Top 10 Most Popular Board Games of Last Week (12/13-12/19)
Here are the top 10 most popular games of the past week (numbers in the parentheses indicate % change in visits with respect to the previous week).
Now that it's been 2 weeks since fully migrating over boardgameprices.com users, traffic patterns are finally starting to settle down so that the numbers aren't so all over the place. If you want to see current top trending games on a regularly basis, make sure to visit the Trending page which updates every hour.
1. #Root (-19.7%)
One of these days, I should dive into our google analytics and see what percentage of people are organically searching for Root vs. checking it out because it's currently the #1 game on our Popular games list. One of my favorites.
2. #Lost Ruins of Arnak (-8.6%)
Deck-building + worker placement is getting quite the traction toward the end of 2020, with this and #Dune: Imperium. Anyone interested in this?
3. #Dwellings of Eldervale (+596.8%)
An epic worker placement fantasy game that came in at $543K on Kickstarter. Fulfillment recently began so it's getting a lot of attention at the moment.
4. #Dune: Imperium (+117.1%)
I had low expectations when I first saw the announcement. It just looked "okay" and nothing about it piqued my interest. But that changed once I saw a Dice Tower playthrough video, which made it seem like my type of game with its nice blend of worker placement, deck-building, and conflict between players.
5. #Everdell (-32.7%)
Still one of the most beautifully produced games around. It's one of those games that I was on the edge about getting for the longest time. Eventually, I took it out of my wishlist because I was in pursuit of games that are very different from the ones I already own. Plus, my wife and I prefer more interaction between players.
6. #Wingspan (-16.7%)
Everything I said above applies to thing one, really. The only difference is that I've played Wingspan several times already. Great game!
7. #Brass: Birmingham (-17.4%)
This belongs in my Top 5 games I want to introduce to my wife. What I love the most is the high level of player interaction for a "euro" game and how the "map" feels tight even at 2 player count.
8. #Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (-40.1%)
This is often compared with TI4 because it supposedly gives that epic feeling but at a fraction of the time. I've been checking out playthrough videos wondering if my wife and I will love this. No verdict yet.
9. #Beyond the Sun (+103.2%)
This has been getting a ton of praise from the Dice Tower. Has anyone tried yet?
10. #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (-22.0%)
Last but not list, Jaws of the Lion. Probably the most influential game released in 2020, considering its Target exclusive release and its focus on accessibility. One of the best examples of "handholding" in rulebooks I've seen for a game of this complexity.