Unique boardgame artwork styles that I love!
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The artwork of the game has to be unique or uncommon; something that otherwise might be overlooked.
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1. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:197] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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...And all of its expansions!

This game comes first to mind when I think about unique artwork. Surreal, whimsical, disarming, creepy, intriguing, enigmatic, beautiful, uplifting, poignant, melancholic, intimate ,nostalgic, clever...

I could keep going with descriptors, but the bottom line is that Dixit has one of the most versatile range of imaginational sparks and emotional responses from its decks of cards.
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2. Board Game: Onirim (second edition) [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:467]
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This is a placeholder for all of the games in the Onirim universe, or Oniverse. There is something oddly charming about the faux-crayon style artwork that (as others have said) looks like a "child" did it. I don't know of another game quite like it, and I look forward to Castellion (a tile-laying game!) later this year.
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3. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:902]
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CV has a weird, though beautiful artwork style that is reminiscent of a CG Saturday morning cartoon. It's a very intriguing look.
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4. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1682]
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I know some people find the artwork too busy for their tastes. Personally, I think it's very cool and enchanting. I've seen nothing like it. The clockwork, mechanical city and characters made up of gears and gizmos is very effective.
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5. Board Game: Vye: The Card Game of Capture and Control [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2931]
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This is probably not a super popular title, as it was a Kickstarter. But the art style is a cross between children's fantasy book meets Picasso. I'm not a student of art history by any means, so if my descriptions are not quite right, please forgive.
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6. Board Game: Mare Balticum [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4727]
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As far as I know, this is the only board game whose artwork style is entirely rendered using 3D clay molding, which was then photographed and used for every single game piece. The result is definitely eye-catching and absolutely adorable.
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7. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:358]
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This card game features some of the prettiest, faux-watercolor renditions of ten beautiful types of trees. The calligraphic names of the trees on the bottoms of the cards helps bring out the feeling of the game, and only adds to the artwork style.
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8. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:247]
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After thinking about it, I realized that the interesting factor in this artwork style that puts this game on this list - is the fact that it's all done with simple, sleek lines. There is no sense of chiaroscuro shading, nothing. It captures the art nouveau style nicely.
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9. Board Game: Isle of Trains [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1564]
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I've seen only a couple of games with this particular style of artwork, but I'm partial to that throwback, Hanna Barbara, "Jetsons"-style illustration. What amuses me even more is that the artwork style absolutely belies the depth of game play in this tiny 45 minute card game.
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10. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:745]
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Here, Machi Koro seems (to me, at least) to pay homage to the "South Park" style of artwork. All the illustrations are drawn very block-y, with perspective poorly represented between foreground and background. It's a very humorous style.
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11. Board Game: Yardmaster [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2226]
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Is it dawn or dusk? The cover art doesn't clarify. I'm not alone in thinking that the stark artwork is beautiful. Not only is it elegant from a visual design perspective, it's aesthetically very evocative.
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12. Board Game: Sky Tango [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3292]
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Beautiful to look at and amazing attention to detail. Panoramas always excite me as well.

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13. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:442]
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More panoramas.

Stunning art design here.
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14. Board Game: Ghooost! [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7174]
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Not a great game, but the art is terrific!

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15. Board Game: Carnival [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7127]
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The vintage carnival look of the art works great for this game. The ticket tokens, the small action board and the beautiful cards are evocative of the theme and create the perfect feeling of nostalgia.

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16. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:665]
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My wife calls this, "The Great Gatsby Game".

I love the design of these cards, I do think the black border is way too thick, but that's a practical complaint, not an artistic one.

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17. Board Game: Dark Shadows [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
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I own this game by accident and have never played it, nor am I a fan of the source material, but to me, this art really stands out.

From 1968, the board is a poster-sized fold out. Amazing. Great cover art as well.

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18. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:954]
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I love the art style they chose for this (tough) coop. Was a big factor in winning me over.

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19. Board Game: Hero's Journey Home [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:8039]
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I love the art in this game. It's amazing and immediately catches your eye.

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20. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:235]
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The original version had a unique style that evoked Russian iconography. New version is standard eurojunk.
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21. Board Game: Waggle Dance [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1361]
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What a great choice for the art direction in this game. Everything has this pseudo mechanical look to it. On top of that the dice have hexes for the pips and the number 1 is a bee.

I don't think this kind of art would have been accepted by some of the bigger publishers, one instance of KS helping fund a great game with amazing art.
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22. Board Game: The Enchanted Tower [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2151]
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A lot of the Drei Magier Speile games have artwork from the same artist. This game happens to be my favorite. It is quite whimsical and reminiscent of some of the children's books I grew up with. It also really appeals my children.
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23. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:694]
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Another card game in the Z-Man line, their release featured brand new artwork. I feel like the artwork in this version evokes the art style in the original animated film (which is not my favorite movie by far, but has some amazing scenes in it as far as the animation is concerned).
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24. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:365]
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25. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:543]
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Building a family tree with these beauties is awesome fun!





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