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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.

The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games
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  1. 1
    + 5688
    - 3155

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

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  2. 2
    + 5897
    - 4671

    most listed
    Roll and move, Economic simulation, Board game

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  3. 3
    + 5889
    - 1959

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 4810
    - 2929


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  5. 5
    + 3932
    - 3346


    Word

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  6. 6
    + 2647
    - 2411

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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  7. 7
    + 3806
    - 1409

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  8. 8
    + 2575
    - 2529

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks

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  9. 9
    + 2216
    - 2453

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  10. 10
    + 2143
    - 1561

    often listed
    Strategy game, Board game

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  11. 11
    + 2497
    - 1155

    ranked low on reranks

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  12. 12
    + 2452
    - 2011

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks

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  13. 13
    + 2344
    - 881

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  14. 14
    + 2266
    - 944

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    Board game

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  15. 15
    + 2028
    - 1844


    Cross and circle game, Children's game

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  16. 16
    + 1821
    - 1984


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  17. 17
    + 1802
    - 1902

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Roll and move, Economic simulation

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  18. 18
    + 1947
    - 1214


    German-style

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  19. 19
    + 1567
    - 1487

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Board game

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  20. 20
    + 1451
    - 604

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  21. 21
    + 1491
    - 966


    Strategy game

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  22. 22
    + 1271
    - 740


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  23. 23
    + 1483
    - 991


    Grand strategy wargame

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  24. 24
    + 1459
    - 1261


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  25. 25
    + 1158
    - 761


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  26. 26
    + 819
    - 535


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  27. 27
    + 1316
    - 1063


    Cooperative board game

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  28. 28
    + 1065
    - 693


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  29. 29
    + 1051
    - 1334

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Party game

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  30. 30
    + 855
    - 746

    added by Demon_Boy

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  31. 31
    + 841
    - 499


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  32. 32
    + 1030
    - 729


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  33. 33
    + 926
    - 755


    Children's game

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  34. 34
    + 858
    - 1316

    often listed
    Children's game, Roll and move

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  35. 35
    + 842
    - 774


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  36. 36
    + 869
    - 1072

    often listed

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  37. 37
    + 920
    - 772


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  38. 38
    + 859
    - 686

    ranked low on reranks
    Science Fiction

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  39. 39
    + 755
    - 1018

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Children's game

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  40. 40
    + 645
    - 534

    ranked low on reranks

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  41. 41
    + 654
    - 943

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Party game

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  42. 42
    + 599
    - 408


    Cooperative board game

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  43. 43
    + 277
    - 163

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

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  44. 44
    + 751
    - 998

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Children's game, Roll and move

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  45. 45
    + 713
    - 618


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  46. 46
    + 265
    - 179

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  47. 47
    + 636
    - 907

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks

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  48. 48
    + 530
    - 610


    German-style

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  49. 49
    + 387
    - 265


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  50. 50
    + 292
    - 248


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