Small yet gorgeous games!
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Ok, there are tons of geeklist for beautiful games with tons of great looking components such as Twilight Imperium or Galaxy Trucker.

However, this list is not about these games. Here we'll focus on smaller games because there are some games out there which are really nice to look at and don't come up so often because they still suffer from comparison to those monster boxes.

So let's make a geeklist about those games which are fairly small, don't have tons of components but are gorgeous.

Here are some restrictions:

-for size, let's say, boxes smaller than Race For The Galaxy's. (so RFTG doesn't fit the criteria, its expansions would however but... I mean, let's not include expansions either, ok?).

-No abstracts: just because there are many geeklists just for these ones too. Doesn't matter if the theme is stretched thin, but it doesn't have to be openly an abstract.

That's it.
Please add those you thnik fit the bill!

Edit: I deleted several items:
-Condotierre (56) as it had already been added before
-Taluva, though gorgeous, the box is too big to fit the criteria

I also changed the criteria and added that it's the boxes that have to be small (I realized afterwards that wasn't so much clear)
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26. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1276]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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I also love the artwork on this one and again it is fairly compact.
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27. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:362] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Allison dlr
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Belmont
California
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Another Kosmos game. The artwork on the cards is beautiful.
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28. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:238]
This is one that we play fairly frequently - it's so small that it's easy to stick it in the box/bag with a few other games.



The card art is nice, but people always seem to want to eat the "butterscotch candy" gold tokens.


Note: These are not my pictures. I used pictures from the Citadels gallery here at BGG.

Another Note: The box in the second picture is the old, larger box.
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29. Board Game: The Castle of the Devil [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1246]
Mirko
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In my opinion one of the best artwork ever. Amazing goth/fantasy/victorian characters. At least the main reason to play it.
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30. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:897]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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Oltre Mare's first edition was a must buy for me, not just because it is a nice game, but also for the shelf-friendliness of the box. Same goes for Ornella's previous game Fantasy Pub
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31. Board Game: Sitting Ducks Gallery [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2422]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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Love this one, too. The Amigo edition is just a little card game, so it fits this list perfectly.
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32. Board Game: Corps Command: Totensonntag [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2763]
J. Santos
Spain
Santiago de Compostela
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Small and gorgeous, for wargame standards at least. 88 beautiful counters and a mounted map, all inside a box smaller than some paperback books:



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33. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:109]
Not really Ryan Leaf
United States
Texas
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wait.. what?


don't judge me!
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34. Board Game: Medici vs Strozzi [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1353]
Steve B.
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Southern
New Jersey
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I like the look of Medici vs Strozzi

 
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35. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:722]
Benski Dayley
United States
West Jordan
Utah
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This is a big game in a little box.

I love the artwork on each individual card.

I would put the pictures up...but I'm not familiar with how to do that.
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36. Board Game: Frantic Frankfurt [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:11358]
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I like the modern style of these cards.






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37. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:131]
J S
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Austin
Texas
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Love it or hate it, there is some fine art amongst the billions of different cards.
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38. Board Game: König von Siam [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:740]
Kris Moulton
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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I've always liked the design of this small game. Plays great too.






 
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39. Board Game: Times Square [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1973]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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I like the style of the cards and the large, chess-sized wooden figures.

And each time I play it I find it better and better. It's a good game that needs time to prove it.
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40. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1385]
William Durbau
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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This game is truly beautiful despite the lot of white, and the artwork is, as usual for Days Of Wonder Games, really nice and stimulating imagination.





And there is even a necklace included in the box!

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41. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1195]
William Durbau
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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Well, for this one it is just my personnal opinion, but I think that, at least for the 2005 Days of Wonder version of the game, the box and content are very classy and nice to look at even if they are not extravagant or anything.

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42. Board Game: Wooly Bully [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2102]
William Durbau
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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This one may not be the most gorgeous game of all time, but as it is a small game and has nice parts, I thought that it would be nice to give it a chance in the category.





When the tiles are placed, they form a really cool figure, I think.

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43. Board Game: Naval Battles [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3526]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Providing you like artwork of modern warships, this game is gorgeous to look at...
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44. Board Game: Starship Catan [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:631]
Karen Miller
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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I love the look of this game! Small box with lots of gorgeous looking components...and it's fun to play...what's not to like??!!
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45. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:691]
Eric Lund
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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I think Tsuro is a wonderful small game. The rules are simple, and the components are entrancing. Find your inner peace.

Just look at this box!


Check out these tiles. The tile fronts all have unique backgrounds:



The player stones are beautifully etched:


And the board is also gorgeous:


So is the rulebook:


In short, Tsuro pretty.
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46. Board Game: Cannonball Colony [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4335]
Kevin Gordon
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Meridian
Idaho
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I had a hard time deciding whether or not to add this game because it's not THE most gorgeous game out there...but the components really are quite nice. The box art isnt the best, but the game looks pretty darn good while being played. And it's definetly small...

On top of all this I think the game is a lot of fun!
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47. Board Game: Animalia [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2758]
Daisy Manning
Canada
Mount Pearl
Newfoundland
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I absolutely love the artwork in this game.

Beautiful cards:



And the coins for scoring:


The game is not overly large, but if you consider the original too large, there is the travel version:
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48. Board Game: Zombie in my Pocket [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:4374]
David Henry
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Anaheim
California
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It's fits right in your pocket. Both versions are great, but the new one definatly gets the nod for looking pretty.

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49. Board Game: Bakong [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9331]
Joe Norris
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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Beautiful components in this game. Tiles are really well done and do a good job of capturing the imagery of Cambodia. A simple, light, but fun game in my opinion.
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50. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:260]
Joe Norris
United States
Dublin
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Another card game, but elegant and beautiful nonetheless. A very fun game in my opinion.
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