Block is Beautiful...
Craig J
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When it comes to beautiful game components, nothing catches my eye more than a simple wooden block. Sure, plastic dragons, tanks and samurais are cool, but as far as I'm concerned the elegance of a painted block bearing a colorful unit sticker will win a pageant any day...

All of my list items are games that I currently own and while I do have opinions about their game play, this is a geek list that focuses solely on the beauty of the block.

Please feel free to add others as it was through a geek list that I found what I consider to be the most beautiful of the bunch: Prussia's Defiant Stand.
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1. Board Game: Prussia's Defiant Stand [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4751]
Craig J
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With a mounted board and fantastic artwork, Prussia's Defiant Stand is an amazingly beautiful game.
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2. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:888]
Craig J
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Europe Engulfed was the first block game I ever purchased. While swayed to acquire it from its great reviews, I was sold by the look of the game.

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3. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:381]
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Napoleon's Triumph is a recent acquisition to my collection in lieu of its OOP older sibling, Bonaparte at Marengo. Red and Blue blocks on a sparsely decorated field of white. Simply Beautiful...
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4. Board Game: Athens & Sparta [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5052]
Craig J
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Nice primary colors and non-complex unit stickers make for a beautiful game.
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5. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
Craig J
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An attractive game comprised of asymmetrical block sizes and an unobtrusive playing field. Besides C&C and its expansions, I'm unaware of any other block style games that use irregular pieces.
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6. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1747]
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Looking for an entire palette of colored blocks? Look no further than Wizard Kings.
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7. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
Craig J
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Nice light blue and red blocks, but for me the unit crests make this game stand out.
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8. Board Game: FAB: The Bulge [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1467]
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Quiet similar to the asthetic appeal of Europe Engulfed...
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9. Board Game: Crusader Rex [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1219]
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Crusader Rex is chocked full of vibrant green and orange units. When they clash on the battlefield they make brown...
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10. Board Game: Victoria Cross [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3597]
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For me, the 3D map is attractively unique and sets Victoria Cross apart from any of the other block games. I believe the unit stickers displayed in this picture are prototypes uploaded by the designer.
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11. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2020]
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Quebec 1759 was the first block game I purchased, and, if I'm not mistaken, it was also the first block game to be published. This is a very short game with a decent amount of tension. The game can be won or lost early. I always play where we write simultaneous for the turn, so you aren't reacting to what your opponent did. This is my favorite block game. Click on the picture for a full-size view... it's a gorgeous shot.


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12. Board Game: War of 1812 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2012]
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Since I liked Quebec so much, I went ahead and bought the next-most complex block game from Columbia, War of 1812. Gameplay is still quite simple, but there are a few additional complexities in this that I like.



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13. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1015]
Dave VanderArk
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After buying Quebec and War of 1812, I looked for a copy of Napoleon. I found a copy of the Avalon Hill edition on eBay for under 15 bucks. This one is a bit more complex, but it can be played with three players, which is different for a wargame. I've owned this for almost 10 years and haven't played it yet.


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14. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1037]
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This was out of print for a long time, and my wife found me a copy for a gift. The supply rules are the real key to this game. I have only played once and felt lost. I think once I learn this one better it will become a favorite.



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15. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:789]
Michael Brien
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This recent edition of Condottiere comes with some excellent simple wooden cubes. A nice change to some of the strange plastic creations I've seen in other games.
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