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I decided to only do one of these per year now instead of each quarter. It is easiest to just do it at the same time as my year end inventory. I did that this week while others were wrapping and unwrapping gifts. Here it is my top 20 best sellers for 2012. Two pretty big surprises in this one.
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Marshall LaFleur
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This was no surprise. If it hadn't been for 6th edition I'd be out of business. I expect this to be 1st place again next year and by an even larger margin. I sold more than twice as much 40k as 2nd place and 3 times as much as 3rd place.
 
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This also was no surprise. During the first half of the year I could have seen this taking first place. Unfortunatly Warhammer Fantasy has been rather neglected and a lot of players are holding off on buying anything till their armies get updated.
 
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3. Board Game: Redakai [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:9206]
Marshall LaFleur
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What? Really? This is 3rd place? I figured it would be my top selling CCG but I thought a few other non-CCG's might have it beat. Admittedly I was counting toys too but I've only sold a few of them. Redakia has outsold the 2nd place CCG by about 4 quadruple. I don't expect it to do very well next year though. The system is pretty much dying off. I also can't get anyone to show up to league play even though they keep buying cards. Such a shame because it is IMO the best CCG out there.
 
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4. Board Game: Battletech Introductory Box Set [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:841]
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Battletech has really made a come back in the past year. It was my first Miniatures game and still one of my favorites. No surprise to see it up there. I would have thought it would beat Redakai though. It was pretty close.
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5. Board Game: My Little Pony Hide & Seek [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:10482]
Marshall LaFleur
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I used to wonder what Friendship could be
Then I watched My Little Pony

I had to include this. No it isn't the game that has sold well. If there were a decent MLP game out there of the G4 ponies, it would sell like mad. This ranking is referring to My Little Pony blind bags. People here use them to replace figures in various games like Arkham Horror. Every once in awhile a parent comes in and buys them for their daughters too, but mostly it is the Bronies.

Did you know there are an estimated 20 million Bronies in the world now? 10 million of which live in the USA.
 
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6. RPG: Shadowrun (4th & Twentieth Anniversary Editions) [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:72]
Marshall LaFleur
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I knew it was either this or Pathfinder to bring in my top selling RPG. It makes since though since I've been completely sold out of Shadowrun on several occasions. That hasn't happened with Pathfinder.
 
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7. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:135] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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This just started selling like mad in the 2nd half of the year. For so long it wasn't moving at all, then this. Now I try to have every expansion in stock at all times along with the core game. I pretty much fail at accomplishing that. I don't have a core on the shelves at this time and only 3 expansions.

When this is played at the store we almost never use the figures included. See 5th place item above.
 
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8. RPG: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:29]
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When asked what the best version of DnD is, my answer is Pathfinder. I've saved a lot of customers a lot of misery by convincing them to buy Pathfinder instead of DnD 4e. Every once in awhile someone still buys 4th ed though and it will show up on this list later.
 
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9. Family: Thunderstone
Marshall LaFleur
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I included both Thunderstone advanced and Classic here, but about 3/4 of it is Advanced. You know, I actually have yet to play this game at all even though an opened copy has been left here for 6 months for demo purposes. I would have though Dominion would have beat this one.
 
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10. Family: Heroscape
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Not first place any more of course, but yes it still sells. When it went out of print I bought up as much as I could from wherever I could. I'm down to 10 small expansions left on the shelf now. This was the game that started my career as a game store owner. It used to dominate the way WH40k does now. I still have hopes that some day the game comes back and is marketed correctly. The used market is very strong for this and it is the only game I buy used for straight cash instead of store credit or commission.
 
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11. Board Game: Dragon Dice [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6416]
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This seems to be a pretty stable seller for me. People like rolling dice. I thought that Quarriors might be the end of Dragon Dice popularity. They are in fact two very different games though. Plenty of room for both.
 
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12. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:36]
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Since this just came out and I haven't been able to get the only expansion yet, I think this is going to be one of the top 5 next year. People love Dominion and they did an amazing job with 2nd ed. This should have been ahead of Dragon Dice really.

 
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13. Family: Catan
Marshall LaFleur
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For this I include the games that require Settlers, but not the stand alones. If I had kept more in stock it would have been much higher. I had a huge rush for these during Holiday shopping. Now I am completely sold out of everything Catan and had a few customers looking for it after that happened.
 
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14. Family: Dominion
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The original Deck-building game seems to be dying off a bit. It is still the best one in my opinion. I can't justify carrying every expansion at once any more though.
 
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15. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:277]
Marshall LaFleur
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Yes there are some unfortunate souls that I was unable to save from this pit of despair.
 
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16. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:443]
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We love rolling those dice.
 
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17. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:121]
Marshall LaFleur
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It even surprises me that this game is this low. I get asked all the time why I don't carry more of it.. Because people don't buy it! Most of the sales come from a pack or two here or there from someone that only has $5 or so and can't get the game he really wants.
 
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18. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2239]
Marshall LaFleur
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i only counted the main Munchkin game, Delux, and expansions. I did not count the spin offs. I personally don't like Munchkin but it is quite popular here. It was actually just barely behind Magic. This is also the last game on this list that I would consider a good selling game.
 
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19. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
Marshall LaFleur
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I really haven't sold that much Agricola but it is a rather expensive game so just a few sales got it up there. It is a really good game too.
 
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20. Board Game: World of Warcraft Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1088]
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I don't think any of the people that buy this actually play the card game. They are just looking for loot cards.
 
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