MemberMarch 3, 2022 at 10:54 am
Thanks for your question!
Oh, if all our games could be evergreens, I think we’d all be very happy!
The problem is, in 1985, around 50 board games were released. In 2021, there were over 3,000 on Kickstarter alone (and many thousands outside of this)! So, there is a glut of games coming out every year and new, shiny ones you can buy on Kickstarter every single day.
So, we get the “cult of the new.” Everyone wants to play the latest thing because everyone is talking about it. Until they’re not. And they are on to the next thing.
But the games that are truly great and have a larger appeal can keep selling quite well. Think of Wingspan, Azul, Pandemic, and other “modern classics.”
It’s all really up to the players. They will find and buy the best games. They’ll play these with their friends and families. Then they will in turn go out and buy the game.
So, just make an amazing game that everyone loves. Easy peasy, right? 😉
If all publishers decided to just focus on one great game to release every year, there would probably be far fewer games, but they would be the best of the best. But, it is up to those making and buying the games to decide what will become evergreen.
Not sure if this helps, but it was fun to write about!