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Some Guy
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Which games do you think have the best and worst components? Pieces, manuals, boxes, all that jazz. This has nothing to do with how good or bad the game itself is, just what's in the box. And the quality of the box itself.

(From my small collection: )
Best: Letters from Whitechapel. The board, tokens, and pawns are all amazing.
Ticket To Ride: The best game insert ever.

Worst: Catan has probably the worst manual I have ever seen. If I didn't already know how to play it, I'd probably never learn. I've almost fallen asleep trying to read it.
Lords of Waterdeep expansion has a pretty terrible insert. The base game I can live with, but Skullport doesn't even fit the meeples properly (or at least my copy)
 
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Only 1 game of mine has the stock insert and it is Small World.

Dominant Species is my favourite component wise. Polis also has very nice components.

The money for panamax is pretty bad.
 
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Of all my games, I think Francis Drake has the best production values. the pieces are wonderful, and really amp up the theme. The insert and box layout are simply perfect. It is really beautiful.
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Fun you ask , because I openend for the first time the box of Eight-Minute Empire: Legends and its expansion, Eight-Minute Empire: Lost Lands and stared in amazement at what is without doubt the most beautiful game ofmy collection.

It simply perfect. The art is evocative the cardboard is tick and heavy and the cards must be 400gr for how they feel.

From the other side of the spectrum there is the manual of Tragedy Looper who is the culprit for this game being yet to be brought to the table at least once
 
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From my small collection I'd say that best quality would be:

Small WorldSmall World (insert especially)
TakenokoTakenoko (everything!)

An aside on inserts - the only game other than the above where I kept the insert was KrosmasterKrosmaster: Arena.


The worst quality I have in my collection would be, without doubt:

12 Realms (artwork, most of the minis, fuzzy looking print)

 
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The best looking games in my collection are probably Krosmaster Arena, Kemet, Kaosball, Takenoko, and Ticket To Ride 10th Anniversary edition.

All of them look amazing set up.

Worst components? Hmm. Um. Hmmm... I can't think of any gamea I own that have actively bad components.

EDIT: WAIT NO, Betrayal on the House on the Hill has trash components. How are those clips even supposed to do anything.
 
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Best:
Man, that's kinda tough. I have a few that are oogle-worthy and/or great quality but my absolute favorite is Above and Below. It's freakin' gorgeous and you can play with either the wooden components (which are really great colors and shapes) or the cardboard tokens which are covered with more of the awesome artwork. The rulebook and encounter books are both well laid out and the encounter book, which is referenced frequently, is spiral bound. I feel like I'm playing with some kind of high-end designer game.

Coolest Looking Insert: Onirim (second edition). The rulebooks and insert all fit together to make the nightmare creature from the cards. The insert is covered in faux velvet too.

Worst:
The worst rulebook was definitely a tie between Daemon Dice and Munchkin Quest. We have yet to complete a game for either of those because the rules confused us a lot.

The worst insert is a tie between Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game and Dead Men Tell No Tales. In Boss Monster, the cards can get stuck in the insert because they slide under things. And the insert for Dead Men Tell No Tales MUST be modified. Otherwise you cannot get your punched out components into the box.

For worst components, some Dice Masters sets, especially the early ones. In the earlier sets, the dice were often poorly molded and the colored paint was coming off before they were even opened. Sometimes dice will also be chipped, warped, or smaller than the rest. This seriously has me questioning the balance of some of the dice.
 
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Touchfuzzy wrote:
EDIT: WAIT NO, Betrayal on the House on the Hill has trash components. How are those clips even supposed to do anything.


That's interesting. Ours work fine. I'd rate them on par with Zombicide's clips. They're not great but I've definitely seen worse.
 
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Eric Chiriboga
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Best:
Merchants & Marauders
Intentionally asymmetrical coins, treasure chests made out of cardboard, cards that have the same background as the board upon which you place them. Just unnecessarily great components.


Worst:
Battleground
Art that looks kind of simple and photoshopped, not a great rulebook, and cards from which its hard to erase the dry-erase markers.
 
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