More Gamers Due to Gateway Games
Richard Bliss recently reported at the The Game Whisperer that over at Amazon the top 5 games sold for the week of October 26, 2010, include the “big three” gateway games – The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne.
I don’t follow these statistics very often, so it surprised me that these three games which are commonly used to introduce first-time board gamers to the hobby are still up there at the top.
If I hadn’t seen the list, I would have guessed some other games would have unseated them by now. Perhaps Agricola (listed at #14) or Puerto Rico (at #10) would have been two of my choices.
Apparently there are still plenty of people being introduced to modern board games who want to start with one or more of those “big three”.
While I kinda wish other games were the top sellers, I think this a good sign for the hobby. More people are being added to this niche hobby week after week.
Have you brought a friend or two into the hobby recently? If so, what was the first modern board game you played with him, her, or them?