The Best Board Games of All Time

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List Criteria: 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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    - 3,442

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

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  2. 2
    + 5,281
    - 3,211


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  3. 3
    + 6,519
    - 2,157

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 2,809
    - 2,659

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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  5. 5
    + 2,807
    - 2,802


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  6. 6
    + 2,419
    - 2,695


    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  7. 7
    + 2,363
    - 1,716


    Strategy game, Board game

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  8. 8
    + 2,643
    - 2,210

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  9. 9
    + 2,720
    - 1,276


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  10. 10
    + 2,212
    - 2,044

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

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  11. 11
    + 2,534
    - 1,042

    ranked low on reranks
    Board game

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  12. 12
    + 2,654
    - 968


    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  13. 13
    + 4,140
    - 1,517


    Railroad, German-style

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  14. 14
    + 2,011
    - 2,097

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

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  15. 15
    + 2,074
    - 1,302


    German-style

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  16. 16
    + 1,710
    - 1,625

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Board game

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  17. 17
    + 1,633
    - 680

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1,412
    - 825


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  19. 19
    + 1,590
    - 1,061


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1,604
    - 1,080


    Grand strategy wargame

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  21. 21
    + 1,558
    - 1,349


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  22. 22
    + 1,242
    - 840


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1,151
    - 1,437

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  24. 24
    + 942
    - 626


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  25. 25
    + 1,399
    - 1,150


    Cooperative board game

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  26. 26
    + 1,190
    - 770


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  27. 27
    + 945
    - 1,454

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

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  28. 28
    + 952
    - 841

    added by Demon_Boy

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  29. 29
    + 984
    - 564
    King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks

  30. 30
    + 961
    - 1,196

    often listed

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  31. 31
    + 1,010
    - 860


    Children's game

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  32. 32
    + 1,111
    - 804


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  33. 33
    + 846
    - 1,131

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game

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  34. 34
    + 893
    - 850


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  35. 35
    + 984
    - 839


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  36. 36
    + 922
    - 746


    Science Fiction

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  37. 37
    + 733
    - 600


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  38. 38
    + 704
    - 1,024

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  39. 39
    + 830
    - 1,087


    Children's game, Roll and move

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  40. 40
    + 709
    - 458


    Cooperative board game

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  41. 41
    + 369
    - 214
    Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  42. 42
    + 691
    - 974

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  43. 43
    + 752
    - 673


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  44. 44
    + 333
    - 245

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  45. 45
    + 554
    - 663

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    German-style

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  46. 46
    + 466
    - 324


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  47. 47
    + 490
    - 465


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  48. 48
    + 408
    - 197
    Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Worker Placement

  49. 49
    + 322
    - 282
    Civilization is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


  50. 50
    + 466
    - 567

    added by KristenLeighBizzarro
    Children's game

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