Geekboard Top 20 - August 2008
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Here are the top games added to users' collections during August. As before, I'll often used the term "games sold" when I really just mean that they were added to collections on the Geek database.

In some cases a game may show up as "new" because it was missing in the original, hand-made database I created. This should be smoother going forward. A game would also be "new" if it wasn't in the top 1000 last month.

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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Last month rank: 1
1,962 added
3,768 total

Was this a surprise? But wow! Nearly 2,000 new copies is well more than three times the next contender. Of course, the large number of preorders means that a ton of these get added all within a single month. Let's see how well this holds up.

Technically the #3 "game" was the "Agricola Z deck" which has its own listing on the Geek. 482 copies were sold in August. I did not give it its own listing here.
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Last month rank: 5
549 added
3,632 total

Coincidentally (?) the top two games are also the favored contenders for the upcoming IGA awards. This game has been a huge favorite with many people. It was not available for a while, so these big sales numbers partly reflect pent up demand that was satisfied with the latest printing.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Last month rank: 2
362 added
15,839 total

This has been battling it out for "most owned game" with long time champion Settlers of Catan. As we discovered last month - the more a game has sold, the more it continues to sell. This represents a 2.3% increase in cumulative sales, which when you compound it monthly, really adds up.
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Last Month Rank: 3
357 added
15,835 total

Poor Settlers is, today, at least, the #2 owned game. Tomorrow, who knows.
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Last month rank: 4
312 added
13,181 total

As if it weren't humiliating enough to be knocked off the perch from #1 rated game, Puerto Rico slides in the sales ratings. We should all be so unlucky.
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6. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Last month rank: 6
275 added
7,688 total

Note that cumulative sales figures drop nearly 50% - this is clearly in an entirely new tier from Carcassonne/Settlers/Puerto Rico. However, Power Grid added 3.7% to its cumulative sales, while the others added 2.3%.
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7. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Last month rank: 7
216 added
1,198 total

After the Agricola phenomenon, Stone Age is the best selling game to have been (widely) released this year. Its sales are still very brisk - this month added 22% to cumulative totals.
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8. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Last month rank: 11
215 added
9,037 total

Although it moved up in the rankings, this rollicking card game actually sold a few less copies this month, so its gain mostly comes at other's losses.
 
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Last month rank: 10
209 added
8,895 total

...but also take a look at #12.
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10. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Last month rank: 14
199 added
8,392 total

Has Rosenberg fever helped boost some Bohnanza sales? This game, along with Citadels and Ticket to Ride seem to be in a second tier of sales - all around 8,500 - 9,000 to date. All also added about 2.4% to cumulative sales this month. I guess that's the indicator of a game in the mature part of its life cycle. Power Grid sells more, but has a lower cumulative number.
 
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11. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Last month rank: 9
191 added
5,175 cumulative

This game got knocked down a few pegs by a couple of relatively new contenders, below.
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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183 added
437 total

The briefly-enjoyed wide distribution of this gave it a big boost. Supposedly, it was a single printing which will not be duplicated. Had these sales been combined with those of the base game, TtR would have been in the #3 spot.
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13. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot: Merlin's Company [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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345 total

Obviously, there's a lot of excitement about the Shadows franchise as this expansion is coming on pretty strong.
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14. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1504]
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170 added
6,413 total

Anyone heard of this game? It was left off last month due to the way data had previously been collected. The process is now improved, thanks to Aldie's help.

Still, I'm a little surprised that of all mass market games, Scrabble would be the current best seller. Risk has about 20% more current owners, and also should be getting some increased sales due to the new edition which has been well received in geekdom. Maybe most of the people who bought the new Risk already had the old Risk.
 
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15. Board Game: Hive: The Mosquito [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Last month rank: 263
165 added
431 total

Was this out of print for a while? Whatever. It must be getting some buzz lately.

FWIW, I didn't include the Agricola Z-deck as its own listing because it isn't currently being sold separately.
 
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16. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Last month rank: 17
153 added
8,488 total

This is actually selling poorly relative to its cumulative sales. August numbers were only 1.8% of the prior total. The money isn't going into Keltis - only 16 new owners of the SdJ winner were recorded this month.
 
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17. Board Game: Galactic Emperor [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1634]
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149 added
279 total

This is a very strong entry for a self published game! It is the first time this game hit my radar - and I'll be looking at it more carefully. Good luck!
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18. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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Last month rank: 35
144 added
5,568 total

This only sold 20 copies more than last month, and is still at a "mature" ratio of 2.7% of cumulative. But it zoomed back up the ratings. Was this on special somewhere?
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19. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2055]
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Last month rank: 12
144 added
5,568 total

The franchise steams along! Running at 19% of cumulative, this obviously still has fuel in it.
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20. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Last month rank: 19
140 added
6,219 total

Remember when Caylus was da bomb? How the mighty have fallen. It's still a great game, though.
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21. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2721]
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140 added
338 total

This ties with Caylus for August Sales. For a big investment game like this, entering at this level may be disappointing. Worth following.
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22. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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Others in positions 22+
San Juan
Thurn and Taxis
Mr. Jack
Ticket to Ride: Europ
Cacrassonne - Ins & Cathedrals
Memoir '44
Hive
Pandemic (fell from #8 last month!)
Risk
Acquire
Chess
Twilight Struggle
Settlers Card Game
Power Grid Deck #2
Shadows over Camelot
Munchkin
Last Night On Earth
Tigris & Euphrates
El Grande

Each of these sold between 118 and 139 in August
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