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What's the most, or, your favorite unique game art?

Unique game art can really make (or sometimes break?) a game.
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1. Board Game: Cavemen: The Quest for Fire [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3792]
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It took me a couple of looks at this one for it to catch my eye. At first I thought "what the heck is that art style?" But then I checked out some closer photos of the cards and then I realized how cool it looks. And it really helps the game stand apart.
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2. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1070]
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I think it's great is when period art is used for a historical game. There are a few games out there that do this. The Road to Canterbury does this well, using artwork from Hieronymus Bosch.

However my favorite is Daniel Val's game 2 de Mayo with it's artwork by Francisco Goya. What's more, underneath the wonderful artwork is also a really nice game.
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3. Board Game: Cave Evil [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:2198] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
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Every card, and there are hundreds, is unique with a Heavy Metal style. Some are silly, some compelling. But among the most unique in my collection.
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4. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1908]
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Eye catching minimalism
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5. Board Game: Terrain Vague [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:7627]
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I love the humoristic Tardi art here, making the game feel different.
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6. Board Game: Dark Empire: Revolution [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4927]
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Okay, okay, it is my own game, but no matter what - I find the art absolutely unique and helpful to get into the theme of a steampunkish revolution.
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7. Board Game: Luna Llena: Full Moon [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5407]
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Outstanding, unusual comic-style art supporting the theme in a great way!

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8. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:908]
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I love the artwork on these cards. I believe that different artists were commissioned for the different races which makes it even more compelling.








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9. Board Game: Burning Suns [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:5473]
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Hi Ben,

I hope it doesn't seem too cheap - to add my own game.
But I really want to pay tribute to my artists! And many people have told me the same - the art for this game is a deal maker.


. o 0 ( Caner Inciucu )


. o 0 ( Angelita Ramos )


. o 0 ( Svenja Liv )


. o 0 ( Zulusplitter )

PS: Good list, some inspiration to be found here
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10. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1175]
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I like the style, and that each card in the "suit" is different:

 
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11. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:44]
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Every game from Richard Breese's Key-series could be listed here, since every single component in these games is an individual work of art created by Juliet Breese (Richard's sister) and, in the case of Keyflower, Jo Breese (Juliet's daughter).



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12. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:820]
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Nice, evocative artwork.

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13. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:202]
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Love the tile art in particular, but there's great art in the card and detail in the pre-painted miniatures. Sure, 'dripping with theme' isn't a real thing, but if it were this game blows all my other games out of the water in terms of drippiness.
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14. Board Game: Kolejka [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1259]
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A game of shopping in Soviet-era Poland. The artwork is really evocative, from the crumpled brown paper parcel look of the box, to some terrific black and white photos in the rule book, and the character cards (below) you play to do things like jump the queue or re-arrange the available goods.

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15. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:565] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Art is just fascinating in this one. All characters, zombies and so on are real person photos and give the feeling of horror movie.
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16. Board Game: Mare Balticum [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4849]
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Love the box art especially. I would love this to be done on an artwork-heavy game.
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17. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:958]
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I love the artwork on these cards. Love the watercolour stuff. I think that the artist did a great job. Doesn't hurt that it's a great little game too.




Obviously the same applies to Urbion which was done by the same artist.



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18. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
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Really evokes the feeling of the high middle ages.
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19. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:164]
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This game had beautiful art on the cards. Mysterious, whimsical, and very lighthearted, and it works very well to convey the mood of the game.



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20. Board Game: Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1319] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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I was actually surprised how well the art for this game went over with the ladies of my gaming group. I bought this game because the spell building concept looked interesting and the art looked amusing to the part of me that is still 14 years old. I was content to let it sit on my shelf, but then it was a surprise hit with my wife and our friends!

The art's not for everyone, and I wouldn't call it tasteful, but it is definitely unique.



 
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21. Board Game: Winter Tales [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5313]
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How could I forget.
If this is not unique, nothing else is.

The little match girl - active and after being activated.

The big bad wolf - survived ... and Snow White

The "Tin Man" and Alice.

The "story cards" are original sketches made by kids, being open for interpretation ...



The world of the game is a weird, dark fairy tale village struck by winter ...
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