Looking good while playing.
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This list is about games that look good while they are being played.

I don't mean just the look of the components. Many card games have wonderful illustrations, but you generally aren't looking at the pictures during play.

I have also left out any abstract games. Depending on the materials used, these can look good just sitting there. But they don't look better while being played.

Feel free to add games. But try to limit it to your favorites. Anything that looks good but doesn't get played doesn't belong here.

This list is inspired by a forum article I just posted to, and by some previous lists that didn't exactly discuss what I was looking for.
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1. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:382]
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This one looks like a page from a West Point Atlas while it is being played. Both the board and pieces are fully functional, without preventing it from looking good.
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2. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:719]
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While the board appears almost boring at the beginning of the game, by the end the players have built a 3-D landscape that looks so good, you want to leave it set up.
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3. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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I know. The board is bland, and the figures some people use look fantasic. But figures that I would paint wouldn't look so good.

I find myself turning my opponents blocks so the armies are seen standing up.

With the addition of the mounted boards that have a muted logo (and no logo on the Epic boards) and 6 different armies, this one is definately looking good.
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4. Board Game: Volley & Bayonet [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:7744]
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Almost any miniature game looks good when played. In fact, that's the main attraction and the big hassle: painting attractive figures and buying/making attractive terrain.
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5. Board Game: Spiel [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6246]
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Anything with more than 200 dice looks cool to me
Plus, this edition is beautifully made. The golden pips against the brilliant color of the dice are really neat.
 
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6. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:731]
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This one leaves you not only with a colorful little walled city, but it's even got inhabitants after you're done.
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7. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:15116]
Thomas P. Felder
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Sorry. I couldn't resist.
 
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8. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1132]
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This one, and many other Eagle Games.
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9. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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Their games are well-known for being attractive.
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10. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:410]
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the comination of gorgeous tiles, colorful bits, 3-D topography make Taluva an absolutely stunning "game in progress"
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