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The artwork in these games is a step above the rest.

The first time you saw it, it impressed you.

It's visually stunning, truly a work of art that you weren't expecting to find on the box or cards of a board game.

Please feel free to add to this list the games that you enjoy playing for their visual appeal as much as you do for the gameplay.

As always, this is a favorite's list so all opinions are welcome.

I'm excited to see what other games people add to this list.
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1. Board Game: Dark Empire: Revolution [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:5374]
This is the first game that comes to my mind when I think about artistic.
The art is done by german graphic novelist Felix Mertikat, so the illustrations are sharp and detailed.
It's a steampunk-esque game so the theme is cool too, but what really stands out is the vibrant colors that represent each faction.
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2. Board Game: Iron Dragon [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1411]
The board and cards in this game are nothing special, possibly even ugly. But I can remember the first time I saw this game on the shelf and I thought, "Is that a dragon fused with a train!? AWESOME!" To me the box art for this game has been the most memorable so it goes on my favorites list.
Oh, and this game is on my wish list if anyone wants to send me a copy
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3. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:510]
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The artwork of the board and cards is amazing. When I look at the board I often forget that I am looking at a game and, instead, looking at an amazing drawing.

It is especially impressive when you compare the final board to the prototype board. The game is still exactly the same, but WOW, look at the difference!!
FINAL:

PROTOTYPE:
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4. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:837]
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There's not much too this game, but it sure does look nice.
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5. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:438]
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This has has ridiculously good art on the cards. For a "polyptych" of te cards, check this out:


It still doesn't do justice to the quality of the art, actually.
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6. Board Game: Winter Tales [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:5822]
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This.
It really involves you into a weird, neo-fairytale-postpunk-gothic universe so unique you are provoked to tell stories. Which is, what the game is about.


But besides the fantasic art, it features quite ambiguous "storytelling cards", drawn by - kids.


Outstanding game, too.
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7. Board Game: Siena [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4110]
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There are not very much photos of this, but I LOVE to play on the unmodified Fresco of this, using the landscape and fields of Siena as a peasant, trader and banker.
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8. Board Game: Infinite City [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2698]
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I'd pick Infinite City. I think the combination of art deco graphics and retro sci-fi motifs is fantastic. Visions of a future that never was...

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9. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:215]
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Some of Antoine Bauza's recent board games have artwork that I really like. Ghost Stories is one of them.



Wufeng/Incarnation/Bosses cards

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10. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:469]
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This is one of those games which I feel is shouting to me, "Buy me! Buy me!"
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11. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:601] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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This zombie games artwork really goes hand in had with the theme. Everything is done great. The pictures of characters, all the cards. Maybe the board could be better looking and of course, if the game already came with painted figures it could be unmatched. But never mind, the paint is bought and first efforts in miniature painting await.
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12. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:218] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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First game I thought of when I saw the title. The artwork of Marie Cardouat is so surreal and beautiful. I've actually bought a few postcard prints from her, highly recommended!
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13. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:377]
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Both editions of this game have great artwork (I prefer the later edition) providing period and locale flavor.

Alea edition ('30s-'40s look)

Gameboard


Tiles (like ads in the Yellow Pages telephone directory)


Z-Man edition ('60s look)

Gameboard


Turn Record Track


Tiles


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14. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2403]
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I love this game, designed by Franz-Benno Delonge with art by the great Franz Vohwinkel.

The artwork takes me back to the 32 months I lived and worked in West Germany, patronizing beer gardens that looked like these.

THe beer gardens


Brewery markers and shares


Beer garden shares
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15. Board Game: The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:6075]
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It starts with the sweet box cover by the famous Civil War artist Don Troiani.

Then you get a sweet board:







And the cards, oh, the cards!





And finally, the counters!





It is by far the sharpest looking game in my collection.
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16. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:815]
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I have to mention this Kramer-Kiesling design with Franz Vohwinkel's artwork. It looks like the National Geographic photos of the countryside in Java .

Gameboard



Feast cards


Tiles


Coin
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17. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:878] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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When I first saw the board for this game and inquired as to what it was, I had to check it out. I only get a few plays a year because the learning curve for new players is rather steep, but this map just blows me away. And the concentric circles...the shades of orange...all those lines hither and thro...zombie

 
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18. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:555]
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I'm a big fan of Richard Breese games and I love the art his sister, Juliet Breese, produces for each of them (Keythedral, Key Harvest, Key Market, Fowl Play!).

I especially love the art in the R&D Games 1st edition of Reef Encounter.

Each tiles was individually drawn and completely unique, whereas the 2nd edition tiles are identical.





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19. Board Game: Vikings: Warriors of the North [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:16268]
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I just saw this for the first time last night. Never played the game, but the cover is one of the coolest I've ever seen.
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20. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:235]
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One of my 10-rated games, but I might not have ever noticed it if not for the beautiful eye-catching artwork.

Besides the box art, there's:

The individually illustrated tiles.



The colorful player boards.



And one of the most enjoyable rulebooks I've ever read.

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21. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1051] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Beautiful Miniatures and map.
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22. Board Game: Pastiche [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1292]
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Talk about art?
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23. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:290] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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The best "visual effect" game.
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24. Board Game: Pixie Queen [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1793]
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Okay, I may be a bit biased, since the graphical artist lives very near to me.

http://artbyjochem.blogspot.be/
https://www.facebook.com/jocartjochemvangool/
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