Games that won you over with one single image.
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Games. I love them. You love them. Cats love them. Estonian women love them. Babies love them.

Sometimes we fall in love with them because of their intricate and beautiful gameplay. Sometimes we fall in love with them because of the 930 plastic miniatures that come with them.

But sometimes it's love at first sight.

This is a list to celebrate those games that have caught our attention with just ONE image here at BGG. The game may not even be out yet, or the game may actually be rubbish, but still that one image sent you utterly, head over heels, in gaming love.
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126. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:411]
Linda Baldwin
United States
White Plains
New York
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Nobody's added this one yet? Saw it "in the flesh" first, and was in love.
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127. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Ralph T
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Signal Hill
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I have yet to play but this picture put it on my want list from the moment I saw it. I highly suspect the game, despite its ranking, is not as good as the image.
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128. Board Game: Acqua Dolce [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6345]
Blake Morris
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Henrico
Virginia
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Just the box cover was enough to snag my attention on this one. It's clever and plays 2 to 5. The rest of the artwork is just as attractive.
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129. Board Game: Baltimore & Ohio: Maine Lumber Expansion [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
Breno K.
Brazil
Brasília
Distrito Federal
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130. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1125]
Ian McCarthy
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Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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Yup, I was accelerating towards geek-mania when I saw the picture of the box art for this game. My little collection was growing and this picture and the short description of the theme sold me.

I bought it and played the heck out of it, have since grown tired of playing it, but maybe I'll get the urge to play again if the right crowd appears.
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131. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:90]
J. Atkinson
United States
Grant
AL
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Maybe not be the best artwork overall, but still quite nice. But it's not the artwork that has me salivating. It's the word "CIVILIZATION"! The words Sid Meier helps too.

The board game inspired by my favorite PC game of all time which was inspired by a board game I have yet to play.
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132. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
J. Atkinson
United States
Grant
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Uhh...something about the pink/purple/blue draws me in...
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133. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:78]
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Though the art of this game is excellent it was rather the picture that
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painted in my head with his Review, that made me buy Space Alert asap.

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Imagine you and four friends are in a giant hamster ball. Now imagine that you have all been eating Snickers and drinking Red Bull for the last 48 hours. Now imagine that the hamster ball is careening down the Alps, bouncing off trees and skiers and dogs with whiskey barrels on their collars. Almost done - just one more thing - now imagine that you have to control this insane spherical avalanche of chaos, and that's Space Alert.
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134. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:943]
Jarrod A.
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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From the first moment I saw this in a magazine add, I knew I had to have it. Two expansions later, our games of WoWtBG look like this:

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135. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:704]
Anthony
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Lawton
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This is one of my favorite boxes. It first drew me into getting the game and several people have asekd about as it the cover is even nicer than the screenshot in my opinion.

Its also a fun game as well.
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136. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:191]
Jordan Elton
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Culpeper
Virginia
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The artwork is just beautiful!
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137. Board Game: Nanuk [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2483]
Brett Myers
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Madison
WI
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It wasn't technically this exact image that won me over on Nanuk, but it totally captures the sheer exuberance the players were experiencing that night back in February.




I can hear you wondering: why did you, one of the designers, need to be won over to Nanuk? Well, to tell you the truth, in the long development process with Steve Jackson Games, there were changes made in our original rules that I was a little uncomfortable with. I was teaching Nanuk with these new rules to a dozen of my friends and acquaintances, who all had very high expectations. I was nervous, to say the least. By the end of the evening, I was sold. The changes the Steve Jackson Games developers made were good. They make the game more spontaneous and accessible to casual players, and they make it a great party game.
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138. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:481]
Tim Park
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San Rafael
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I enjoyed this game at Yucata.de, but once I saw the pieces, I had to have it!
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139. Board Game: Interstellar Mayhem [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5664]
Stewart Pilling
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Worsley
Manchester
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Saw this at Essen. Looks fantastic, lots of fun to play. Looking forward to playing this more.
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140. Board Game: Bombay [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1467]
Stewart Pilling
United Kingdom
Worsley
Manchester
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It has very cute Elephants that have baskets on their back just big enough to place the small cubes into.
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141. Board Game: World Without End [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:312]
Stewart Pilling
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Worsley
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The artwork on this game is fantastic. It has to be good, just because it is a follow up to Pillars of the earth, which is fantastic.
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142. Board Game: Colonia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1456]
Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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This was it for me. The shear size, the colors and the name together with this picture and I knew I had to have it. Then I got it as a Christmas gift from my girl. Man, I was jumping for joy!
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143. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:282]
Fabio Binder
Brazil
Curitiba
PR
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I love abstract strategy. When I saw this picture I knew I would love Torres. Got it 10 days ago, it is worth, more than I had expected.

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144. Board Game: Hotel Tycoon [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:10865]
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Years ago I was searching for info on 3M Games and found the website, The Game Pile. http://www.gamepile.com

Along with a section on 3M games, he also had a section of reviews of other cool old games. This pic of Hotels (the same pic is here on BGG... with permission?) got my attention. All the 3D buildings make for a cool board.

Checking on Ebay, I saw it fetched some high dollars, so I wasn't going to get it that way. I finally stumbled on a copy at a tag sale, but it was unpunched... I knew it that condition it would fetch top dollar, so I sold it (got $76 IIRC). Luckily, I came across another copy not too long after. I kept that one.

It's not bad for a roll and move game, and my wife liked it... and it does look damn cool when all the buildings get placed...
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145. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:125]
Emiel Markhorst
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Amersfoort
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The first time I encountered this game was on the "Essen canonical list 2010" The post apocalyptic setting draw me into the picture. Just by taking a peek into this world through this image I was wondering how all this action could/would be translated into a playable game.
Only later I found out that it was a design from Chris Boelinger, creator of Dungeon Twister. That sealed the deal for me. Getting the actual game was a lot harder .I had set my mind on playing it during Christmas holliday, but due to heavy snow fall it was really hard to get here in Europe around that time.
No regrets here, it is awesome!!
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146. Board Game: Road Kill Rally [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1766]
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Worsley
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Getting to splatter grannies with zimmer frames and annoying kids with a ball, what's not to like?
 
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147. Board Game: Gute Freunde [Average Rating:4.59 Unranked]
Kathrin
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It's a game for children, and probably not even a very good one.
But I'm a known frogoholic, and I just couldn't resist the cuteness of these particular frog-eeples.
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148. Board Game: Hooop! [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4032]
Kathrin
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Not quite sure exactly which picture is to blame, since I saw several at once. Either way I couldn't resist the froggie cuteness. This one's even worse than the one above!

I think you're beginning to see the pattern...


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149. Board Game: Blockade Runner [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3209]
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These Numbskull titles all have interesting cover art.
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150. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:6821]
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Shocking! Isn't it?
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