Board games have been around for decades and decades! And most of us have fond memories of playing games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, and Bingo as children. However, as time marches on, board games begin to change. Many of these classic board games have evolved and adapted to remain relevant. For example, Monopoly is now available as an app, and you can visit many online bingo sites instead of finding a live bingo game. While these classic board games have had to find a new way to survive in the modern world, there are certain board games that still seem to be thriving in their original board game format; fantasy games.
Board Gaming and the Fantasy World
Fantasy board games such as Small world, Shadows over Camelot, Munchkin, and Pathfinder are all incredibly successful within their genre of board games and they do not seem to be going anywhere soon! Could it be that these fantasy board games are the future of board games? It seems that this could indeed be the case.
While classic board games that have since moved digital are able to succeed, fantasy board games do not seem to be attempting to make this move to the digital world. It appears that fantasy board game players are quite happy to continue playing these games in the format that they are currently in, and as such the industry is doing well. Fantasy board games can be expensive, and sometimes require new expansion packs –this means that the companies can create an additional revenue stream that goes above and beyond the initial purchase of the board game.
There is a distinct difference between how people relate to classic board games and how they relate to fantasy board games. Classic board games are often played as a family; they are old and thus all generations know the rules. But fantasy board games go beyond a hobby and fun activity; having their very own subculture surrounding it. People who play
People who play fantasy board games are likely to be fantasy board game collectors; buying new fantasy board games that get released. While the fantasy board game subculture may not be big, it is strong enough to keep the industry afloat and happy with the status quo of not attempting to break into the digital market.
Some people think that just because classic board games like Scrabble and Bingo have gone digital, it does not mean that people will completely abandon playing these games in their original format –that the move to a digital platform simply gives players a choice now. However, with insufficient data we cannot currently comment on whether the move to digital platforms means the end of traditional, physical board games.
While it appears that some may still choose to play the classic games in their original format, we can say with some confidence that the fantasy genre of board games will at least surpass the sales of classic board games in future years to come.