27 Jan 2017

Saboteur sales doubled in two years!

Time for an update of the Saboteur sales figures.

After 12 years on the market, the sales numbers are still increasing. As you can see on the graph, the sales of 2016 reached nearly 400 000 copies per year. Compared to 2014, this means that the sales numbers nearly doubled. The graph shows also the impact of the different versions of the game. The basic small box is still the best-seller, but the other versions are boosting the sales numbers.

Let's have a look how the sales are distributed among the different markets.

Western Europe is the top region with 50% of the sales numbers. France, the Benelux and Germany are leading. A strong growing market is Eastern Europe which includes the Baltic States, Russia, Poland, Hungary and some smaller markets.
The market of Germany is smaller than France, the Benelux or the USA. This is quite surprising as Amigo, the main publishe, is German. An explanation could be that their new releases appear approximatively 2 years later than the other countries. Saboteur - The Duel for example which is on the market since 2015 is only launched this spring in Germany. 

Saboteur - the Duel, the latest addition is selling very well. The sales numbers reach already 100 000 copies in two years. The top markets are the Benelux, followed by France and the USA. 

Thanks a lot for enjoying this game and spreading the game passion.

To put things a little bit in perspective: I've also got the sales figures of the game "Knock Out", on the US market since 2014. The publisher managed to sell 12 copies in 2016.

28 Nov 2016

Saboteur World Championship 2016

On 26 November 2016 the first Saboteur World Championship was organized in Budapest (Hungary).

After preselections in different countries, there were 30 people selected to participate.

The youngest participant was Ali Efe Artkin, 11 years, from Turkey. He was accompagnied by his mother, teacher and the Turkish distributor of the game.

First the players played 4 games by switching their positions at the different tables. In this way, the players got the opportunity to show their skills to all other players. At the end, Ritsuto Konno from Japan was leading with 27 points while the last one had gathered only 2 points.

The final table was reserved for the 6 players with the most points. Players had to play a game of 4 rounds. The finale was particularly challenging. The players were discussing and negotiating the whole game in order to detect the 2 saboteurs and selfish dwarf in each round. This brought the game at a new tactical level which I never experienced before. The finale showed the same tension as during a Poker game. Bluffing and guessing the cards of the other players became the new key elements. The suspense was strong and increasing as the game progressed.

 Finally, Steven Chu Chun Hin from Hong Kong won the game and became the first world champion of Saboteur. According to his observations, his social skills helped him to propose interesting deals to the other players which were also at his advantage too.

The second place was for Jaffeth Parinussa from the Netherlands (at left of Steven). The third place was for Ritsuto Konno from Japan (at the right of Steven). Steven is holding his pure gold award in-between his teeth.

18 Oct 2016

Three new games on market

This year, three new games were launched.

  • Mushroom Soup (upper left) is a small card game with nice plastic miniatures. It's actually online available in the Russian language and is published by Zvezda.
  • Vroom Vroom (right) is a fast-pasing race game with rotating snails for kids of 4 years and up. The publisher is Blue Orange.
  • Treasure Lair (down left) is an adventure card game in co-design with Arno Maesen. The publisher is AEG.

2 May 2016

How to play Saboteur the Duel?

If you want to see how you must play the Saboteur - the duel version, please click on the image.

19 Jan 2016

Saboteur sales increase with 50%

The past year 2015 was amazing for Saboteur. The annual sales have reached 300 000 copies per year, which is an increase of 50 %. The total sales are now 1 400 000 copies.

Saboteur Duel, the lastest version, is also selling good with 40 000 sold copies.

The game is now also available in the Turkish language.

4 Dec 2015

Mamicatchmi on shelves

Djeco, a French publisher has recently released Mamicatchmi. It's a nice reaction game with beautiful components. You roll both dice and grab your figure in order to put it in safety or to block your opponent. The first one gets a point from the other one.
Also funny for players above 12 years old.


Invasion of Termites

Frederic in front of a Termity mound in Gdansk.
Close-up of a termite attack!