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Many games have either had revisions, new editions, and alternative cards/components. For some folks, it makes the games all the better. Others, it's worse. Then there's everything in between.

I guess it can liven up some games, like the reprintings of Samurai, Mission Red Planet, and Pandemic, but it seems in the end, most of us care more about other changes. And AFAIK, anytime you have new art, there's often been other changes or clarifications to gameplay.
 
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I would be fine with direct reprints of previously released games. If I liked them, they are fine they way they are.

If I didn't like them, I'd prefer they just come out with a 'new' game entirely.
 
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Ask Glory to Rome.

The original was like a cartoon. The black box edition is now a grail game.
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Does adding a fresh coat of art make much of a difference for you?
It depends. Is the new art better or worse than the old art? If it's better then yes, if not, then no. If the only difference is the art, then it would have to be a significant improvement over the previous art to make me want to replace a copy I own with a new copy. I'm much more likely to purchase a revised version of the game if something in the gameplay has changed.
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ChipChuck wrote:
Ask Glory to Rome.

The original was like a cartoon. The black box edition is now a grail game.
Which is fine by me.

Pete (hates the black box edition and got the cartoony one for $7 because of it)
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I'm having a hard time thinking of a game in which a later edition improved on the first edition's art.
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clearclaw wrote:
I'm having a hard time thinking of a game in which a later edition improved on the first edition's art.
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ChipChuck wrote:
Ask Glory to Rome.

The original was like a cartoon. The black box edition is now a grail game.
Yet the real grail version is getting an English version done with the European art.
 
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clearclaw wrote:
I'm having a hard time thinking of a game in which a later edition improved on the first edition's art.
Dragon's Gold ?


Sorry, I just get to use that for all my game questions this week, it seems.
 
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I actually like Nexus Ops reprint better, at least the minis, I can agree the tiles are a bit busy.

Also prefer the reprint of Fortress America, especially the card art.

Art does matter to me. I was drawn to Hunters of Arcfall by the art style.

I hope facelifts in general breathe new life into OOP games so we can see more of them come back. E.g. I'd get a reprint of Big City even if it was same aet & sculpts.
 
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If my original copy is functional, I don't typically buy a new addition. My Kill Dr. Lucky is thin cardboard inside a disintegrating envelope. However, if the art really appeals to me, I might notice a game I hadn't noticed before.
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While it's not the most important thing, how a game looks is important to me (as a game artist, it had better be! ). Since I'm new to boardgames I haven't encountered a situation where a game I already own has a shiny new edition, but when buying games I find I'm usually happy with the art of new editions, and usually either prefer it to the old one or am at least 50/50 on it. I can't really think of any where I heavily preferred the old art when deciding what edition to get (note: this is separate from whether the graphic design is better or not, which I've seen mixed results for)
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clearclaw wrote:
I'm having a hard time thinking of a game in which a later edition improved on the first edition's art.
I'm not.
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Art doesn't matter too much to me, so I couldn't say. Usually they screw up the remakes of the games I enjoy by changing rules for the worse.
 
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Ain't gonna happen, but I don't mind a few facelifts for some seriously old games I enjoyed... laugh

Board Game: Mystic War


 
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Art makes all the difference.

I hate zombie games, due to the gore.

I bought "I hate zombies" because the art was insanely good.

I Hate Zombies

ALSO

Check out this retheme for Fairy Tale:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/480734/re-theme
 
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I really don't care about the art, so long as it is highly functional and not distracting.
 
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clearclaw wrote:
I'm having a hard time thinking of a game in which a later edition improved on the first edition's art.
Lords of Scotland, definitely.
I bought the first edition based on the theme. I liked the gameplay, but the art was horrible. Then the second edition came out and even though it was double the price, I had to get it.
 
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Ain't gonna happen, but I don't mind a few facelifts for some seriously old games I enjoyed... laugh

Board Game: Mystic War


I've got a copy of that I picked up an eternity ago based on a recommendation in the pre-BGG era, but it's so eye-gougingly hideous I've never been able to bring myself to actually play it.
 
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Really excited for the new Grail Games version of Medici. It's a great game but was always let down by it's rather poor art design in the various releases.

Now the new art will make a great game even better
 
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Both Glory to Rome (as already mentioned) and Innovation were hugely improved by the artwork facelift. Seems Carl Chudyk has a thing for getting bad artwork in first editions :-D

 
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I don't Know if it´s enough to change an older version for the new one...
but definitely if there is a newer version with better artwork and I want the game, I´d go for the new...
almost always the newer edition has fixed mayor or minor issues in addition of the art changes..

Example came to mind: Dominant Species



edit: typo
 
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I generally like new editions - but there are some games that I prefer the older editions of:

Catan: I prefer the colour palette in 3rd edition because it's nice and dark. 4th edition (like Smallworld) is too cheery for me.

Caylus: The box cover with the grumpy king is representative of the (sometimes arbitrary) punishment you will receive in this game. It's a perfect fit - why change it?

Tigris and Euphrates: I like the colour choices and the elegant/minimalistic wooden components in the Mayfair edition (symmetrical player pieces = awesome).

Power Grid: Though Power Grid Deluxe doesn't technically replace Power Grid, I much prefer Power Grid's elegant minimalistic tendencies. The muted colour palette is very fitting.
 
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I rest my case.
 
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