Game sales in the hobby channel continued to grow in the second quarter of 2011, according to a report recently released in ICv2's Internal Correspondence, although not at the same pace as the first quarter, when words like "spectacular" were widely used to describe the market.
Mass sales improved relative to Q1, with a revitalized Pokemon driving sales in that channel.
Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering continues to do very well, with the Commander release, based on the fan-created Elder Dragon Highlander format, selling well in both hobby and mass channels. Redakai launched to better than predicted results, with TV just kicking in now. Yu-Gi-Oh! and HeroClix continue to sell out in the hobby market while the World of Warcraft TCG growth is flat to up.
Board games had a quiet quarter, with the big three, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne still on top. WotC is starting to make a move in this category with its games set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.
In the non-collectible card games category, Dominion remains on top with Munchkin a solid second. Fantasy Flight Games' media tie-ins, Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones, both sold well but were hampered by limited supply.
Games Workshop's new resin line, Finecast, also keeps selling out while Privateer Press is putting new releases on hiatus to catch up on manufacturing backlist items.
In the RPG category, ICv2 estimated that Paizo's Pathfinder won the quarter, behind more and stronger releases than Dungeons & Dragons.
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