Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Top Board Games

From the Ministry of Useless Information comes my list of our top selling board games for the season (last 30 days). I placed the Chronicle article games in blue, which shows they haven't had a huge influence on the list. Most sold modestly before the article came out, with Dominion being the only clear hit. The top two strategy games from the article are already gone but will arrive on Friday (Agricola and Stone Age).

  1. Settlers of Catan
  2. Battlestar Galactica Boardgame
  3. Dominion
  4. Wasabi! (reviewed in Chronicle poorly)
  5. Monty Python Fluxx
  6. Axis & Allies Anniversary Ed
  7. Witch's Brew
  8. Qwirkle
  9. Ticket to Ride
  10. Power Grid
  11. Carcassonne
  12. Munchkin
  13. Blokus
  14. Killer Bunnies Blue SD
  15. Hey! That's My Fish!
  16. Citadels
  17. Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion
  18. Fluxx - New Edition 3.1
  19. Ticket to Ride Europe
  20. Apples to Apples
  21. GiftTrap
  22. Ticket To Ride Card Game
  23. Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player
  24. Carcassonne: Cult, Siege, & Cr
  25. Munchkin Quest Boardgame
  26. Hey That's My Fish Deluxe
  27. Ghost Stories
  28. Cosmic Encounter
  29. Wits & Wagers
  30. Origin of Expressions
Games that should be up higher on the list:

Power Grid: It's been out of stock for a week now, but arrives on Friday. It's my favorite "advanced" holiday board game, meaning if you're an experienced board gamer, I think you should try it.
Agricola: It's been out of stock and has been sitting at the distributors warehouse since Monday. Z-Man has a Friday street date for the re-release (frustrating). It's the top game on the SF Chronicle strategy games list.
Stone Age: Also out of stock lately, with a small quantity arriving Friday. It's the number two strategy game on the Chronicle list.

Games that are now out of stock and will soon run out for the holidays:

Wasabi!: This is my new favorite starter game, despite personally not caring for it.
Witch's Brew: We've got a few coming on Friday, but they'll run out within a day.
Hey That's My Fish: Is out of print and our existing stock is all there is.
Fluxx: Is out of print as they prepare a version 4.
Qwirkle: Is in limited quantities at the distributors but we may make it.


  1. Gary, Fluxx 4.0 is available and has been for a week. You should be able to get it with no problems. Also, have you looked into Hey That's My Fish! Deluxe edition? It might be a good hold over if people are still interested in the game. 'Spensive, though.

  2. Thanks Darren,

    I'll check on the new Fluxx.

    I've still got half a dozen regular $25 Fish versions that should last me. I can't believe they let that one go out of print. It's a slam dunk at $25 but a much harder sell at the higher price.

  3. Also, have you looked into Hey That's My Fish! Deluxe edition?

    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.