Why you don't let your little brother be the graphic artist for your game
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I have a soft spot for bad game art. They're a sign of earnestness, of people determined to get their game on the market, come what may. Can't afford thousands of dollars for professional graphics art? No problem, the game's the thing!

Of course, I also enjoy bad game art in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 way. Like the unintentionally hilarious game box photos, they're just plain fun in their own Ed Wood-esque way.

Here are some of my faves. Please feel free to add your own.
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The Chicken Lords of Tyson VII do not approve of breakdancing!
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I cast Disco Inferno at you!
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In ancient times, athletes would be prepared for track and field, football, and baseball simultaneously.
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Gloriana should re-consider what is proper attire when gargoyles are present.
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I'm the Joe Don Baker of spaaaaaaaace!
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I didn't expect Mr. Sparkle to look that menacing.
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Ow! You stabbed me right in the T. Cockitt!
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Wait, a little farther up...Aaaah, that's the spot.
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When Buck joined the Space Patrol, he never worried about getting an Indian burn from a giant arctic shrew. Perhaps he should have.
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You noisy kids! Get outta my labyrinth!
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Welcome to Remedial Ninja Training. Here are today's lessons:

(1) Wear black.
(2) Find something to hide behind.
(3) Spread out.
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In case you somehow didn't notice the dragon, look out, there's a dragon!
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The Village People: The Next Generation.
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Board Game: The Baton Races of Yaz
The less said about the kinky planet of Yaz, the better.
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15. Board Game: Ragnarok [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:15205]
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Wulf Corbett
Scotland
Shotts
Lanarkshire
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Who knew the BeeGees were originally Vikings?
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16. Board Game: The Warriors of Batak [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:15948]
Board Game: The Warriors of Batak
Wulf Corbett
Scotland
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Just... I mean... no... shake
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When you post a picture of the prototype cover and the response is "hire a graphic artist" maybe you should take their advice.
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We know you love your playtesters. So thank them on the last page of your game rules like everyone else, or go the extra mile and throw in an easter egg on a counter or two. Don't photoshop their heads on the friggin' game box!
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19. Board Game: Galactic Destiny [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:10759]
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The board is actually quite pretty. Particularly compared to the rules & cards!
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20. Board Game: Sorcerer: The Game of Magical Conflict [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:17823]
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Yes, I do have a whale wrapped around the back of my head.
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21. Board Game: The Beastlord [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:13619]
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I believe in a former life, I was coffee.
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Me thinks the Beastlord could do with a littler more clothing...
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22. Board Game: Rise and Fall [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:8344]
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Gimli finally finds a use for those decadent Italian restaurant tablecloths the Romans had brought with them. Also, the cheap contractor who build Hadrian's Wall out of balsa-wood has his perfidy exposed.
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23. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:656]
Board Game: Tinners' Trail
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Board Game: Tinners' Trail

A pretty house, a little man, clouds, and a choochoo train. All this with MSPaint's color palette.

Board Game: Tinners' Trail
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24. Board Game: Imperator [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:17486] [Average Rating:5.44 Unranked]
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The original box cover (shown on the left in this image) is probably the worst cover I've seen that I actually own.

It's always embarrassing for me when people pull this game off the shelf...

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25. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2060]
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To be honest, higher quality art would probably make the game, rules and fluff less fun.
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