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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #350 on: October 19, 2015, 06:46:42 pm »
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #351 on: October 19, 2015, 07:16:44 pm »
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #352 on: October 19, 2015, 07:33:59 pm »
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So I guess Outpost is the best $5 Seaside art card ... ever.  I mean, I guess they can't all be.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #353 on: October 20, 2015, 02:36:59 pm »
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I think the ships in Haven aren't actually going anywhere. They aren't using sails nor oars and aren't making a wake.

Yet, you can still wonder what will they be headed for as soon as they'll leave.  :P
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #354 on: October 20, 2015, 06:00:25 pm »
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4. Salvager



Swimming with a broken leg... this guy is just asking for it.

Come on, I wasn't being serious. You can stop writing that reply now. The colors are great, the lighting is nice, and he made Goko tolerable. I'm also a fan of the way the salvager's hair is drawn.

Now someone is going to explain how the person is not the salvager somehow because I'm usually wrong about these things. I hope we've all come to expect that at this point.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #355 on: October 20, 2015, 06:02:50 pm »
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The salvager is actually the pink sea anemone in the foreground.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #356 on: October 21, 2015, 03:42:17 pm »
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3. Lighthouse



The thing that impresses me most here is the sky. There are an ominous assortion of colors that blend well with the orange background and make us fear the oncoming storm. This, with the lone details of a ship in the distance and a man eating a BLT near the coast, create a captivating piece. Say the artist's name five times fast.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #357 on: October 22, 2015, 02:58:16 pm »
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2. Native Village, Island, and Pirate Ship



So none of these cards have the best art in the set. I don't think so, anyway. I'm giving extra points for effort here. The concept of three interconnected cards with a similar theme and even some player mats as a novelty is super cool. It's the kind of divergence from the norm I would have liked to see on the cards more often, though at least in this case it makes these cards stand out. (We'll see a similar thing in Adventures)

Tomorrow I'll be wrapping up Seaside and then entering the misunderstood Alchemy expansion.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #358 on: October 22, 2015, 03:13:38 pm »
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Outpost does have quite nice art.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #359 on: October 22, 2015, 03:44:53 pm »
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+1 for calling alchemy misunderstood.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #360 on: October 22, 2015, 05:26:36 pm »
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I've always been puzzled by the art in Island. Is that a snowy mountain or just a weird-looking cloud?
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #361 on: October 23, 2015, 02:28:32 pm »
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1. Outpost



A fitting end to the Seaside rankings; the Outpost has some of the best-looking water seen in the Dominion canon. This lone building seems strong and defended by nature itself, marvelously looking over fierce waves that threaten any unsavory invaders. What are they hiding in there? Perhaps the ruler himself. Perhaps his Halloween candy. None will ever know.



Seaside was overall a marked improvement artistically. The addition of metal tokens and mats add some flavor that improve the experience too, and who can dislike that lovely shade of orange? The box art is pretty good too. Men in pointy hats are standing around the bay, the ship looks awesome, and the sky/buildings reflect the flavor of the art within quite well. Dominion had found its aesthetic footing. What could possibly go wrong? (Remember that line for when we get to Guilds)

My average rating for Seaside is 6.73. Seems lower than expected, but it's mostly because there are a lot of middling cards, one outlier in Navigator, and the great art isn't up to the level of what's in, say, Hinterlands.

Current ranking:
Seaside 6.73
Base 6.4
Intrigue 6.02
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #362 on: October 23, 2015, 03:14:53 pm »
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The bridge on the left is man-made, but the one on the right is natural?
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #363 on: October 24, 2015, 11:36:57 am »
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outpost reminds me so much of the 5th island in Riven
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #364 on: October 25, 2015, 06:54:21 pm »
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12. Philosopher's Stone



It's a stone in a box. Yeah, it looks fine, but is anyone really excited about it? Not this guy.

11. Scrying Pool



Alchemy doesn't have any bad art. I mean, these two are the bottom of the barrel and they're decent pictures. Nice touch with the village in the pool, and her magical hair rising power reminds me of some of my favorite anime.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #365 on: October 25, 2015, 07:16:43 pm »
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I honestly thought scrying pool would be higher in the rankings.  I mean sure she doesn't look maniacal, but that is part of what makes her a maniac.  Philosopher's stone doesn't even look like a stone to me.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #366 on: October 25, 2015, 07:22:35 pm »
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I honestly thought scrying pool would be higher in the rankings.  I mean sure she doesn't look maniacal, but that is part of what makes her a maniac.  Philosopher's stone doesn't even look like a stone to me.

That is because it belongs to a sorcerer... and he cast a magical spell on it for a disguise due to its supposed value
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #367 on: October 25, 2015, 07:41:50 pm »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #368 on: October 25, 2015, 07:59:06 pm »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?

Philosophy.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #369 on: October 26, 2015, 04:35:01 am »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?
The Philosopher's Stone isn't a stone. It's a substance, typically imagined in powder form (as here).
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #370 on: October 26, 2015, 08:00:01 am »
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The Philosopher's Stone isn't a stone. It's a substance, typically imagined in powder form (as here).

Philosophers are really bad at naming things.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #371 on: October 26, 2015, 08:28:11 am »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?
The Philosopher's Stone isn't a stone. It's a substance, typically imagined in powder form (as here).

Sounds like Harry Potter got it wrong then.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #372 on: October 26, 2015, 11:58:04 am »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?
The Philosopher's Stone isn't a stone. It's a substance, typically imagined in powder form (as here).

Sounds like Harry Potter got it wrong then.
That was a Sorcerer's stone...
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #373 on: October 26, 2015, 12:14:32 pm »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?
The Philosopher's Stone isn't a stone. It's a substance, typically imagined in powder form (as here).

Sounds like Harry Potter got it wrong then.
That was a Sorcerer's stone...

Only in America.
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Re: JSH's True Art Rankings
« Reply #374 on: October 26, 2015, 01:03:55 pm »
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How'd they get that stone into that bottle though?
The Philosopher's Stone isn't a stone. It's a substance, typically imagined in powder form (as here).

Sounds like Harry Potter got it wrong then.
That was a Sorcerer's stone...

Only in America.

Because long words in the title would turn off the readers. Too much stuff to read, apparently.
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