Here are the top 10 most popular board games of the week based on the number of visits to the game page! Note that overall traffic was lower this week so most of the negative trends under 5-10% could be attributed to that, rather than a shift in the game's popularity.
1. #Sleeping Gods (-9.5%)
Red Raven Games is producing one hit after another these days, and developing a tight knit group of fans around their story driven games. Sleeping Gods was their biggest hit on Kickstarter and pulled in $1.1M. Fulfillment (and subsequent flurry of positive reviews) came out starting 2-3 weeks ago, and it's calmed down a bit since then.
2. #Lost Ruins of Arnak (-22.4%)
Lost Ruins is still going strong despite the drop. This game is often compared with #Dune: Imperium because they both utilize deck-building and worker placement. While Dune Imperium followed a similar trend as Lost Ruins and remained toe-to-toe in traffic for the first 2-3 months, it is now getting about 40-50% less traffic.
3. #Root (-35.0%)
Root came in strong 1-2 weeks ago when #Root: The Marauder Expansion launched on Kickstarter. Things are calming down now. Have you backed the campaign? (I still need to!)
4. #Everdell (-8.8%)
5. #Calico (+7.0%)
The general consensus around this cute game about cats and quilts seems to be that it's simple but surprisingly deep. There's definitely substance behind what could look like all aesthetics and cat appeal :D
6. #Wingspan (-18.9%)
It's actually been a while since Wingspan got into the Top 10. It was the reigning king for more than a year after its release, but now it's "only" within Top 15 consistently.
7. #Great Western Trail (+191.1%)
In case you aren't aware, the popular Alexandar Pfister game is getting a second edition. Since then, it got on our Deals page after seeing a major price drop that caused that peak shown above. How do you feel about the new art style?
8. #Dune: Imperium (-18.0%)
As I mentioned, Dune Imperium is still going strong but always remains a few steps below Lost Ruins in popularity. In general though, I've seen more praise for this game among reviewers and regular folks. Do you think this could be due to
9. #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (+243.5%)
Jaws of the Lion has been cited by many reviewers as one of the most influential/important games to come out in the past few years. Similar to GWT, there was a spike in traffic due to a price drop.
10. #Red Rising (+862.5%)
I assumed this trend is tied with recent releases in review content, but that's not the case. The most influential voices in the hobby put out their content 2-3 weeks ago and interestingly, this had little to zero effect in making people search for the game here. This is very unusual for a Stonemaier Games release. Most of their games usually see a big spike in traffic starting from the release of the official trailer, followed up by design diaries, preorder launch, and review content all within about a month. What do you think could be the reason for this?
So what caused the spike? Stonemaier Games is one of the stores listed on our game page. It's listed at $50. Since then, Game Nerdz and @Miniature Market got the game in stock and listed at around $30. This bumped up the game to our "New Low Prices" section on the Deals page and gave it more traction.
Which of these trends stuck out to you the most? Are there some games you've been seeing that are trending among the different communities out there?