5th Players' Handbook
  2. D&D Next 5th Dungeon Master's Guide
  3. D&D Next 5th Monster Manual
  4. D&D Next 5th Starter Set
  5. D&D 4E Players' Handbook
  6. D&D Next 5th The Rise of Tiamat
  7. Pathfinder Beginner BLUE Box
  8. D&D Next 5th Hoard of the Dragon Queen
  9. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rules

I expanded that list until two non-D&D products appeared, and those were the two highest.  The next seven entries were all D&D SKUs.  Players' Handbook 5E sold in higher total volume than the rest of that list combined.  Pathfinder honestly may as well not exist right now, which is staggering when you consider it had legitimately overcome D&D in sales volume industrywide as recently as last year.

So there you have it!  Board games and RPGs, with more categories to come tomorrow!

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