ICv2 released yesterday the results of its hobby game survey in Internal Correspondence #85, defined as games produced for the gamer market that are sold primarily through hobby- and card-specialty stores, inclusive of collectible, miniature, board, card, dice, and role-playing games. The net total: $700 million at retail.
The categories, broken down by game type from largest to smallest, are as follows:
- Card Games: $450 million -- Magic: The Gathering is showing weakness, but Pokemon and My Little Pony are making up the difference. Boss Monster and Adventure time are also selling out.
- Miniatures Games: $125 million -- Star Wars X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing lead the pack.
- Board Games: $75 million -- Board games continues to grow amongst both hardcore gamers and non-gamers.
- Card and Dice Games: $35 million -- Marvel Dice Masters is doing very well.
- Role-playing Games: $15 million -- Of noteworthy for Spring 2014 is that Dungeons & Dragons didn't even make the list.
- Pathfinder (Paizo Publishing)
- Star Wars (Fantasy Flight Games)
- Shadowrun (Catalyst Game Labs)
- Fate Core System (Evil Hat)
- Numenera (Monte Cook Games)
It's the first time D&D was missing from the Spring rankings since ICv2 began charting hobby game sales a dozen years ago. In the meantime, Pathfinder is picking up the slack. The next quarter will likely show a serious shakeup as the D&D hype machine gears up.