Artistic Inconsistencies in Otherwise Fine Games
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I spend much of my board gaming time admiring the beautiful and extraordinary artwork that comes with just about every game. I am always amazed at the sheer volume of art that can encompass a game and at the same time; perplexed, at the thought of the poor artist (or artists) whom dither away at their drawing boards and bring to life all those "pesky little sketches..." is it any wonder then, that every once in awhile, a not-so-stellar and circumspect piece slips through the editing cracks to besmirch these otherwise fine modern works of art? This list will show some of my favorites from my own collection, please feel free to add your own!

Also be sure to check out the Geeklist that inspired this list http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18878/that-is-illogical-ca...
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1. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
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So...I guess this is Quasimodo, but my first thought was this is a guy who's had too much to drink and is getting ready to blow...well..never mind, you get the point. He definitely looks a little green in the gills and the placement of his head makes absolutely no anatomical sense despite the unfortunate hump.
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2. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1154]
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The Warrior has a similar head placement issue as our aforementioned and inebriated Quasimodo. It would appear as though he has become hoisted by one's own petard and has in fact stabbed himself in the leg! Thus the look of pain and agony on his otherwise winsome face.

The Minstrel? Do I even go there? Is he doing his Angus Young impersonation as he saws away on that fiddle? Gotta love those purple slippers and that pinky on his right hand...perhaps it's fantasy parlance for "flipping the bird"
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3. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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This one really surprised me, I mean, it's illustrated by John Howe! His work in the LOTR universe has been astounding. The boards from this game are so beautiful that I just want to frame them and hang them up, But why, oh why is Frodo made to look like comedian Jerry Seinfeld???
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Out of all of my games, Ticket to Ride has some of my favorite artwork. The beautifully rendered cards with their Art Deco trimmings and the hand drawn map always make for a visual feast while waiting for other players to take their turns. I just can't get over the creepy-as-Hell little girl in yellow...Yikes!
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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This is actually from the iOS game, but I don't know what's more remarkable; the fact that he has six fingers on his right hand, Or that he was actually able to find a pair of gloves that fit!?! Bravo man!
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6. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
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We are to believe that when Ashcan Pete goes up against one of the Great Old Ones, he brings a special weapon or two to bear, namely his gee tar so casually slung over his shoulder. Pete will simply tune up, clear his phlegmatic throat and play a good old ditty for Cthulhu et al. And when that fails to put them back to sleep, there is always the trusty old bed roll. What GOO wouldn't want to snuggle up and get cozy in that thing whilst Pete regales them with never-ending and nonsensical tales of his misspent youth.
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7. Board Game: Firenze [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:746]
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I just can't abide this guy as a brick layer, not when he looks like he should be mixing up a Hot Toddy for Jerry Seinfeld, er, I mean Frodo at the Prancing Pony Inn.
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8. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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What on earth is the driver of the car looking at??? Forget the bright red otherworldly cephalopod, never mind those Scooby Doo evil eyes out in the woods, maybe he sees a deer out there, God forbid he should watch the road!
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9. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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These are supposed to be Russian railroad engineers..Let's see...

The guy on the left looks like a mad scientist.

The lady looks like she could be on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens revealing to you the "Top 10 Secrets for a Flakier Pie Crust"

The third guy from the left looks like a Kamikaze pilot.

The last guy looks like he could be working in the I.T. Dept. for a modern office.

I suspect the designers and/or artists may be paying tribute to their friends and families as all the "engineers" in this game look a bit suspect. None of them seem particularly Russian, nor do they look very "engineerish" (these four in particular.)
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10. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:12]
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Legolas Son of Thranduil character card.

In the immortal words of Steven Tyler of Aerosmith: "DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY!!!"

Perhaps we should change his name to Legolassie or LegolKatniss...
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11. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:691]
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What is a figure skater doing in a fantasy adventure board game? First she has stolen Princess Leia's hair style. Then I am told that she likes to glide around her enemy in a Camel Position, carefully timing her Triple Axel to land exactly at the moment that she cuts his throat! (all of that coinciding with final crescendo of Liszt's "Liebestraume" of course) I wonder how the judges would score that in Sochi?
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