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Sometimes big things come in small packages, and sometimes great games come in ugly, forbidding boxes. Maybe there's a geek list on this subject already, but what are some games you like that come in shopper-repulsing packages?

For me, first is Hansa Teutonica


We really love this game, which has a lot of player interaction and tension -- especially for a Euro. But nothing says "I'm a dry, forbidding German game" more than this box.

The second one that comes to mind for me is Power Grid


This is on my short list of games to buy, but the packaging has put me off for a long time. The unattractive green tones highlighting the oh-so-excited-looking scientist/technician just scream "YAWN!" But I hear it's a great game...

Any other games you'd put in this category?
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You should make a geeklist out of this.
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cferejohn wrote:
You should make a geeklist out of this.


Yep. And add Glory to Rome to it.
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I adore the Power Grid box - it's like anti-marketing my favourite box in gaming:

Item for Geeklist "Box so beautiful I pretty much bought it on impulse!!!"
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mrblueesq wrote:
Maybe there's a geek list on this subject already, but what are some games you like that come in shopper-repulsing packages?

Obligatory:

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I've never been keen on:


Why have just a window for the image.


This is the old (Current English Language version) box which is very neat but with such great artwork/theme to fall back on why go for such a clinical image. I want a Chaos god please.


Is it a quiz game about space?
Again an old box which has now been redone to include... some aliens.









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it took me many months to buy "survive escape from atlantis" its such a meh boxcover, plus the size of the box is funky.
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Engage

I've played this game, and it's really really slick. But the box I'm not a fan of. Maybe it appeals to wargamers??

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monkeyhandz wrote:


This is the old box which is very neat but with such great artwork/theme to fall back on why go for such a clinical image. I want a Chaos god please.



Yes but how much more black could this box be? The answer is none. None more black.
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Yup but how much more Chaos God-y could this box be?

The answer is none. None more Chaos Gaudy.
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cferejohn wrote:


Yes but how much more black could this box be? The answer is none. None more black.

Oh, come on, it's not even trying...
here's how it's done:

(remove the white paper strip)
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I want to know what goes through the minds of some Euro designers who think putting a bored looking man on their cover is a good idea. "Here's a creepy bearded man staring at you with blank, dead eyes." This definitely screams "BUY ME!!"
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As much as I love SW now, this artwork made me initially dismiss the game outright.

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Even the Summoner Wars design team wasn't happy with it so they updated it all shiny and new for the newer edition.
 
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Panic Station




I dont actually know if its a great game, but I HATE the box
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Glen More. Like seriously? Glen More? What kind of name is that?
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Military Muskrat wrote:
Glen More. Like seriously? Glen More? What kind of name is that?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenmore_Forest_Park

Its an area in the Highlands of Scotland, where the game is basing itself off of.
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Love the game, but the artwork (especially the box) does not appeal to me at all.
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Way over the top.
While something like this won't necessarily prevent me from buying a game, it certainly won't induce me either.
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The Nazis were...wookies?
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I have to admit, when I first got into indie gaming, I would look at this box at my local comic store and think, who on earth would play a game about farming?


This box was also an initial turnoff.


And wargames are notorious for having ugly boxes (and sometime ugly bits) to otherwise great, strategic, deep games.


Initially, these boxes and others like them were huge turnoffs. Now, however, the I absolutely love the homeliness of these boxes. Not even sure why, it's just right.
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Imperial 2030:


And Glory to Rome has not to look bad

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mrblueesq wrote:
The second one that comes to mind for me is Power Grid


This is on my short list of games to buy, but the packaging has put me off for a long time. The unattractive green tones highlighting the oh-so-excited-looking scientist/technician just scream "YAWN!" But I hear it's a great game...

This cover makes this game unplayable - i.e. nobody in my group wants to play it, and then you top it by "it's a game about building power grid" and you see their eyes wandering around to find any other game...
After 2 years (!!!) of pleading it made to the table with "it does play better than it looks", hasn't been played a year since.

monkeyhandz wrote:


Yup but how much more Chaos God-y could this box be? teenage wet dreams could this cover take (without turning into hentai)?

ftfy

Blargh yuk, I couldn't get this to the table, luckily I have the black box. Now only if the board would have a bit less barf on it...
 
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