Games you hesitate to/didn't buy because the artwork turns you off
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We all have games where we love the artwork, and maybe even bought the game based on how the pieces/board look. Maybe the game didn't even get good reviews, but we bought it anyway.

How about games you didn't buy, or still hesitate to buy because the presentation turns you off? I'll start with...
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26. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:365]
Allison dlr
United States
Belmont
California
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The box cover doesn't look so bad, but the cards screamed "trashy fantasy porn" to me... Sorry. Not all gamers are horny males. I might like the game mechanics enough to overlook the art, but there would be no way I could get any friends to play this one.
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27. Board Game: The Sun Never Sets [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:6075]
Peter Pariseau
United States
Tulsa
Oklahoma
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There are lots of bad wargame box illustrations. But no one has ever screwed up as many promising wargames as the map artist hack supremo, David McElhannon. At least I could avoid his "art" if the game didn't come as part of an S&T subscription, so I don't have wasted money invested in Sun Never Sets.

But I have some deeply disappointing issues of S&T lying unpunched in my closet, potentially great games ignored due to triangular mountains, fat wormy rivers, crude cities, cartoon borders and generally crappy terrain representations. Check out:

Hundred Years War
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/10214

30 Years War
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/10256

First Afghan War
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/10264

Reinforce the Right
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/10995


Thanks for all the hard work, Dave.
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28. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:319]
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The color of the camels just turns me off. No clue what they were thinking... "Let's make a game that appeals to kids and women too."

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29. Board Game: Death in the Trenches: The Great War, 1914-1918 [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:5433]
Peter Pariseau
United States
Tulsa
Oklahoma
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Sounds like a good game, has great word of mouth, but I just can't imagine looking at this map for hours....
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30. Board Game: Steam Tunnel [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:8136]
Julie Miller
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I just can't bring myself to purchase any Cheapass game with the awful black & white artwork. I know they are going for a niche market and their games are inexpensive and maybe some of them are even good (I never made the effort to find out), but I just can't get past the ugly look of these games.
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31. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:258]
Rob Brock
United States
Minnesota
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Every time I suggest this game to my wife, she just isn't interested. We both agree that it is a great game, but she can't get past the artwork. I got it about a year ago, but I haven't gotten it to the table many times since then. I've tried to paint the art in a positive light, saying it's like a beautiful old-world map, but she doesn't buy it. She says it looks bland with all the shades of brown, and it looks boring. I generally like to pick up game expansions when they are released, but my wife's aversion to the artwork in this game has caused me to avoid the Thurn and Taxis expansions.
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32. Board Game: Imperator [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:9830]
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This is listed as Imperator, but it first came out as King of Kings. Check out the cheesy illustration the left, the original artwork. I still bought it but I always feel like I havto hide it. Like the original cover of the Scorpions' album Lovedrive.
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33. Board Game: Imperium Romanum: The Clash of Legions [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked]
Magister Ludi
Australia
Fremantle
Western Australia
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Just horrible...not too bad a game however from th venerable Al Nofi one you apply the odd ton of errata.
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34. Board Game: Successors (second edition) [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1683]
Magister Ludi
Australia
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The 'gore on' setting on the box unfortunately turns people off what is essentially a great multiplayer game.
 
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35. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:824]
Igor Kwiatkowski
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I actually have this game and quite like it, but the artwork on the cards is so hideous that I actively avert my eyes while playing. I also try to get rid of the red muscle cards ASAP because they're the worst. It doesn't help that some of the images are recycled on other cards. I like the board though.
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Andy M
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Norwich
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These guys are in a class of their own.
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37. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1315]
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The game sounds like it would be fun to play, I like other games by the designers. The price was good. BUT... the art just kind of makes me sick. I can't stand that "fashion" style. gulp
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38. Board Game Publisher: Cheapass Games
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I sorta like the concept but... well... yeah...
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39. Board Game: Operation Husky: The Campaign for Sicily [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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In case you didn't see the beauty of it?

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40. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:585]
Kevin Bourrillion
United States
Mountain View
CA
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EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.
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41. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:984]
Jacob Russell
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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When I first saw the box art from Cary Nord and the new Conan series from Dark Horse I was very excited. I love Cary Nord and Conan... how could this be bad. Well the game still isn't out yet but they now have new box art... it looks gaudy and nothing like Conan at all. How many people will be turned off by that?

- J
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42. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:362]
Guillaume G.
Switzerland
Genève
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The game looks to me like it was made with Paint and some cliparts!
That being said, it is enjoyable to play (especially very fluid... A rare but important quality)... But I couldn't buy it.
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43. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1137]
Guillaume G.
Switzerland
Genève
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I think overall games from Eggertspiele are not famous for their artwork. Space dealer is another good example. It's really a "no go" for me (even if their games are usually considered "good").
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44. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:61]
Guillaume G.
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Another example of game I don't own primarily because of its look. I don't know what the next Age of Steam will be called (Rails to Riches) but that's the one I'll be probably purchasing (if a minimum effort can be set on the artwork side) even if the rules are slightly different.
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45. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Guillaume G.
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I'm sorry to say so but this game is so ugly (according to my standards) that I did accept to even try it. I didn't want to stare at this board for 3 hours.

That's really a matter of taste but I can't go over a minimum quality of artwork. I'm not looking for detailed graphics or fancy components: plain cubes and simple but elegant drawings are fine (example: T&E by Doris Matthaüs, FvF by Franz Vohwinkel) but I currently can't see myself purchasing any Eggertspiele or Warfrog games despite of their renown quality (even if there are some exceptions - example: Byzantium). That's a shame but that's the situation.
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46. Board Game: Tide of Iron: Days of the Fox [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Markus Pausch
Germany
Frankfurt
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I really like the TOI system and I wanted to have those 88s und british tanks. But with a nazi "war hero" on the cover... I really don't know. shake Looks like some nazi propaganda poster.
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47. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:475]
David F
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Emeryville
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The only thing that's stopped me from buying this game is the box art and components. I might even consider [url]using Ice Flow bits to play this game[/url].
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48. Board Game: Liebe & Intrige [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4376]
Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
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I ultimately rejected this game because of the cover. I still don't know if that was the right decision to make, but because of this (and to an extent the artwork on components) I could not bring myself to even ask about the game at Essen last year.

Who knows - it may have had a decent game underneath. Marry off your daughters for points - can't be that bad. But I think my manly swagger would have took on a camp aspect had I been seen carrying this pink, flowery chick-flick of a game under my arm.

Seriously though, if there's enough game under that Mills & Booon cover I might be persuaded to play it.*




*I'm probably talking around ten pints of Guinness persuasion here.
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49. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:164]
Jeffery Qualey
United States
Odenton
Maryland
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I should have a copy of "regular" Settlers in my collection. I have Canaan.

I like the concept of the 4th edition frame, but not the artwork/colors. I'm not fond of the cards either.
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50. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:189]
Zack W.
United States
Topeka
Kansas
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The game itself wasn't too bad. First impressions from the box were not good though. We had a guy in our group who really wanted to play it and he got mad because we were all making fun of it.
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