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Tabletop games remain the top category on Kickstarter, with 2020 being another record-breaking year. According to ICO Partners, games bringing in a staggering $236,629,466 in the last year, up 33% from 2019, which was also a record year. There were 3,163 funded games on the site in 2020. The good news for the industry is that while the number of successful games projects continues to rise (2,712 were funded in 2019), the number of failed campaigns has remained fairly stagnant—1,319 in 2020, compared to 1,297 in 2019. 70% of all game projects in 2020 were funded. Also, a majority of the funded games—1611—needed less than $10,000, so while the games that raise millions continue to get the headlines, most games are smaller affairs by smaller publishers.
Fans of Machi Koro will be happy at the news that, after a several-year absence, the game is returning to shelves at Target.
Classic CCG Warlord: Saga of the Storm turns 20 this year, and to celebrate AEG is releasing an all-new celebration pack that adds new cards to the game.
At their January preview event, Games Workshop announced that the new Warhammer Quest will feature vampires.
According to Boardgamegeek, MindWare Toys released a “collector’s edition” of Qwirkle at the end of last year. Schmidt Spiele plans to release this as a “10th-anniversary SdJ-winner” edition in September 2021.
Casual Game Revolution announced their game of the year: Calico, which you will remember was a GeekDad Game of the Year Finalist. GeekDad’s Jonathan Liu is one of the judges for this award.
Portal Games is making a licensed Dune game using their Detective system.
Hans-im-Glück will release a 20th Anniversary edition of Carcassonne this spring. The new version will feature specially-illustrated tiles with “detailed easter-eggs” and a sticker sheet of “costumes” for the game’s classic Meeples. Also included will be the mini-expansions “The River,” “The Abbot,” and a new “anniversary” expansion with 15 brand new tiles. As of now, Z-Man, the American publisher of the game, has yet to announce whether or not they will bring the anniversary edition to the US.
An anniversary edition that we do know is coming, however, is Ticket to Ride: Europe, celebrating 15 years on the market. Keep a lookout here on GeekDad for a detailed review of the game coming soon.
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