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The cute details that make an attentive gamer happy!
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I don't know if you are like me, but I like to examine every little detail of a new game when I unwrap one. Occasionally, I discover little treasures of refinement, humor or both in the art design.

I start this first geeklist of mine with the hope that you will show your own little visual details that make you smile with the simple joy of finding that the game designers did pay attention to everything, even what could go almost unnoticed.
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26. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:173]
Robert Lavarnway
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Horseheads
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The box insert for Fresco looks like the interior of an art studio, with a door to a courtyard.
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27. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:631]
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Almost every tunnel card in Saboteur has some sort of interesting detail on it. In the top left, mice are apparently able to chew holes through the rock...

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28. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:44]
Nicola Gambetti
Italy
Bolzano
Trento
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I don't like Ora et Labora. I can't even stand it. Nonetheless, there's a detail on a single card I love.



In a forest card (in the image above it's the second from left in the higher row) you can see a blue man dancing: every time I see this card I can't help but think this dancing little man closely resembles the famous Tom Bombadil drawing the Hildrebrandt brothers drew in the 70s:

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29. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:49]
Alex Radcliffe BoardGameCo
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Charlotte
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Stone Age will still always be one of the most detailed games I've ever seen. My personal favorite bit was always the guy chatting up the girl outside the population hut. You can see it below (go to original size if you can't really see).

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30. Board Game: Famiglia [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1003]
Yigit Yurt
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Famiglia game, all cards have continuous background artwork!




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31. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:147]
Zé Mário
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This is still my favourite. The names on the graves are the people involved in the development, such as playtesters.
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32. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:217]
Matt Pattemore
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Christchurch
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Belfort has one of the most detailed boards I've come across. This is probably the most widely recognisable - the sale of wood, sheep, grain, ore, and brick in the streets of the city. My personal favourite are the gatehouse guards diligently reading the rulebook for Belfort.


A list of all (most?) of the inside image jokes is in Ender's thread here.
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33. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:436]
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Primordial Soup is another one. It does not only come with funny images of amoeba depicting each and every gene variant, but it also has hidden hedgehogs quoting Igel Ärgern (also from "Doris & Frank Spiele).
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34. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:214]
 
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The art in this game is amazing. We started playing our first game yesterday and spent much time looking for cool details on the tiles.

Capt. Nemo's Ship entering the mountain:


A whale skeleton on the beach:



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35. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:222]
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These don't exist in the newest Hasbrolon Hill edition, but in the previous edition:

On the front of Hammerbot, are the words "DON'T MOVE".

On the Self-Destruct option, the grenade in the picture has the words "Let there be light" painted on it. A reference to Dark Star, a laughably bad sci-fi movie from the late 70's - the ship's AI computer says this right before self-destructing.

The index number for "The Big One" - the huge-bomb-dropping option - starts with DOH. All the other options have a simple three-letter abbreviation, like SHD for Shield, TUR for Turret, HPL for High Power Laser, etc.
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36. Board Game: Dixit: Journey [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Matt Bowles
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It seems like a silly thing to point out as the entire game is built around the abstractly themed and heavily detailed drawings.

I don't have the original Dixit but I imagine it is similar to the Journey edition - one example below.


so much to think about and talk about, and draw out, and easily miss too.
Great work by the artists!!
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37. Board Game: Adlungland [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:5820]
Julian Clarke
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Watson
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I guess the artwork for this is obvious, but cute nevertheless. The Adlung Spiele theme park has rides which are all Adlung Games. You need to go up to original size on the image to see them.
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38. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:126]
Bill Bross
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The board for this game is absolutely beautiful. There are little details sprinkled all over the place, and part of the fun of the game is getting to stare at the board for a couple hours

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39. Board Game: Dominion: Dark Ages [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
David Goldfarb
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Houston
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Compare Pillage, from Dark Ages:


to the base set Village:


...they're clearly happening in the same place.
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40. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:162]
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I will add some age/players/time icons because I like when the designers put so much attention to details in their game as to create icons that reflect the flavor of the game.

This one, for example, states clearly that the games is for bamboos of eight sections or more (taller bamboos must have a better view of the game), but also for two to four pandas.

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41. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:112]
François + Daphné
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The monsters on these icons are a little bit disproportionate: magic creates so many abnormalities... But, having arms so long must motivate you to be a good clock!

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42. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:249]
François + Daphné
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Saint-Hyacinthe
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Like every illustrations in this game, the players/age/time image here offers an idealistic version of the future where building is made in harmony with nature. I like this atmosphere.

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43. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:90]
François + Daphné
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Saint-Hyacinthe
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These Indians sure seem happy to have played from three to three and a half. And, by the way, great beard for a twelve-year-old!

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44. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:132]
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Saint-Hyacinthe
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To play this game you must find one to four really agile people, preferably taoist monks who know how to sit in the lotus posture... And even if you find these people, you will lose... having great fun!

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45. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:94]
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This game plays better with two to four identical alien twins without a mouth and with fathers with knee problems who like to break the egg of their offspring.

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46. Board Game: Quarriors! Quarmageddon [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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The targeted audience for this game must have lived long enough to either have black teeth or an eye for multiplication. For a good game, you must oppose a lawful good dwarf with a chaotic evil beast, preferably without legs.

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47. Board Game: Quarriors! Quest of the Qladiator [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Saint-Hyacinthe
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In this sequel from the precedent game, you must be rectangles with a mouth that splits your head in two or people with strange tastes for hats.

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48. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:962]
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Love the alligator pit. Looks cool!

There are quite a few little details on the board which really add to the whole exploration experience.

While this isn't relevant to The Adventurers, I also like when games come with soundtracks.
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49. Board Game: Cranium WOW [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2581]
Matt Bowles
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The creators of this edition of the Cranium game added clever yet silly remarks all over the box.
No staple of the standard box information was immune from their mischievous tampering.



the side of the box has a funny disclaimer but I can't find a photo of it.

My favourite line is top centre:
"100% NEW STUFF
16% MORE SHOUTING*, 22% MORE FUN*,
9% MORE OUTRAGEOUS*, 100% MORE PERCENTAGES *RESULTS MAY VARY"

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50. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:61]
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I don't know what is the exact link between the Vitruvian man and the age of the players, but it sure is beautiful and very well related to the Renaissance.

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