Board Games: On The Rise

Nick Wingfield at the NYTimes.com:

While the video game business long ago eclipsed its low-tech cousin, sales of tabletop games have continued to grow. Sales at hobby stores in the United States rose 15 to 20 percent in each of the last three years, according to ICv2, a trade publication that tracks the business. Amazon says board game sales increased by a double-digit percentage from 2012 to 2013.

On Kickstarter, the crowdfunding service, in which users can pledge money to finance projects, the amount raised last year for tabletop games exceeded the amount for video games, $52.1 million to $45.3 million.

So many great games out there now. Big rowdy crowd-pleasers like Cards Against Humanity, army-based wargames like Small World, deceptive trust-nobody group games like The Resistance, or tactical empire building like Settlers of Catan and so many others.

Last year I thought perhaps it was just my group of friends, but I think board games are back in vogue again. It’s a great time to be a player.

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