"Voyagers - a Moana Retheme of Ethnos" - Boardgames Subreddit

WOW. This is a year old post but wanted to share something cool. I'd really like to try something like this some day. Maybe not the part about making an entire game, but I'd love to illustrate an alternate art for games with an art direction that I don't quite like.

2 points by philryuh - updated 4 days ago | 20 comments | report | subscribe

Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 days ago | 2 points[-]

This is very cool and looks very well done. 

Skurvy5 Supporter4 days ago | 2 points[-]

I never thought that Ethnos was that ugly. Maybe I’m just too easy to please?

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Same here. To me the art is fine. Not fantastic, but not bad.

philryuh Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

@Skurvy5 @theDL My personal take on Ethnos is that there's a clash of different art directions that makes it a missed opportunity. It feels to me like they had 2 or 3 different people work on each aspect of the game without much communication/consideration of other's work. That may not be true, but it at least feels that way to me, where there are:

  • One person for the illustrations (which are great)
  • Another for the graphic design for the cards (which are just okay, but don't work well with the illustrations in my opinion, where the choice of the graphic elements and the background colors don't mesh all that well with the illustration)
  • And another person handling the components (the color choices just seem so random, where there's no one theme. You have the fairly muted illustrations, and then a bunch of fairly bright colors for the cards, and lots of them, and then you again have these bright, unconventional color selections for the components. There's no cohesive element I can see across all parts of the game)
  • Lastly, the board is way too bland in comparison to the amount of details given to the card illustrations and the cover.

As an example of what I think is better, here's a fan-made retheme that I think does a MUCH better job:

philryuh Supporter4 days ago | 2 points[-]

The Moana one does a really great job too in keeping everything cohesive!

WineScar Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

It seems so much simpler than ethnos as I saw it before... and more friendly... I've never tried it because it looks like a game I wouldn't enjoy... I know all about judging a book by it's cover, but I just make it lower priority to try and there is just so many other options... it might be greatand I'll just never get to it... I'd jump to play this version. 

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah that all makes sense. And a Gangs of New York theme? Interesting idea!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Amen to this. 

theDL 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Wow that is unbelievably well done. I don't dislike the art in Ethnos, but this art/theming is fantastic!

What games are you thinking you'd like to tackle?

philryuh Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Ethnos was one of them. I don't know if I'd ever go through the hassle of all of the DIY work but I'd love to come up with the art just for fun. Others include the cover art for #Great Western Trail and the clans in #Clans of Caledonia! For Clans, I'd want to go with a direction inspired by this artist, who is one of my many favorites/inspirations.

Skurvy5 Supporter4 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yuck, that cover for GWT is terrible. 

theDL 4 days ago | 2 points[-]

That's awesome! I'd love to see someone take on #Terraforming Mars and make it actually pretty, lol. Same with #Race for the Galaxy.

Skurvy5 Supporter4 days ago | 2 points[-]

Wow, yes. Both of those need serious art upgrades. 

theDL 4 days ago | 2 points[-]

A man can dream

WineScar Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

A while back I started a retheme of Glory to Rome with a wild west theme... I was gonna call it Glory to Deadwood.  I'll be honest, other things just took my attention away. It's difficult to see a project like this to the end, and produced. Even if it's a single copy.... the effort becomes tedious and you really gotta love it to make it happen on this level... serious props given. 

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh that sounds cool!

WineScar Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Also I would love the Marvel version of Splendor coming out at some point.... much better than Jewels

WineScar Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've been toying with a Ghostbusters themed targi.... 

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha that's awesome!

WineScar Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, Amazing.... I'd love this version of the game... 

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