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After recently opening up Pillars Of The Earth I was awestruck by the board illustration. Looking through the beautiful artwork and detail I realised how much I appreciate beautiful gameboards, so I set out to make a list of beautiful painted-like boards. Being large, is always a plus!

Note that I am not looking for beautiful abstract boards, like hekla or yinsh. (although I'd be tempted to add hekla, its a beautiful board). I am looking for more "detail" and a handpainted feel, possibly moving away from geometric forms.

Still, if it's beautiful and, most of all, feels special, then it probably is, and it belongs here.

So there it is, I am a sucker for beautiful boards!

feel free to add, just get a feel for the list by my submissions first!
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126. Board Game: The Legend of Landlock [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:5196]
Christine Doiron
United States
Juneau
Alaska
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We love the pretty picture you make when the game is complete.
 
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127. Board Game: Animorphs: The Invasion Game [Average Rating:4.08 Unranked]
Christine Doiron
United States
Juneau
Alaska
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Don't enjoy the game, but the board still is pretty.
 
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128. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:531]
Eric Schlais
United States
Minnesota
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the Valley Games version is very nic IMO.
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129. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:170]
Stephen Shaw
United States
Columbus
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How did this list get so far without the mention of Indonesia?! I love its muted colors, and unintelligible font!
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130. Board Game: Chennault's First Fight [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:6267]
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Delicate map with air and groud features.
 
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131. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:125]
Andrew Watson
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Bethesda
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Lovely board, varying in size according to number of players.
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132. Board Game: Atmosfear: The DVD Board Game [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:9231]
Ari Heino
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Although I don't like the game, the board is nice.
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133. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:261]
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I'm moving on dangerous water but I'll give it a try!
In the picture is the board for my re-themed Lost Cities. I like it a lot and got positive feedback from others too.
 
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134. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:443]
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135. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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I'm quite surprised Heroscape hasn't been mentioned yet.
I got myself several sets of Heroscape just for the game board elements. I've played lots of Battletech games (and Axis and Allies Miniatures) on these tiles, more than any Heroscape games.
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136. Board Game: Bombay [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1465]
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137. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:541]
 
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138. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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139. Board Game: Giants [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:602]
Carsten Buettemeier
Germany
Bremen
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Oh, c'mon guys, this list has 130+ entries and nobody mentioned one of the most fantastic boards ever done? The board of Giants has such nice details, so greatly chosen colors and is nevertheless that functional, that this one has to be on this list!
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140. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:291]
Rafaël Theunis
Belgium
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The reworked version of Genoa is also a gem.... love boards filled with details!
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141. Board Game: A Castle for All Seasons [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:740]
Rafaël Theunis
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Menzel really is one of the best, after stone age, pillars, cuba and many others this one should daf not be left out. PLUS the winter side is equally beautiful.

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142. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1105]
Rafaël Theunis
Belgium
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Mike Doyle has to be my fave artist (though Mnezel and Coimbra are amazing too), but the amount of graphical details on Doyle's boards is breathtaking. Love the game, love the graphics.
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143. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
Rafaël Theunis
Belgium
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I find the "regular" version to be very very bland, but this limited edition is quite spectacular (esp. the box is amazing) Love how it's set to look like a medieval tapestry.
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144. Board Game: El Capitán [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:852]
Rafaël Theunis
Belgium
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It's true some find it busy, but again: so many details in each painting depicting one of the cities around the meditterenean.... i'm gonna frame this one one day
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145. Board Game: Municipium [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1403]
Rafaël Theunis
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What I admire about Mike Doyle's work is that he adapts his style to the period the game is set in. Here the perspective is not right but it just makes it all the more suitable. the back of the cards with the mosaic tretment are fab!
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146. Board Game: Royal Palace [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:713]
Rafaël Theunis
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A board in two parts, brilliantly executed my Michael Menzel. the moods for each chamber are very different but it all beland well togeter with his typical use of warm hues. a pleasure to look at when you're waiting for your turn to collect nobles
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147. Board Game: Valdora [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:804]
 
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I'm usually not a big fan of Franz Vohwinkel's, but this board is truely wonderful to behold. And the famous "books" make it look even better. very, very nice work.
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148. Board Game: World Without End [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:310]
Aurelio Agustin
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michael menzel at his best. Amazing Board
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149. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:175]
Aurelio Agustin
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I think this board is very easy on the eyes
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150. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:127]
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If we're talking artwork, then Endeavor does a nice job of using the theme of old maps.
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