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Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Wired, always on the cutting end of trends…

… discovers Settlers of Catan. Interesting article, mainly for unit numbers and a few anecdotes and the fact that I can apply to be a professor of boardgames at Curtin University of Technology in Perth. (To be fair, its taken me two months to notice this article).

Among the facts given:

  • Rio Grande games sold over half a million units last year (of all titles), and claims growth of 30-35%.
  • Settlers has sold 15 million copies so far.
  • Settlers sold 600k copies in the US last year, up from 450k.

I dispute, however, the statement that the Settlers of Catan novel is “a must have for [siedlers] legion of fans.”

[H/T] Newmark’s Door


Written by taogaming

May 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm

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  1. All in all, the article is fairly well researched. It has most of it’s facts straight, and speaks well about it’s subject matter. I’ve actually talked to several people who had read the article and were thinking of ordering the game. Since Wired is aimed at a pretty geeky crowd anyway, I reckon that most readers who try will enjoy – it’s a good demographic to hit. Hopefully good for the hobby!


    May 26, 2009 at 10:09 am

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