Sheer Beauty: The 25 Most Gorgeous Games in my Collection
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Feast your eyes on the beauties which follow. Some games, whether or not they play well, are just downright gorgeous. Pictured below are 25 of the most beautiful games in my collection. (Actually, the picture is yet to come on #25...) My bias will be obvious: I love maps, so there are a lot of games on this list whose boards are maps.

I recommend that you zoom in for a closer look at these gems by clicking on the picture. They deserve to be ogled and admired.
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1. Board Game: Fugger, Welser, Medici [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:8812]
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Simply the most beautiful game in the whole, wide world. Doesn't play as well as most on this list, but I'll still never part with it.
 
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2. Board Game: Minos [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:4606]
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This game of Mediterranean trade and conquest is underrated and plays very well.
 
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3. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:544]
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A terrific two-player game with a unique 3-D board and lots of cool pieces.
 
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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Not among my favorites to play (it's a cooperative game), but has several really pretty boards.
 
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5. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1366]
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Those painted horses are fabulous...the game is great fun, too!
 
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6. Board Game: Keydom [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:6609]
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This highly sought-after game from Richard Breese doesn't play quite as well as its successor (see the next game on the list), but I rate it as slightly more beautiful.
 
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7. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
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The only thing more beautiful than this game's board and pieces is...the playing experience. A WONDERFUL game!
 
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8. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1100]
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Play is similar to Minos and Mare Mediterraneum, two other games on this list, and like them, it's stunning to look at.
 
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9. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:689]
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Another game which is both pretty to look at and lots of fun to play.
 
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10. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:795]
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The sheer beauty of the board didn't hurt this Spiel des Jahre winner, which is also very enjoyable to play.
 
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11. Board Game: Saturn [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4271]
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Try walking past this one without staring!
 
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12. Board Game: Mare Mediterraneum [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:7464]
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It's pretty, fun, and long!
 
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13. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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The other Spiel des Jahre winner on this list. Great board, great pieces, great game!
 
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14. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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A different kaleidoscope of colors every time you play.
 
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15. Board Game: Tal der K├Ânige [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3596]
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Cool pyramids!
 
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16. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:487]
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Gotta love those wooden shrimpies!
 
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17. Board Game: Terrain Game [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
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Maybe not the best-playing game on this list (though I do enjoy it), but oh, all those wooden pieces!
 
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18. Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1758]
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Call it garish, but I still think it's very pretty...and one heck of a great game.
 
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19. Board Game: Allerley Spielerey [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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This rare collection of early Reiner Knizia games weighs in at 19 pounds, I believe, and just oozes class. The games are of mixed quality: I like Am Hofe des Konigs the best.
 
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20. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:732]
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Beautiful wooden pieces galore, and another great game!
 
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21. Board Game: Train Raider [Average Rating:5.48 Unranked]
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No idea how this one plays -- it's all in Japanese! Has the thickest cardboard box I've ever seen.
 
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22. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Very colorful, and like many on this list, a terrific game as well.
 
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23. Board Game: Master Thieves [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2561]
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That little, um, piece of furniture they enclose is just the best single game piece I've ever encountered.
 
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24. Board Game: Millionary [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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The board is very cool and the game comes with hundreds of little pieces. It's also a very good stock market simulation.
 
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25. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:905]
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Replacing the Evolution Game, which I had had in this spot till I got Ys.
 
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