The sales figures for the game, which has virtually no marketing support, represent a 50 per cent increase over 2007.
Carcassonne has been on the market for nearly a decade and has shown sales increases every year since its release. Its total sales in the UK are estimated at around 40,000 copies.
Carcassonne is not unique in its growth pattern. Another of Esdevium’s lines in the specialty games sector, The Settlers of Catan, saw sales increases of 25 per cent between 2006 and 2008, passing the 5,000 copies per year mark.
Steve Buckmaster, director of sales at Esdevium Games said: “Specialty games like Carcassonne have really started to hit their stride. The 2008 numbers show that there’s a market for these games beyond the niche players and specialty shops. These are great games, and demand is really blossoming as people become aware of them.”
Carcassonne is a tile-laying game in which players lay tiles that build areas of city, farmland, and roads—emulating the development of the medieval walled city of Carcassonne in southern France. First published in 2000, Carcassonne won the German Spiel des Jarhes in 2001. It has spawned over a dozen expansions since.
Carcassonne is for two to five players aged eight and upwards, and takes about 45 minutes to play. It retails for around £19.99.