Top Trending 2020 Board Games - Best Climbers of May Week 3
Since you asked for it, here's more content around data I dug up from our google analytics!
This will be a weekly post where I present 10 games that have climbed the most in rankings based on number of views. The list is limited to games that have placed within the top 100, and I am leaving out expansions (such as ones from #Marvel Champions: The Card Game or #Arkham Horror: The Card Game) and games that were promoted on our social media for deal alerts. Whenever possible, I will also explain the possible reasoning behind the climb. Enjoy!
10. #Architects of the West Kingdom (Rank #77) - Climbed +75
You'll quickly notice a pattern in this list, and it's Garphill Games and Spiel des Jahres 2020. The Kennerspiel des Jahres (Connoisseur-Enthusiast Game of the Year) nominees were announced on the 18th of this month, and these annual announcements tend to bring spotlight onto past winners/nominees/recommended games as well. Architects was a "recommended" game from 2019.
9. #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (Rank #44) - Climbed +79
2013 Kennerspiel des Jahres recommended. It's quite far back though, so I'm not sure if there might have been other reasons. This has been on my wishlist but just hasn't made it to the short list for the longest time. Hopefully next year!
8. #On Mars (Rank #75) - Climbed +101
Hmm I have no idea about this one. It's a heavy weight game and these tend to be swingy in traction when analyzing the traffic on a weekly basis.
7. #Raiders of the North Sea (Rank #69) - Climbed +109
2017 Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee. Not only this, Raiders of the North likely received additional traffic as a result of the attention on #Raiders of Scythia at the moment.
6. #Paladins of the West Kingdom (Rank #39) - Climbed +145
2020 Kennerspiel des Jahres recommended. It's incredible that Paladins, Architects, and Raiders have all been nominated or recommended.
5. #Twilight Struggle (Rank #87) - Climbed +148
No idea about this one. My best guess would be that it placed on a well known content creator's top 10 of sorts. Shut Up & Sit Down also recently reviewed #Watergate, which seems to remind people of #Twilight Struggle, but I think that would be quite a stretch of imagination. I tried looking up some keywords around this game on YouTube, and I ran into this video by a non-board game related YouTuber with 500K+ followers who recently played Twilight Struggle on TTS. This also seems like a stretch though.
4. #Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (Rank #80) - Climbed +176
I believe there's an expansion that's been released featuring new leaders. There have been issues with the physical copies due to misprinting I believe but this content has been incorporated on the app. Meanwhile, designer Vlaada recently began a series of designer's notes on Czech Games Edition's blog.
3. #Rallyman: GT (Rank #70) - Climbed +184
I saw a post on r/boardgames that this game has been added onto Board Game Arena. Perhaps people are trying it out and wanting to purchase?
2. #Nova Luna (Rank #12) - Climbed +445
2020 Spiel des Jahres nominee with Uwe Rosenberg's name tag. I wanted to get this so that @trentellingsen can review it but it's already sold out in many of the stores. It will be in stock again on Amazon on June 3rd but with a price tag of ~$10 more than usual. Should I go for it? (I already ordered #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale so that Trent can review it for all of us).
1. #My City (Rank #24) - Climbed +546
2020 Spiel des Jahres nominee with Reiner Knizia's name tag! Tile placement game that's quite a looker as well.