Harald Lieske (born 1975 in Siegen, Germany) is a prolific game artist, occasional game designer, and musician from Münster, Germany. He is credited as an artist for over 170 board games or game items including many famous and award-winning games. Along with Franz Vohwinkel, Michael Menzel, Doris Matthäus, Oliver Freudenreich, and Dennis Lohausen, he is one of the most prolific tabletop game artists for German-style board games from Germany if not the world.
After studying art in Siegen, Lieske decided to focus on the Department of Design in Münster with a focus on game art and comics. He began illustrating board games in 2003 and considers the 2003 board game Cronberg to be his breakthrough game as an illustrator. This allowed him to present a finished illustrated and produced game to various publishers instead of just comic drawings and freelance work. He uses his apartment in Münster as a studio often using conventional canvas and brush techniques.
Lieske played a lot of game growing up in Siegen with four siblings which met that he could often find a game partner. He was introduced to the gaming scene by Max J. Kobbert, a game designer known for his series of labyrinth games. Lieske has designed at least three board games. His most famous game design is probably Inka which was published by Queen Games in 2005.
Games for which Harald Lieske has provided artwork include the following:
- 2005 Australia (2006 Games Magazine Game of the Year, winner)
- 2007 Catan, 2007 edition and later editions (1995 Spiel des Jahres, winner; more than 25 million copies sold)
- 2008 Dominion, along with cards for the expansions and the cover of the box for the expansion Dominion: Prosperity (2009 Spiel des Jahres, winner)
- 2009 Power Grid, 2009 edition and later editions (2007 Gra Roku Game of the Year; 2010 Gouden Ludo, winner; 2010 Nederlandse Spellenprijs, winner)
- 2010 Washington's War (2010 Charles S. Roberts Award Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame, winner; 2010 Golden Geek Best Wargame, winner; 2010 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game, winner)
- 2011 The Castles of Burgundy (2012 Games Magazine Best New Advanced Strategy Game, winner; 2011 Meeples' Choice Award, co-winner)
- 2011 Puerto Rico, 2011 edition and later editions (Ranked the #1 game on BoardGameGeek for many years)
- 2012 Bohnanza, 2012 edition and later editions (Probably the first popular game by famous game designer Uwe Rosenberg)
- 2012 Las Vegas (2012 Spiel des Jahres, nominee; 2013 Le Lys Grand Public, winner; 2013 Årets Spel Best Adult Game, winner)
- 2014 San Juan, 2014 edition and later editions (A card game version of the board game Puerto Rico)
- 2014 Catan Dice Game, 2014 edition and later editions (A dice game version of the board game Catan)
Besides Power Grid Harald Lieske has contributed artwork for many other games by Friedemann Friese including Friday, Copycat, Fresh Fish, Fabled Fruit, Power Grid: The Card Game, Fuji Flush, Finished!, and 504, an innovative board game with 504 variations. Besides The Castles of Burgundy Harald Lieske has contributed artwork for many other games by Stefan Feld including Notre Dame, In the Year of the Dragon, Macao, Amerigo, and The Speicherstadt.
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