For the Love of Art
Top 5 games Steve would buy just for the art alone
To some, board games have always been beautiful. To folks who love game design, a game like Catan or even
I’ve had my eye Feudum for a quite
Catherine Hamilton’s art on Evolution is breathtaking. Not content with just photo-realistic wildlife art, Hamilton beautifully adds a kaleidoscopic array of colors to her drawn creatures. The result is box and card art that is impossible to ignore. Images that simultaneously look familiar, yet alien. The use of colors draws the eye and begs the viewer to examine every anatomical detail of the depicted animals. I’ve yet to play this game but I am longing to add it to my collection to play and to pore over the card and component art. One of these days…
Savage Planet: The fate of Fantos
The Kickstarter for Savage Planet: The Fate of
Bargain Quest has you donning the role of a merchant in a fantasy world trying to sell your wares to hapless adventurer’s who are roaming the market streets and looking for the best gear for their upcoming quests. Just look at that cover! A first person view from the perspective of you, the merchant, gazing at three doe-eyed heroes as they peer into your shop like kids pining over a toy store window display. I already feel like tapping my fingers together like Mr. Burns as I eagerly anticipate pushing my items and goods on these strangers and I haven’t even opened the game box yet! Victoria Ying’s artwork on this game is spectacular. According to the game’s Kickstarter page Ying is a “veteran visual development artist who you may know from films such as Tangled, Frozen, and Big Hero 6.” And it shows. The heroes, shops, and items in this game feel like they are part of a 90’s era Disney cartoon that I wish existed! The game has a refreshing amount of gender and racial representation that just breathes more life and character into a world I can’t wait to inhabit.
I’ve spent a bit of time in Ryan Lauket’s universe and I’m always anticipating my next visit. I’ve journeyed across the world of Near and Far, built structures and collected resources in Above and Below and have sailed the island-populated seas of
Board game art is a big part of what I love about the hobby. Sure, the designs are of the utmost importance when determining a games enjoyment, but the art is what helps tell the stories. The art is what breathes life into what would otherwise just be some cardboard, paper and math. If you go on a trip to a fantastic place, I don’t want to read your itinerary, I want to see your postcards and photographs.
Picking five artists was impossibly difficult so I’ve included a handful of honorable mentions below.
Valeria: Card Kingdoms, Inis, Darwinauts, Viticulture, Scythe, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Dinosaur Island.