Love at first sight!
Manos Velivassakis
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My criteria when I want to buy a new board game are mostly the theme and the artwork / design.
I have to admit though,that I have bought games just because I was excited by their boxes and their components or boards shown on their back.
Maybe this happens because I'm a product designer and I'm used to pay attention on the appearance of the items.

Have you ever bought a game only because its box caught your eyes?

Feel free to add this game in this Geeklist!




*** Please note that this is my first Geeklist and English is not my native language ***
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1. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2206]
Manos Velivassakis
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After my introduction to "Magic World Of Board Games" (with Settlers Of Catan.What else?? MB games of my childhood aren't being considered), it was time to buy a new board game.I visited a game store and after an hour spent on looking games, I was between Civilization: The Board Game and Runebound. I knew a few things about Civilization (and its board is a masterpiece by the way) but I decided to buy Runebound because of its impressive box. Ok, I know that Civilization box is REALLY impressive too (especially when you try to lift it) but I couldn't resist Runebound's components!

I risked and I was right! I have played Runebound at least 20 times, even solitaire.Had I bought Civilization, I really doubt if I would have played it more than 3 or 4 times.
 
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2. Board Game: Vampire: Prince of the City [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2477]
Manos Velivassakis
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This is the game that inspired me for this list. I saw it for first time in my local game store and it took me only ten minutes to decide if I had to buy it! Its Gothic board was what impressed me most, not its box cover. Of course, the dark theme helped me in my decision. I love to play this game. It's one of my favorites!
 
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3. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:593]
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I was searching for games that I couldn't find in Greece in an online shop and I found Ys! Then I checked it in BGG and I saw its board.That was enough!! I just checked its rating and when I saw that was 7+, I immediately added Ys to my cart!

Actually the board is not so impressive as looks in this photo, but Ys is fortunately a good game so I have no regrets.


Edit: The incredible new cover that I saw at Essen 2008! cry




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4. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1055]
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Same story like Vampire: Prince Of The City with the difference that the box lured me instead of its board this time.I was stunned by its artwork!I had no patience to check it in BGG so I decided once again to risk and buy it.I considered the name of Martin Wallace as a warranty for its quality.
That time I was not lucky! I like this game but everyone in my group don't!
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5. Board Game: Age of Mythology: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:1821]
Manos Velivassakis
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I knew the PC version but I hadn't played it. When I saw the box, I knew that this game will be my next in my collection! I love this game!!
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6. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:271]
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I don't have Cuba yet, but for one thing I'm sure! It looks great!! So I want it!! I don't care about its rules! In designers of "Pillars Of The Earth" We Trust!!

Edit: Owned and the game is very good!
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7. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:850]
Manos Velivassakis
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Could anyone resist such an excellent artwork?

I have played Talisman 4-5 times and always enjoyed it!
 
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8. Board Game: Battue: Storm of the Horse Lords [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3358]
Manos Velivassakis
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Impressive big box, but I knew that its rating was low, so I prevent myself from buying it. When the price dropped down in a local store to 20€ Ι bought 2 copies. One for me and another as birthday gift for a friend of mine. Haven't played it yet though.
 
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9. Board Game: Frontiers [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3990]
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I love space. I love combat. I love Asmodee's quality productions. I bought it by just checking its good rating in BGG.

As for the game, I like the fast paced tactical action loaded with many special weapons and abilities,but yet with simple rules
 
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10. Board Game: Switch: Secrets of the Temple [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:9330]
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"Looks good! I will buy it!". Simple as that!

But ... gulp played it once with another player it was mediocre. I want to believe that with more players will be better! At least I have one of these Essen - supposed to be collectable- copies of the game.
 
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11. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
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I have played Caylus a couple of times before I bought the Premium edition at Essen 2008. To tell the truth, I have no intention to buy the original version of the game, because I knew it will not hit the table often and besides that, many of my friends in my gaming group own it. But I was stunned by the Premium edition and couldn't resist. I love everything in this edition! From cover artwork to metal coins! I'm a sucker for special editions, especially when the artwork is as impressive as this! Still in srink and I don't know when I'll open it.
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12. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:178]
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I saw the box I have to admit I loved the Artwork. So far it has not disapointed me.
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