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2018 – Best Artwork Nominees

Join us as we review the 2018 Best Artwork nominees for the Diamond Climber, the 1st Annual Meeple Mountain Board Game Awards.
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When you see a beautiful piece of artwork on the cover of a board game, you can’t help but be drawn in, wanting to find out more. Great artwork can engage a player, help immerse you in the game, and also make the game easier to play. The games in this category have proven that their art is beautiful to look at, but functional as well. Here are our nominees for Best Artwork of 2018.

Brass: Lancashire/Birmingham

Long a favorite of heavy gamers everywhere, Brass got a facelift and a re-titling in 2018. Reborn as Brass: Lancashire it features fantastic photorealistic artwork from the dynamic duo of David and Lina (collectively known as Mr. Cuddington).

Brass: Lancashire cover

Publisher: Roxley Games
Designer(s): Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, Martin Wallace
Artist(s): Mr. Cuddington (David ForestLina Cossette)

Treasure Island

Vincent Dutrait proves time and time again why he’s one of the best artists in all of board gaming, and why is his style is so immediately recognizable. The cover for Treasure Island is a gorgeous recreation of the classic story, full of intrigue, mystery, and color.

Treasure Island cover

Publisher: Matagot
Designer(s): Marc Paquien
Artist(s): Vincent Dutrait


Root took the gaming world by storm in 2017, raising over $600,000 on Kickstarter to bring their “woodland in strife” vision to life. When Root landed on people’s doorsteps and gamers started playing it, Root was almost universally acclaimed as a great game: with warring factions, asynchronous gameplay, and some of the most interesting meeples ever.

Root cover

Root’s artwork is…unconventional; seemingly more suited to a children’s novel than a tactical wargame. But the combination of it’s playful whimsical artwork and stripped down graphic design provide an interesting counterbalance to the confrontational nature of it’s gameplay. Even if you lose, it’s hard to be mad when you tell people you were beaten by a raccoon or some field mice.

Publisher: Leder Games
Designer(s): Cole Wehrle
Artist(s): Kyle Ferrin

Sunset Over Water

Sunset Over Water, skillfully illustrated by Beth Sobel, is a complete celebration of art. Every card features custom landscape scenes and in fact the entire game is centered about players becoming artists; journeying into the wilderness to capture lush portraits to sell to your patrons.

Sunset Over Water

Read our full review of Sunset Over Water.

Publisher: Pencil First Games
Designer(s): Eduardo Baraf, Steve Finn, Keith Matejka
Artist(s): Benjamin Shulman, Beth Sobel, Helen Zhu


Everdell is a breathtakingly beautiful game illustrated by Andrew Bosley who skillfully realized the world of Everdell. Everdell, and the other games on this list, prove that it’s not enough to have a good game, you must have a hook to draw us in. Andrew provides that hook with his lavish illustrations of anthropomorphic forest creatures which instantly transport you back to a childhood filled with RedwallThe Wind in the Willows, and Watership Down.

Everdell cover

Read our full review of Everdell.

Publisher: Starling Games
Designer(s): James A. Wilson
Artist(s): Andrew Bosley

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Andy Matthews

Founder of Meeple Mountain, editor in chief of MeepleMountain.com, and software engineer. Father of 4, husband to 1, lover of games, books, and movies, and all around nice guy. I run Nashville Game Night, and Nashville Tabletop Day.

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