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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  1. 1
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    - 3,939

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

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  2. 2
    + 5,903
    - 3,676


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  3. 3
    + 7,457
    - 2,408

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 3,013
    - 3,027

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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  5. 5
    + 3,130
    - 3,230


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  6. 6
    + 2,668
    - 3,076


    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  7. 7
    + 2,699
    - 1,948

    ranked low on reranks
    Strategy game, Board game

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  8. 8
    + 2,924
    - 2,534

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  9. 9
    + 3,027
    - 1,445


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  10. 10
    + 2,490
    - 2,371

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

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  11. 11
    + 3,086
    - 1,116

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  12. 12
    + 4,686
    - 1,646


    Railroad, German-style

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  13. 13
    + 2,886
    - 1,191


    Board game

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  14. 14
    + 2,322
    - 2,387

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

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  15. 15
    + 1,938
    - 1,818

    often listed
    Board game

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  16. 16
    + 2,224
    - 1,420


    German-style

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  17. 17
    + 1,918
    - 777

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1,605
    - 931


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  19. 19
    + 1,729
    - 1,170


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1,803
    - 1,195


    Grand strategy wargame

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  21. 21
    + 1,692
    - 1,464


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  22. 22
    + 1,347
    - 943


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1,135
    - 746


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  24. 24
    + 1,280
    - 1,588

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  25. 25
    + 1,502
    - 1,252


    Cooperative board game

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  26. 26
    + 1,337
    - 860


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  27. 27
    + 1,101
    - 954

    added by Demon_Boy

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  28. 28
    + 1,066
    - 1,639

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

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  29. 29
    + 1,139
    - 653
    King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks

  30. 30
    + 1,073
    - 1,374

    often listed

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  31. 31
    + 1,131
    - 995


    Children's game

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  32. 32
    + 1,201
    - 908

    ranked low on reranks

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  33. 33
    + 966
    - 1,291

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game

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  34. 34
    + 962
    - 933


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  35. 35
    + 874
    - 674


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  36. 36
    + 1,043
    - 936


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  37. 37
    + 987
    - 824


    Science Fiction

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  38. 38
    + 797
    - 1,107

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  39. 39
    + 472
    - 289
    Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  40. 40
    + 832
    - 532


    Cooperative board game

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  41. 41
    + 922
    - 1,206

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

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  42. 42
    + 758
    - 1,063

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  43. 43
    + 595
    - 392


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  44. 44
    + 431
    - 324

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  45. 45
    + 810
    - 745


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  46. 46
    + 445
    - 169

    ranked low on reranks
    Party game

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  47. 47
    + 538
    - 526


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  48. 48
    + 400
    - 234
    Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by javajoe96
    Co-operative Play

  49. 49
    + 584
    - 730


    German-style

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  50. 50
    + 480
    - 258
    Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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

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