Thames & Kosmos sales director Jo Drage explains what’s on offer this summer from the company’s games portfolio.
Thames & Kosmos has seen surging sales of its games during the lockdown, and with the summer holidays approaching, and a further easing of lockdown, the company is expecting this trend to continue.
Sales director Jo Drage told Toy World: “We remain amazed at the ingenuity with which some of our customers have widened their working remit and explored other avenues to bring in sales. Here at Thames & Kosmos we have been selling out of 2-player games and are now anticipating a rise in the need for larger group games as people start to meet up again in person”.
Designed by Reiner Knizia, the Spiel des Jahres nominated legacy game My City is anticipated to top the best-sellers list the same way the Kennerspiel des Jahres nominated The Crew did earlier in the year. This trick-taking cooperative game sold out in the UK within a record-breaking nine days in February and has sold over 11,000 English language copies since receiving the second run in May.
Aqualin is an eye-catchingly illustrated two-player strategy game that is easy to learn but challenging to master. During the game, each player attempts to group together as many matching tiles as possible and form the most groups; the bigger the group, the more points it’s worth.
Crazy Fishing is the latest in the company’s Devir board game range. Suitable for ages 6+, two to six players assume the role of fishermen competing to catch the biggest fish in the sea, aiming for the highest score by catching fish and collecting bonus cards.
A reprint of the company’s co-operative classic for up to four players, Legends of Andor: Base Game, is due to arrive at the end of July. Andor has spawned four expansions and two associated standalone games set, with The Liberation of Rietburg being the latest to hit the shelves back in spring.
The classic, award-winning family game Ubongo Travel offers a strong option for families on the go, while Thames & Kosmos’ Exit Games and Adventures Games series offers hours of fun for families looking for a challenge. The Dungeon, Theft on the Mississippi and The Stormy Flight are among the latest titles to join the best-selling ranges, which tap into consumer demand for both experiences and collaborative gameplay.
“Normal service has resumed at Thames & Kosmos”, Jo continues. “Our dedicated staff are on hand to assist retailers with any queries they have around ordering, product advice and any marketing queries such as images and support with social media campaigns on the different ranges.”
The company recently launched its revamped website at thamesandkosmos.co.uk, which gives retailers the ability to apply for a trade account via their website and place orders at any time.The website also hosts an image bank with hi-res images of all products.
“A few months ago, we introduced a monthly newsletter which is designed to inform about new developments, product arrival dates as well as any special offers we run for retailers”, Jo Drage concludes. Retailers can sign up via firstname.lastname@example.org.