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Ryan Laukat
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I've been illustrating games since 2008. What drew me to do such thing? I LOVE board game art! And I like designing games when I can. In 2007, I was spending all my free time illustrating my own games, and thought, "I think I'd like to be a professional board game illustrator." I was newly married, working full time at a musical instrument company to pay the rent, and didn't really know how to go about doing that.

So how did it all start?
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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I joined the Board Game Designers Guild of Utah and started going to their meetings. This led me to a board game design competition that Jay Tummelson of Rio Grande Games was going to judge at a con in Salt Lake City. I showed him my space game. It didn't win. But he asked me to do a card for a new game that was coming out: Dominion!

Needless to say, I was jumping off the walls. I painted the Adventurer card, one of my earliest digital paintings, and also the trash card. This led me to my next project for Rio Grande Games...
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2. Board Game: Strozzi [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1209]
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Only my second project, and designed by Reiner Knizia! Of course, the cover was already finished (by amazing artist Franz Vohwinkel). I painted the board, die-cut pieces, and cards, and learned a lot in the process.

I thought, "Hmm, this is cool. Maybe... I should go to ESSEN!" That's about how I said it to my wife. She let me go!
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3. Board Game: Bridge Troll [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:2805]
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At Essen, I tried to talk to EVERYONE. It was so exciting, and even though many people weren't very interested in hiring me, I met a few people that would lead me to some new projects: Zev at Zman Games, and Arno at QWG. And thanks to some help from my friend Alf Seegert, Zev hired me to illustrate Bridge Troll.

This project was a lot of fun. We took the "troll under the bridge" theme and played around with it. I love how the trolls turned out. This was my first game I did all the art for.
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4. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:21] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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Around that same time, I did a few more Dominion cards.
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5. Board Game: Chocolatl [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2819]
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My second project from meeting people at Essen. I think I'm most proud of my work for this one, especially the board. I like all the little details, like the villagers playing Chocolatl.

Before I started work, I thought, "Hmm, time for a new computer." I bought an imac. It paid off, with a much bigger screen and better colors!
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6. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
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These are my favorite cards I did for Dominion: the Treasury and the Merchant Ship.
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7. Board Game: Dominion: Alchemy [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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For this expansion, I decided to keep going with the warm-colored, Asian look I had used in Seaside. I did the Apothecary card.
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8. Board Game: Dune Express [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:5274]
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Painted a board for this one, just for fun (and because I love space themes).
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9. Board Game: Rails of New England [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3112]
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My next work for Rio Grande, a very big game, with 300 cards! This is going to come out soon, and I'm very excited for it. When I was a little kid, I LOVED trains, and my grandfather worked on the railroad, so I was really happy to illustrate a train game.
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10. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
 
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My card in this one keeps with the Asian look as well.
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11. Board Game: Trollhalla [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2082]
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Sort of a sequel to Bridge Troll. This game is a lot of fun, and will be out early next year! I love the look of terror on all the villagers and livestock.
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12. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1545]
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I never did end up quitting my day job, but I've totally loved being involved in creating board games! I'm sort of taking a break to work on other things now, but I'm always working on my own game prototypes. Maybe one day I'll get one published.
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13. Board Game: Empires of the Void [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1480]
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I'm currently working on a new game I designed and illustrated. I'm really excited about this one and you should check it out! It's a space-empire, american style game with trading, negotiation, and spaceship combat.
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14. Board Game: Dominion: Cornucopia [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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I painted two treasure cards for Cornucopia, the Bag of Gold and the Diadem.

 
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15. Board Game: Dominion: Hinterlands [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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I am very excited about this one. I did the cover and one card.
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16. Board Game: City of Iron [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:567]
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I've spent more time working on this game than any other board game project. Of every game I've worked on or created, I'm most proud of this one.
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17. Board Game: Eight-Minute Empire [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:651]
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A game I came up with when I was sick at home with a high fever. I made the complete prototype 20 minutes after I had the idea.
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18. Board Game: Fringe Wars [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I hope to release this game near the end of 2013. It's actually something like the 20th version of a game I've been tweaking since 2008.
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