The Most Beautiful Games
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These are not just games with nice pieces. These are not games that are necessarily the best games ever. These are not games with pretty bits. These are not games that look cool when you're playing them. These are those games that when seen... are just... beautiful. You wouldn't mind leaving these games out on your coffee table when your in-laws come over to visit.
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:133]
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There is nothing more beautiful than a completed game of go. After each one is done you will never see it again. Each game is like a snowflake: beautiful and different.
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2. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
 
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There are few games made with such varied, beautiful sets. Regardless of your taste for the game one would never go amiss upon your coffee table.
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3. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1169]
Brian Poe
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An elegant and simple design, a nice set of backgammon deserves a place of respect in your home.
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4. Board Game: Kalah [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:3564]
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The simple design of the board provides a pleasant and proud centerpiece for any home.
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5. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:537] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Brian Poe
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The prettiest of the Gipf project games. I would not be ashamed to display a game in progress.
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6. Board Game: Ido [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:8732]
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Based on a Piet Mondrian painting, this board and its pieces make an intriguing abstract sculpture.
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7. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1616]
Craig Blumer
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Oshkosh
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There are several very beautiful versions of cathedral.
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8. Board Game: The High Kings of Tara [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:10695]
Richard Irving
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Harrisburg
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I love how the pieces create Celtic knotwork as the game is being played.

This is a much nicer set than the one I own.
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9. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:563]
Mark Mellott
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Two games came to mind when I saw this list. Blokus...
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10. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1517]
Mark Mellott
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and Pente.

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11. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:189]
David
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On the right table, in the right lighting, I think this game can look very beautiful.
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12. Board Game: Skybridge [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7602]
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I haven't played it... but every time I pass it in the gaming store I'm sorely tempted.
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13. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1192]
Robert Rossney
United States
San Francisco
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I couldn't find any pictures of the board or cards for the Ravensburger edition of Hare & Tortoise, which is a shame: I think it's the most beautiful boardgame art I've ever seen.
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14. Board Game: Paradice [Average Rating:4.74 Unranked]
Geni Palladin
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Beautiful, but a lousy game
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15. Board Game: Abtei der wandernden Bücher [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Geni Palladin
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beautiful, but what would you expect for a price over 2000$?
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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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To me this is an example of an absolutely beautiful game.
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17. Board Game: Mouse Chaos [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:16583]
Robin
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I think this is a beautiful looking abstract. Or maybe its just the photographer's way of capturing the game.
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18. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:528]
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As beautiful a board as can be found.
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19. Board Game: Fire [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:10362]
Rob
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This could be mistaken for artwork.
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20. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:750]
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Another great looking game. With a map that can change depending on the expansion, this game is always changing its look, but the production value is always A+
 
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21. Board Game: Senet [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:6144] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
Van Overbay
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This image captured my attention a couple of weeks ago. A nice example of beautiful Egyptian artistry in the form of one of the earliest board games.
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22. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Thaelenk Tundra [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Hunter Shelburne
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San Marcos
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The Tundra set with the Ice Dragon sitting in front of a Glacier is really great looking to me, at least. All the fancy abstract stuff is almost TOO artsy for me.
 
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23. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:804]
Steve R Bullock
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Palm Coast
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This game is so wonderful-looking when done that you hate to take it apart and put it back in the box. I once even thought of buying a second game, gluing the pieces to the board, and hanging it on the wall like a painting. but I just couldn't mess up a sweet game like that...
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24. Board Game: Quads [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:6356]
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The game looks like a piece of modern art. Most of the Gigamic games have great production values.
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25. Board Game: Siena [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4105]
Matt Keyes
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Richardson
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How can one neglect Siena? Playing a game on top of a painting!
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