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Mayfair Games Shuts Down After 36 Years of Board Games (polygon.com) 58

damnbunni writes: Longtime board game publisher Mayfair Games (English-language publisher for Settlers of Catan, Agricola, and many more) has shut down after 36 years. All of their games have been sold to Asmodee, who also owns Fantasy Flight Games, Z-Man Games, Rebel, Edge Entertainment, and a host of other board game companies they've picked up over the years. "As of today, the management team at Mayfair Games, Inc. announces we will wind down game publishing," the company said in a statement. "After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary. Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee."
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Mayfair Games Shuts Down After 36 Years of Board Games

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  • Quite a portfolio (Score:5, Informative)

    by tgibson ( 131396 ) on Saturday February 10, 2018 @04:07AM (#56099375) Homepage

    A listing of games (sorted by rank) that BoardGameGeek shows as published by Mayfair Games [boardgamegeek.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Yep. The various members of the gaming industry were just waiting for this.

    Asmodee has been on a *Throw Money* kick for the last couple years now.

    They "merged" with Fantasy Flight a while back (2014?), but the writing was pretty much on the wall. FF was only kept around until Asmodee had a handle on their properties. Then, *snip!* out goes the middleman.

  • There's something very wrong if a company can't make money selling Settlers of Cataan. That alone, is a wildly popular game, retailing for $50, with about $5 worth of materials in it. I can only imagine how much they could have made off all of those other games, as well, if they were run properly.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 10, 2018 @12:11PM (#56100285)

      Mayfair sold Catan to Asmodee in January 2016.

      If you read stories from other sources you might learn that the owner of Mayfair wanted to retire. Since he had already done a deal with Asmodee for Catan it makes sense that he approached them when he wanted to sell the rest of the company.

      There's no need to speculate that Mayfair was poorly managed.

      • by DogDude ( 805747 )
        Oh, that makes sense.
        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          There is of course the big management hassle of digitising leading boardgames, to increase market share, even shifting them to the mobile market. Not as easy as it sounds, lots of usability and networking issues to solve and creating hard copy board games and digital board games at the same time is more complicated. Realistically they could even sell you a digital file which you with a printer and even a 3d printer with the right materials, make your copy. On the fly gaming network with mobile devices for p

    • It must have been their marketing strategy. I have never heard of Mayfair Games, and have never played any of their games.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Then you aren't familiar with modern board games at all. Settlers Of Catan has been omnipresent in that industry for at least 15 years.144chan

      • Re:Marketing (Score:5, Informative)

        by CronoCloud ( 590650 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [noruaduolconorc]> on Saturday February 10, 2018 @01:48PM (#56100607)

        I'm taking your nerd card.

        Didn't you ever play D&D and other tabletop RPG's? Didn't you read the various tabletop RPG magazines? Mayfair ads were common in them.

        They did the DC Roleplaying game for goodness sake! They were even one of the many publishers of Cosmic Encounter. Their version supports 10 players.

  • So MANY clever and well done games too!

    A sad time indeed.

    Ferret

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