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Andrew Hopkins
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I have been searching for the perfect Civ-lite for a while now (which I'll define here as a full civ game with a max play time of 1/2 hour per player). I've tried Historia, Antike II, Tempus and a bunch of others. In my opinion, The Golden Ages is the perfect Civ-lite. However, having owned and enjoyed it, in the end I parted with it primarily for the, admittedly deeply shallow, reason that I just absolutely hate the art.

Alexandre Roche's work is loved by many on BGG, but I'm not a fan of his work on this game. I think it hurts the game and while I have zero evidence, I suggest that it also hurts sales, as casual purchasers may not look beyond the box art.

What I would love to see is a reprint with different (more conventional) art. Maybe The Golden Ages (Black box edition). Like Glory to Rome black box edition which completely did away with the cartoony art for a more minimalist grown up look.

It doesn't need to be the traditional bland euro art (typically with an old man frowning on the front cover!), it could still be vaguly cartoony (similar to Patchistory or Historia card art).

I really think the publishers should seriously consider issuing any new editions with different art. I am certain they will see increased sales. I for one would certainly buy the game again.

While I'm at it, any new edition should limit the language independance by including some text on the cards (perhaps the name of the wonders and leaders and a small description of their powers). They should also increase the size of the leader icons and numbers on the cards.

If enough people agree with this post, perhaps the publishers would consider changing the art for the next edition. I'm interested to know what others think?
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Actually, I like the art. But I agree with adding text to the cards. When I play, I am constantly looking up the names of the buildings, wonders, and such because I like to know how my civilization is growing. I really want to write the titles on all the cards, but am reluctant to do so.

edit: typo
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Enon Sci
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I second this desire.
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Agreed - really like the look of this game but definitely put off by the art style
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I'd like to see new art as well. Despite it being recommended by many people, I just can't see past the art.
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dkim06 wrote:
I'd like to see new art as well. Despite it being recommended by many people, I just can't see past the art.


Not only is it ugly, the iconography and graphic design make the game difficult to play, teach and learn. After all these years I guess I should be used to poor design and art in board games, but things lately seem to have improved. Not with this one, it sets the bar pretty low in terms of both artwork and function.
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CARL SKUTSCH
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How strange. The art is part of why I bought the game. So pretty.
 
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I think it's easily the ugliest game in my collection of over 100 games. Imagine if it had great art like a Pillars of the Earth or a Navegador, wow it would be a great thing.
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Simon Maynard
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It seems like a running theme with civilisation themed board games to have poor/amateurish art.

In Historia the cards look like rough sketches:



Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is pretty embarrassing (although the new edition seems to have improved the art):



Even Nations isn't much better:



Innovation is another example (although the Iello version has more attractive artwork at the expense of clarity):



That said, I don't think any of them are that terrible that it would put me off buying the game and of course it is all quite subjective anyway.
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Georg Bauer
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I actually really like the art. Sure, it is different, but I like my games different and the art really is coherent, which is much more important to me (I hate games where different art styles are used - I even hunt down cards in different styles for Magic the Gathering to have my decks look better). And I really like the language independence - after a few plays, the icons are much faster to nitice than actual text. The one quibble I have, though, are the ridiculous small leader heads on wonders to denote "gets the wonder cheaper" - impossible to see from anyway farther than 20cm away ...
 
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