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 than traditional "turn-based" board games. These games - such as Scattergories or Taboo - may not meet the strict definition of 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 hard core 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

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    most listed Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Word

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    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game

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    ranked low on reranks German-style

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    added by MavraRafi Roll and move

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    ranked low on reranks Railroad, German-style

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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

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    often listed Board game, Strategy game

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    ranked low on reranks Board game

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Children's game, Cross and Circle game

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    ranked low on reranks Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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    ranked low on reranks Grand strategy game

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    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information

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    7 Wonders

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    Economic simulation, German-style

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    Cooperative board game

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

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    Science Fiction

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Party game

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    Railroad, German-style

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    added by Demon_Boy

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

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    Grand strategy game, Strategy game

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    ranked low on reranks King of Tokyo

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Party game

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    added by KristenLeighBizzarro Children's game

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    Cooperative board game

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