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The Euro Box Cover
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Any good game needs a good cover illustration to match. Eurogame designers in recent years have discovered that a few key elements should exist in the box art for the game to be any good. You don't need every single element, but the more the better if you want to fit in.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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First, the game should be named after an exotic location. Nothing screams "play me" like a game named after a place that cultured people would love to visit.
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2. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:322]
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You may instead replace the location name with an impressive-sounding word related to your chosen exotic location. However this takes more research - you actually need to know something about the place - so amateur designers should stick to the name itself.
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3. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:384]
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Bonus points if the name ends in -a.
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4. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:588]
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There should be an important-looking dude standing in the foreground, preferably making eye contact with the viewer. As you can see in the unfortunate Attika example above, a big jug is no substitute for a dude.
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5. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
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Bonus points if the dude is a lord or king, because that means he's damn important.
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6. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:457]
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More bonus points if he has a mustache.
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7. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:187]
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Even more bonus points if he looks like you just insulted his mother.
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8. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:636]
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Even MORE bonus points for inviting hand gestures that say "behold!" or "come hither!" or even "get to work, bub."
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9. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:343]
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It helps if the dude is somewhat creepy-looking, but I personally draw the line at mischievous gazes towards farm animals. No, that won't get you any bonus points from me.
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10. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:153]
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The background should, of course, depict the game's locale. This obviously follows from your chosen game title. You can't depict a whole country or city, so the focus should be set on a select few majestic buildings...
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11. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:160]
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...or a construction project.

(Man, I love that stash!)
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12. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:52]
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Workers loading or unloading a ship is also an acceptable background, as long as the foreground guy isn't doing any of the work.
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13. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:26]
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Modern times are discouraged. Set the game in a more interesting time in history, but if you have no good ideas, simply default to the Renaissance.
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14. Board Game: Stephensons Rocket [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:685]
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If all this sounds too cookie-cutter, you could just go with trains!
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15. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:351]
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...but, come on now, deep down we all know this looks much more interesting .

(and is more likely to win German awards)
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16. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10822]
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How 'bout replacing creepy-looking-dudes-with-moustaches with a hot chick? I bet you this game cover would appear more often in geeklists...
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17. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
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It also helps if the important-looking dude is ogling the busty water-girl.

goo goo
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18. Board Game: Catan: Seafarers [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Or the cute Native Girl.

goo goo
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19. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
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Days of Wonder provides an interesting case study in what not to do:

Look at those bright colors, the appealing artwork. If you aren't very careful, your game might even be suitable for sale in places like Toys R Us. Shudder: The unwashed masses might see it and buy it. Then everybody would be playing our games.
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20. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:152]
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Good idea is to use an illustration of time-honoured statuette or something.
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21. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:315]
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nautical themes are always nice to look at
 
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22. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:317]
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camels are a good way to go through the desert of imagination for game box covers.
better then "The Albrecht Durer Syndrome"

caravan

although this could fit the syndrome...
aaargh, it's pandemic !!!
 
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23. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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NOW I know why the cover of Power Grid is so bothersome for a Euro. The man should be looking at ME, not the power plant equipment. He should also have an awesome stache.
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24. Board Game: Formula Dé Circuits 9 & 10: Estoril & Interlagos [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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We continue with the ogling theme, but our favorite racecar driver appears to be doing less ogling and more partying. The flipside to this trackset however...



A bit disturbing in contrast.
 
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