Families Driving the Resurgence in Board Games

A real resurgence of interest in board and card games in the UK

Mark Rivera of  Board Games in Blighty (a fellow games blogger) recently interviewed Michelle Davis, one of the three founders of the Cardiff based bricks and mortar shop Rules of Play.  One of her comments was particularly interesting given my own thoughts on this subject.

"From talking to our customers, it seems that there is a real resurgence of interest in board and card games in the UK – particularly driven by families. They appreciate the opportunities that gaming as a family bring – with younger kids it’s about having fun as a family and also picking up valuable social skills – negotiation, how to lose gracefully, how to take turns and so forth. There are some great games out there which different ages can relate to in different ways – with even the most surly teenagers happily getting involved, which is great to be part of!"

The full interview can be read here

These positive comments are supported by a 10% growth in games sales in the 4th Qtr of 2010 as reported in the  ICv2's data reported here with the top 10 board and card games for Q4 2010 being:
  1. Settlers of Catan
  2. Ticket to Ride
  3. Small World
  4. Munchkin
  5. Dominion
  6. Dixit
  7. Axis & Allies
  8. Carcassonne
  9. Pandemic
  10. Forbidden Island

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