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Great games pity about the artwork and/or components: WHICH games would you buy if the production improved?
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Given the number of choices of games on offer and limited budgets/time, sometimes the decision comes down to the quality of the components and artwork when choosing between game A and game B. Great artwork vs bad artwork, plastic cubes vs. actual figures...

What games have lost out because of this for you? What games would you buy if only the production was improved?

EDIT: And it isn't necessarily being plain that's a problem. I don't think Go would be improved by playing with little soldiers. That game has some elegance, but there are some examples of games whose production is distractingly bad with gameplay that is too brilliant to squander.

Obviously, it's individual opinion as to what is "bad production" and we all have different tastes, but it will be interesting to see where's there's common ground. No offence to people who love any games listed. If anything, I think games listed are put up for the reason that someone loves the game and wants to see it improve.

Then there's the view that we should just look at gameplay but it's more than that. We decide on more than just food when going out to eat; the atmosphere, the service, etc. When buying a car, clothes, furniture, just about anything we take into consideration more than the functionality especially when deciding between two similar products. The same is true with games.

Few of us can afford all the games we want and we may have a long wish list and in prioritising purchases, the quality of components can be a part of that.
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1. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:91]
Wade Nelson
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Glory to Rome, and I did order the Black Box edition. I don't doubt that the original artwork is functional, but even with all the positive reviews this game gets I just find myself skeptical of a game that looks like that.
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2. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:227]
Hassan Lopez
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Obviously, the gameplay here gets fantastic reviews. But I have some issues with that board, the color palette, and the font on the cards. I wish they'd release a revised edition.
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3. Board Game: Battleground: Fantasy Warfare [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1090] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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I've heard good things about it, it's caught my attention and though I like some of the artwork, overall I have to say despite the relative low price tag, the artwork has stayed my hand in purchasing this. IMHO, too much digital art for its own good.

I mean look at this...

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4. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
J.K. Bentley
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Once I saw the artwork on the cards, I lost any interest I might've had in the game. Perhaps someday I'll play the game and I might feel differently but I'm not counting on it.
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
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Great, great game. I even like the artwork on the cards (though the layout is a little rough) but the board itself feels somehow off. Is it the cheesy PANDEMIC sweeping down in the corner? Is it the purple oceans?



I think it definitely has room for improvement. A board that made you feel as if you're looking at a screen overseeing the spread of the contagion or a "realistic" tactical-style map would be great.
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6. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:507]
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Flying Frog has a house style that is instantly recognizable. And for Last Night on Earth, that style works really well. Unfortunately, it does not work here. First, that goofy-ass vampire has got to go. Second, poorly photoshopped pics of actors in cheap costumes is a poor choice for a game set in the early 19th century. In a perfect world, the whole game would have the same bad-ass and totally thematic pen-and-ink-on-parchment look they used for the map. Imagine how awesome this game would look if the art direction had been handled by virtually any other company.



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7. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:86]
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Oh how I love Vlaada Chvatil's games, but from the font to the artwork... I can't help but feel that this game is crying out for a graphic design makeover.

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8. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:176]
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The cards are down right ugly. The blocks could use some real work as well. However, Columbia Games made some progress with the recent edition's map.
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9. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:180]
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well i own this mayfair edition, but they really should put out a nicer version.

when i was in essen i went out of my way to find a better version:
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10. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:449]
George Leach
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Good game, can't bear the board artwork. As mentioned repeatedly there are so many good games out there why buy an ugly or non-user-friendly one unless it's outstanding and on a small print run.
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11. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:358]
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You know those paintings you see painted on the side of haunted houses at carnivals? Yup.

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12. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:431] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Yes, it's a family game. Yes, it's orientated toward kids but that doesn't mean "8 and up" need to be given graphics more appropriate to "under 5".

All animals glow and have strange bone structure in Zooloretto:

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13. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:333]
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Just because it's a card game of sorts doesn't mean it has to be ugly.

Here's an example, Arylith's Chinese themed deck:



In fact, there are many self-made decks in the gallery for No Thanks! which must say something about this:



Even something based on traditional playing cards would be nice, simple and beautiful. Great game though; it's like James Bond in a track suit with the design though.
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14. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:320]
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Maybe it's just my personal taste, or maybe it's because it has a similar theme to Eminent Domain (but totally different gameplay), but I often felt unimpressed by the artwork on coreworlds. The card design also seems to be too "old style" as compared to EM's "high tech" styling, which stopped me from making this an insta-buy and EM higher on my want list.
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15. Board Game: Puzzle Strike [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:886]
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Strange. I like the artwork for Yomi but this does nothing for me.
 
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16. Board Game: The Princes of Machu Picchu [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:738]
Emperor Penguin
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This game may not be great but it is pretty good. I already own this but man is the graphic design/art bad. I enjoy the game but if I had to do it again I would not buy this just because of the art.

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17. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:8]
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This game has been getting heaped with praise lately, and I'm definitely interested in it but have been holding off for the following reasons.

Cheap, flimsy cards that fall apart.

The artwork. I actually like the artwork on the cards and the landscape tiles, but the box cover is pretty goofy.

But the real deal-breaker is the miniatures. They're cheesy, poorly sculpted, and garishly painted. If I'm going to be staring at some minis for 3 hours they had better look nice, so unfortunately I just can't quite bring myself to pick up this game.

Yeah, I know, I know. I'm sure it's really awesome. I've read the reviews.



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18. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1207] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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Pretty surprised no one else added this one. The computer generated art is acceptable on the "meh" chits, but, when blown up in the rulebook, look positively awful, which describes the writing style of the rulebook itself. Thankfully, the character sheets are painted art, which looks perfectly fine, as does the board.
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19. Board Game: Sun Tzu [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1008]
Frances McGregor
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I would totally pull the trigger on Dynasties if they printed an English version of the Sun Tzu version.



The bland cards and board are a real turn off for me.
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20. Board Game: Magna Grecia [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1521]
Blake Morris
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This size viola da gamba is like a cello with frets. I started playing at age 48.
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This wins the "ugliest board" award with little to no competition. I understand it is actually a good game, but I can't look at the board long enough to find out.
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21. Board Game: Talisman (third edition) [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1733]
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Like cowbell. But with skulls.
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22. Board Game: Neue Heimat [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1530]
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I VERY begrudgingly played this one when somebody suggested at last year's Geekway to the West - it looks like a little kid's block set in a handmade cardboard box. After one play, I had to get my hands on a copy.
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23. Board Game: Seismic [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:5395]
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I had this but traded it away. The tiles are so boring, and the markers are tiny little cubes.
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