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I have a habit of buying cheap board games with nice or modular maps for my gaming buddy on his birthday. It started out a few years back with me finding some realy nice games in the sale shelf of my local friendly game store and is now like five years running. The prevoius games has been Eight minute empire, Axis and allies Angels 20, Arena of the planeswalkers and Tiny epic quest and one more that I forgot about.

Now, the time of year has come again. However, my success has been limited this time... I have not been able to find something that feels truly awesome. Do you have any suggestions? It is mostly a fun thing so the game quality in general is much less of a concern then the fact that it has an at least somewhat interersting or flashy map. Also it needs to be cheap(ish).

Any recommendations?

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I always liked the map for Objective:Moscow https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/6270/objective-moscow-de... just because of the unique orientation and projection. Russian paranoia portrayed in 2D. But in terms of esthetics of course it is fairly ordinary.
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If your gaming buddy has Dixit or Dixit: Odyssey the 10th anniversary expansion box is pretty cool Dixit: 10th Anniversary.

Ticket to Ride: New York - has taxis and it's awesome.
Fairy Tile - has miniatures and plays nice.
Jaipur - very cool for two players.
Kingdomino - has some little kings.
Lobo: 10° Aniversário - the tiles with sheep are cool.
Rhino Hero - it's a different and funny game.
Sushi Go! - the design is interesting.
Unstable Unicorns - your friend will betray you for unicorns.
Wazabi - has dice, so it's awesome.

Or you could go traditional with Carcassonne.
 
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ritajesus wrote:
If your gaming buddy has Dixit or Dixit: Odyssey the 10th anniversary expansion box is pretty cool Dixit: 10th Anniversary.

Ticket to Ride: New York - has taxis and it's awesome.
Fairy Tile - has miniatures and plays nice.
Jaipur - very cool for two players.
Kingdomino - has some little kings.
Lobo: 10° Aniversário - the tiles with sheep are cool.
Rhino Hero - it's a different and funny game.
Sushi Go! - the design is interesting.
Unstable Unicorns - your friend will betray you for unicorns.
Wazabi - has dice, so it's awesome.

Or you could go traditional with Carcassonne.


Where are the maps, though?

Nemo's War (second edition) has a nice map, but it's not cheap, and it's not easily found.
 
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Razoupaf wrote:
Where are the maps, though?
Considering that Fred has said «It is mostly a fun thing so the game quality in general is much less of a concern then the fact that it has an at least somewhat interersting or flashy map. Also it needs to be cheap(ish).» I went for cheap games where you construct your board while the game is occurring and I also have recommended some others that match having something interesting besides a map.
 
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King's Road


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It hasn`t come out yet, but Rurik: Dawn of Kiev is looking good!
 
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Second King's Road. Cheaper end even full price and that Dutrait art is the best part of the game.
 
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Thanks for all the recommendations all!

Battle of Rokugan and Fairy tale looks spot on. I will try to get my hands on one of those. Kings road looks very nice too, will keep that one for coming years.

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Wargames in general can have fascinating maps (except for purely open air or ocean), even for territory you know well or live in. I've read of American Civil War enthusiasts taking map boards or paper maps from games when they tour the battlefields.

And there's no shortage of maps that have lost their counters (and value.)
 
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Legends of Andor probably has the prettiest map I've ever seen.




Gloom of Kilforth has a map made of cards and the art is gorgeous.


Apocalypse Chaos has a 3d map, which makes it fairly unique.

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The latest A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) – Mother of Dragons expansion has a map add-on that makes the board sort of wonky, so they are also releasing a 3' by 3' deluxe playmat for only $40.



In all seriousness, I wonder if people who've bought this deluxe mat would be willing to sell/give away their original boards.
 
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If you are interested in wargames, I would recommend this thread.
 
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The Scythe map is good, and all of the artwork that comes with it is amazing.

Not exactly cheap though
 
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