ICE COOL Tournament

So it did happen ! Last week - on April 19 - took place the first ICE COOL tournament of the Boardgame Monkeys, sponsored by Atalia a French distributor who's providing quality games for our hobby pleasure ! We received several boxes and a customized trophy for this occasion. Ice Cool is produced by Brain... Continue Reading →

Discovery of Urbion

Having very much enjoyed Onirim (second edition) and Sylvion previously I was pleased to try out Urbion the other evening. Unfortunately this trip into the dream world wasn't as rewarding as my others.... In Urbion you are trying to achieve balance in each of the cities. These four (of twelve total) cards in the middle... Continue Reading →

Gamer fatigue and the growth of the hobby

Formal Ferret Games

In a recent episode of Breaking Into Board Games, we discussed our predictions about 2017. One of my predictions was that we would start seeing a cap on attendance at larger conventions. I wanted to continue on that subject with a wider lens, looking at a possible scenario we may be facing in the coming years.

The board game industry is growing at an explosive rate (revenue from hobby board games grew 56% from 2014 to 2015; I’d expect similar numbers when the numbers come in for 2016), and I’ve heard a few pundits indicate that there’s no end in sight. As an independent board game designer/publisher, I certainly hope that’s the case.

But I always try to plan for contingencies, and part of that is planning for the possibility that this explosive growth slows, stops, or even reverses.

To be honest, I would expect the hobby to continue…

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