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List Rules Any game where players have to interact with a board.

These are the best board games ever made, ranked by game aficionados and casual players alike. We also have a list of all board games ever, if you're looking for a more comprehensive look. 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 board games on the list already to ensure they rise to the top!
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+ - 7,519 4,545
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chess Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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+ - 8,364 2,737
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan German-style

3
+ - 6,494 4,215
Risk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Risk Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

4
+ - 3,247 3,458
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cluedo Roll and move

5
+ - 3,433 3,724
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
+ - 2,930 3,535
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trivial Pursuit Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

7
+ - 3,036 2,250
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game

8
+ - 3,367 1,644
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
+ - 3,194 2,907
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

10
+ - 3,597 1,273
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

11
+ - 5,260 1,791
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Railroad, German-style

12
+ - 3,267 1,336
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Board game

13
+ - 2,735 2,704
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Sorry! Cross and circle game, Children's game

14
+ - 2,621 2,726
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
The Game of Life Roll and move, Economic simulation

15
+ - 2,146 2,062
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Board game

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16
+ - 2,398 1,581
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico German-style

17
+ - 2,236 909
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride: Europe Railroad, German-style

18
+ - 1,838 1,084
Small World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

19
+ - 1,895 1,313
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Strategy game

20
+ - 2,038 1,340
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Axis and Allies Grand strategy wargame

21
+ - 1,849 1,621
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

22
+ - 1,483 1,080
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Economic simulation, German-style

23
+ - 1,329 897
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
+ - 1,393 1,773
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Party game

25
+ - 1,541 987
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

26
+ - 1,643 1,379
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Cooperative board game

27
+ - 1,327 760
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

28
+ - 1,229 1,121
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

29
+ - 1,185 1,879
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chutes and Ladders Children's game, Roll and move

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30
+ - 1,202 1,590
Operation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
+ - 1,106 1,502
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Children's game

32
+ - 1,252 1,175
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Children's game

33
+ - 1,314 1,039
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
+ - 1,044 1,039
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
+ - 609 388
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Love Letter Strategy - Deduction

36
+ - 1,003 786
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

37
+ - 1,115 1,037
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

38
+ - 1,058 922
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Science Fiction

39
+ - 871 1,224
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Party game

40
+ - 981 624
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Island Cooperative board game

41
+ - 312 80
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
+ - 1,016 1,336
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mouse Trap Children's game, Roll and move

43
+ - 828 1,177
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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44
+ - 720 492
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
+ - 529 425
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Boggle Word

46
+ - 878 836
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
+ - 484 318
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Desert Co-operative Play

48
+ - 601 612
Race for the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

49
+ - 583 331
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Lords of Waterdeep Strategy - Worker Placement

50
+ - 443 433
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time