Over $55 million was raised for tabletop games on Kickstarter in 2013, according to an analysis by ICO Partners, a UK-based consulting firm specializing in online games.  That’s up from around $16 million in 2012, and represents a huge infusion of mostly direct-to-consumer dollars into tabletop game publishers. 

Perhaps even more impressive, the money raised for tabletop games in 2013 nearly equaled the amount raised for video games.

We’ve been tracking the Top 10 Tabletop Game Kickstarters, and that ranking can shed some light on the 2013 growth.  Seven of the top ten tabletop game Kickstarters, all over $1 million, were in 2013 (see "Top 10 Tabletop Game Kickstarters").  Of those, three were over $2 million and one was over $3 million.  Those represent new highs; only one project, the first Bones Kickstarter, topped $2 (or $3) million in 2012.