This summer every hobby game category experienced at least some growth over the previous year according to industry market reports.


In the mean time, sales of video games were down 8% in the first seven months of 2010.


The question of whether this is simply a reaction to the prolonged recession in the overall economy or the reflection of a long term trend remains to be seen.


'Vampire: The Masquerade'

CCP Games, which acquired White Wolf back in 2006, has announced the long-hinted online game based on White Wolf’s World of Darkness universe. The Vampire: The Masquerade MMO game was announced at the company’s Grand Masquerade event in New Orleans last weekend. But even after the long wait for the announcement the release date is still two years away; the game is promised for 2012.


Only a few details were announced, including the news that the game will focus on player politics and social interaction.


White Wolf’s paper game output for the World of Darkness property has shrunk significantly, although the company has expanded its PDF release schedule.

Mayfair Games and Gen Con have announced that Mayfair will expand its presence at Gen Con next year and become and official Co-Sponsor of the event. Mayfair will expand its exhibit floor presence, which was already at 2500 square feet last year, not including its FunFair brand.


Mayfair will add demo tables and increase the scope of the Great Mayfair Ribbon Quest, which allows attendees to collect ribbons by participating in demos, tournaments, and become Knights and Defenders of Catan. Mayfair conducted over 7000 demos at this year’s show, and believes they lead directly to increased sales in stores.


Mayfair will continue to sponsor the Training Grounds, and the Mayfair Pages and Squires Program.

The 2011 North American Catan Championship will also take place at the show: look for qualifier events to appear in our store soon.

Q2 Loss at $51.6 Million

Sales at the Borders Group continued to decline in the second quarter of 2010 falling from $617 million in 2009 to $526 million, an 11.5% drop. Given the fact that 2009 was such a bad year, the bookseller’s Q2 performance looks even worse when compared with the same period in 2008 when the chain’s sales totaled $945 million.


Operating losses increased from $45.1 million in the same quarter in 2009 to $51.6 million or nearly 74 cents per share.

ACD Games Day, held last week at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, attracted 92 retailer organizations representing hundreds of retail outlets, according to Marketing Manager Boyan Radakovich. The new venue offered more room for the increase in attendance, up 16% from last year. Forty exhibitors participated, representing 67 manufacturers, an increase of 21% over the 2009 event.

Programming also increased, with 16 seminars offered.


Click the 'Read more' link below to see a few pictures of the event.