Evergreen games are not necessarily commercial smash-hits. Simply, they remain popular enough, beyond trends, and seem to maintain their own notoriety without too much outside intervention.
Evergreen games are valuable to players, because they know exactly what kind of gaming experience to expect from them, as well as to publishers, who are able to predict more accurately the number of units they should produce — a notoriously difficult task in the board game industry.
An evergreen title is therefore rarely out of print.
Every game genre has its own range of evergreen titles, although many are mass-market and family games.
Classic games have had a lot of influence and considerable offspring, but are not necessarily evergreen games. Too many classic titles have been unavailable for a long time.
The typical evergreen title resists to the cult of the new and is immune to firing or killing.
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