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I doubt whether the attractiveness of a board game's (or card game's) box significantly influences my decision to buy. Still, once the game is at home on the shelf then I do appreciate it more if I like the artwork and overall design of the box. So here is my tribute to the art of the box (well, in fact just a list of nice-looking boxes in a selection of different styles).

Update: I've added some more games based on suggestions...and taken off a couple of the AH titles (on second viewing, they don't make the grade)
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Duel [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3949]
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I'm more than a little partial to Lord of the Rings, and I rather like John Howe's artwork (though he's not my favourite Tolkien illustrator). Hence I've started this list with a number of the recent Kosmos games. If only this game was as good as its box...
 
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2. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:413]
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...this game is as good as its box, thanks to Reiner Knizia!
 
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3. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Search [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:15213]
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Sauron [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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I think the box artwork for the 'Lord of the Rings' game and its expansions is weaker than those for the other games listed above. But nevertheless, they form a nice collection.
 
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5. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1753]
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Maybe nostalgia for my teenage years clouds my aesthetic senses, but I still very much appreciate the art on a number of the Games Workshop boxes.
 
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6. Board Game: Rogue Trooper [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:5805]
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7. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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While I think that the artwork on some Fantasy Flight boxes is over-the-top, there are a number of very well-designed boxes.
 
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8. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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9. Board Game: The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:15268]
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10. Board Game: Blackbeard [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2406]
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The artwork for Avalon Hill titles varies enormously, but there are some real gems!
 
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11. Board Game: Guerilla [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4173]
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12. Board Game: Industria [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1781]
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I've added a couple from Queen Games (thanks for your suggestion Kevin).
 
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13. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1454]
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14. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1654]
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The modern style of artwork on this box has been created by manipulating a photograph.
 
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15. Board Game: The Prince: The Struggle of House Borgia [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:15070]
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16. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2999]
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I like a lot of the GMT Games boxes. Here I've just picked a couple of representative examples.
 
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17. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:570]
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18. Board Game: This Accursed Civil War [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:2700]
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19. Board Game: Pizarro & Co. [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1794]
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Some further examples from German games.
 
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20. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1949]
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21. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
 
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A box not yet in production. The artwork is rather old-fashioned, but it does capture the Tolkien feel (similar to some of the book cover art on older editions of the Lord of the Rings). I just hope that at last, we will have a 'War of the Ring' board game worth buying!
 
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22. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1073]
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23. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:131] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:786] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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I'm neither a WWI nor an aircraft buff, but this very attractive cover art (as well as the art on the cards inside the box) could help persuade me to buy this game!
 
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25. Board Game: Wings of War: Watch Your Back! [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1077] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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