The new ICv2 Retailers Guide to Games #5 reports that the market for games in the four categories surveyed (CCGs, miniatures, board and family, and roleplaying games) was down vs. 2003. Most blamed a generally weak economy and a lack of big hits for the decline.
The weakest category remained RPGs, which were not revived by the release of D&D 3.5. CCGs suffered from the continuing drop-off in Yu Gi Oh sales and the lack of a big hit to replace it. Collectible miniature games were generally off vs. last year. Only board and family games got consistently positive marks from the industry sources we interviewed.
Predictions for the second half were more bullish, with tight inventories at retail and some stronger releases providing a basis for optimism.