• Kent Slocum

This Is Not An Art Gallery

My family has a long-standing tradition of playing the classic board game Mouse Trap every Halloween evening. As exciting as the game is, it can be more than a little frustrating when the dice fails to roll in your favor, leaving you without any cheese and even less luck. For decades, Americans have grown used to playing games with a lot of randomness and chance (think Monopoly, Candy Land, and Mouse Trap). But this addiction to prolonged misery is not a global phenomenon.

In fact, most of the rest of the developed world tends to play what are defined as "Euro-Style" games. You can read about all of the benefits here, but Euro-Style games usually rely more upon strategy than luck. In keeping with this more refined approach to gaming, Euro-Games also tend to feature far more mature artwork than the cartoonish illustrations that feature prominently on American shelves. The pictures below feature the art of Jakub Rozalski from the board game Scythe, demonstrating just how detailed and lush Euro-games can be. Although this game is set in a steampunk alternative version of the 1920s, I think you will agree that this artwork is subtle and thoughtful enough for an art gallery.

I have placed just a few of the best images below for you to browse. You may click on any one of them to enlarge the image.