The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games
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The Best Board Games of All Time

List Criteria: Includes any game where players move pieces around a flat surface. Also includes interactive games where a board is still used.

The best board games ever made, ranked by aficionados and casual players (For a full list check out Ranker's List of All Board Games). What are the greatest board games ever? The classic games that have entertained families of players for decades? Or innovative new table-top role playing games pushing the boundaries between fiction and reality? This list attempts to determine, once and for all, which are the greatest and most fun board games of all time.

A board game here is defined as any game in which pieces are placed on or moved around a flat surface, such as a board. This would include classic centuries-old board games such as Go, Chess, and Checkers, along with more modern games like Settlers of Catan, or even some role-playing games involving game pieces or miniatures. What are the best board games ever? What's the best board game for two people? What's the best board game for groups?

Some games still utilize game pieces but are built more around live interaction or conversation rather than traditional "turn-based" board games. These games – such as Scattergories or Taboo – may not meet the strict definition of a board game, but nonetheless resemble board game-style play and entertainment enough to warrant inclusion.

This list was determined by allowing users to make lists of suggestions for the greatest board games ever, and then holding an open vote on which games were actually the best of all time. Whether you are a hardcore board game geek or just a casual player, your votes count here. If you don't see your favorite board games on the list, add your own list and suggest them. And don't forget to vote on the best games on the list already to ensure they rise to the top! If your mind needs some board game refreshment check out the complete list of board games.

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    the people's #1
    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum

    ) open buy at  
  2. 2
    + 4945
    - 3992

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move

    ) open buy at  
  3. 3
    + 4973
    - 1666

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

    ) open buy at  
  4. 4
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    - 2866

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    Word

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  5. 5
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    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game

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  6. 6
    + 2373
    - 2080

    often listed & added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

    ) open buy at  
  7. 7
    + 3230
    - 1219

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    Railroad, German-style

    ) open buy at  
  8. 8
    + 2177
    - 2218

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  9. 9
    + 1862
    - 2149

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  10. 10
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    - 976

    ranked low on reranks

    ) open buy at  
  11. 11
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  12. 12
    + 1899
    - 794

    ranked low on reranks
    Board game

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  13. 13
    + 1836
    - 1365

    Board game, Strategy game

    ) open buy at  
  14. 14
    + 1963
    - 751

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

    ) open buy at  
  15. 15
    + 1597
    - 1755
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  16. 16
    + 1709
    - 1624

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game

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  17. 17
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    - 1074

    German-style

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  18. 18
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    - 1298

    often listed
    Board game

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  19. 19
    + 1445
    - 1668

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Economic simulation, Roll and move

    ) open buy at  
  20. 20
    + 1342
    - 838

    Strategy game

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  21. 21
    + 1293
    - 872

    Grand strategy game

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  22. 22
    + 1074
    - 630
    ) open buy at  
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    + 1157
    - 505

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

    ) open buy at  
  24. 24
    + 1315
    - 1134

    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information

    ) open buy at  
  25. 25
    + 1027
    - 659

    Economic simulation, German-style

    ) open buy at  
  26. 26
    + 1205
    - 958

    Cooperative board game

    ) open buy at  
  27. 27
    + 907
    - 589
    ) open buy at  
  28. 28
    + 893
    - 1204

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  29. 29
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    + 603
    - 419
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    - 683
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  34. 34
    + 775
    - 605

    Science Fiction

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  35. 35
    + 689
    - 625

    added by Demon_Boy

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  36. 36
    + 755
    - 639

    Children's game

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  37. 37
    + 683
    - 1156

    Children's game, Roll and move

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  38. 38
    + 693
    - 920
    ) open buy at  
  39. 39
    + 577
    - 875

    Children's game

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  40. 40
    + 521
    - 842

    Party game

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  41. 41
    + 463
    - 329

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game

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  42. 42
    + 649
    - 545

    ranked low on reranks

    ) open buy at  
  43. 43
    + 591
    - 866

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game, Roll and move

    ) open buy at  
  44. 44
    + 488
    - 541
    ) open buy at  
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    + 496
    - 440
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  46. 46
    + 553
    - 813
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  47. 47
    + 391
    - 355
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  48. 48
    + 265
    - 247

    Cooperative board game

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  49. 49
    + 484
    - 544
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  50. 50
    + 410
    - 453

    Grand strategy game, Strategy game

    ) open buy at  
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