Let's talk about board game box covers! I had a bunch of random thoughts/questions in my head so I thought I'd make a thread to discuss all about them:
1. Not really a question, I just found it funny to see "age 10-99" on #The Quest for El Dorado's box haha
2. Do you prefer the traditional or the more artistic approach?
Lesser the better is often the approach in many of the modern art forms today. And even among recent Kickstarters, some publishers will prioritize the artistic presentation of the box and don't display any of the typical info on the front. I can see why the traditional format is important if you're targetting non-hobbyists or casual gamers, but for publishers such as Awaken Realms, it makes sense that if you're targetting hardcore gamers who aren't going in blindy, then info such as age, player count, and gameplay length really don't need to be displayed on the cover (especially if it won't see retail release).
I personally prefer the artistic approach. I especially don't like to see a box cover absolutely filled with random "awards" that a game has won from all sorts of international awards or content creators.
3. How much does art influence your purchase pattern?
Does art have a big impact in making you want to look further into a game or making you completely uninterested? Who are some artists that bring out the collector's side in you, where you find yourself imagining how nice it would look to have all of the games illustrated by them up on your shelf?
I'd never purchase a game just because one of my favorite artists illustrated it. But it can be a big factor in making me want to check out a game.
The Mico has been the closest to draw out my collector's side. In the first 6 months into the hobby, I often thought about how great the North Sea and West Kingdom series from Garphill Games would look on my shelf side by side.