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Worst icons in any game you have ever played
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A recent discussion about icons in a Race for the Galaxy thread prompted me to think of what were the WORST icons in a game I have ever seen. I have a couple of suggestions, but feel free to add your own and any story that might accompany them.

By the way, while difficult for the new gamer due to sheer quantity, RftG certainly doesn't have the worst.
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1. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:578] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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I bought this game and upon seeing at the mass of unintuitive icons, I immediately made up text paste-ups to cover them up - they are in the file section by the way. Had I not done so, I would NEVER have played this and I would have missed out on what is an excellent and fun game, and one that served to make me a Feld-a-holic.

Apparently, they realized how bad these were, that the sequel/expansion - Arena: Roma II went with straight text.
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2. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:597] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Yikes. Between the difficult to comprehend rules and the mass of icons and variation of icons, this can be a bear to get into. It's fiddly as well, but I like it. Once again, people in charge made the decision to change the icons in The New Era, probably for the better, but basically makes integrating the two virtually impossible.
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3. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:9]
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Wow. So many different (but similar-looking) buildings to keep track of and the knowledge tiles aren't a whole lot better. It's a really fun game, but newbies had better have the cheat sheet at hand.
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4. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:95]
 
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I think the icons on the public opinion cards are too similar in the Valley Games release of die Macher.
Check out the 1st, 2nd & 4th card on the top row of this pic.
The 1st is War on Global Terrorism, the 2nd is Economic Development, and the 4th is Nuclear Power, but on a small (5x7cm) card, it's hard for me to tell them apart from across the table. How about a simple nuclear symbol for the 4th one, for example?:

 
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5. Board Game: Constantinopolis [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:876]
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on the board, there is a turn summary. a short reminder of what you can do during each phase of a turn.



its incomprehensible.
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6. Board Game: Infernal Contraption [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2965]
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Help, I'm being held prisoner in an overtext typing facility! I don't have much time, they could find out at any m
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Why hello there, explosion of pastel colours that are significant somehow.
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7. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:721]
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OK, I'm all for making your game as language independent as possible. However, when you've reached the point where you actually add a symbol to some cards that means "read the rulebook" there's a problem...

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8. Board Game: Gloria Mundi [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2310]
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I spent 200 GG and all I got was this lousy overtext!
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It's a long time since I played this, but I recall the icons being very unhelpful.
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9. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:687]
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Should I stop doing the whole anagram thing?
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Do I have to learn Chinese to play this game?

And same for Shogi and all the other east Asian chess variants.
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