Economy Board Game

The prototypes for the playing cards of the economy board game.

This project was started by a game designer I’m good friends with. In this board game, the player takes on the role of a tycoon living during the beginning of the 20th century.

By employing strategic thinking and tactical decisions crops need to be harvested and sold on international markets. The money earned by doing this is used by the play to buy fine art and artifacts and to gain access to the prestigous world of art patrons.

I agreed to take on the design duties in this board game project. Thus, over time I will create the look of the game board, playing cards, collectable objects and the cover illustration.

This board game is still in development and is currently using a working title for that reason.

Playing Cards

The prototypes for the playing cards of the economy board game.
The prototypes of the playing cards, printed with modest means.

The board game is planned to feature events which influence the gameplay and are represented by playing cards. This can mean that a storm is blocking important trading routes or a stock market crash messing with the plans of the players. This way the players need to adjust to new situations regularly.

Since the scenario is taking place at the start of the 20th century, the clothing style of the characters depicted is based on this era. Due to this the members of the upper crust are wearing suits, hats and dresses inspired by the fashion worn during the turn of the century. On top of that, I tried to make the colors of the illustrations similar to those of paintings and artworks back then.

The vertical format of the pictures is due to them being used as playing cards in the board game. The playing card motifs are shown here without their flavor texts.

Should you be looking for professional illustrations for a board game project, feel free to contact me.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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An obvious method is to separate diffrent elements or layers within the image like foreground and background by different color saturations of a difference in lightness.

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