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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Chess

    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2456
    Down 2151

    most listed
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 1765
    Down 1490
    Word More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2196
    Down 1513
    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2508
    Down 1004

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    91
  6. 6
    Up 1561
    Down 1170
    Roll and move More
    89
    added by: MavraRafi
  7. 7
    Up 1717
    Down 707

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 1128
    Down 1308

    often listed
    Battleship

    81
  9. 9
    Up 1019
    Down 1236

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    80
  10. 10
    Up 968
    Down 995
    80
  11. 11
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    Down 523
    80
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apples to Apples

    80
  13. 13
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    Down 771

    ranked low on reranks
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 877
    Down 966

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Yahtzee

    78
  15. 15
    Up 1186
    Down 657
    German-style More
    76
  16. 16
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    Down 397

    ranked low on reranks
    Pandemic

    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    75
  17. 17
    Up 846
    Down 918

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    74
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Carcassonne

    Board game More
    74
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    72
  20. 20
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    Down 450
    Strategy game More
    72
  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    71
  22. 22
    Up 841
    Down 723
    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    70
  23. 23
    Up 501
    Down 262

    7 Wonders

    69
  24. 24
    Up 560
    Down 347
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    68
  25. 25
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    Down 611
    Cooperative board game More
    68
  26. 26
    Up 495
    Down 302
    67
  27. 27
    Up 640
    Down 1013

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    67
  28. 28
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    Down 309
    65
  29. 29
    Up 552
    Down 384
    65
  30. 30
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    Down 356
    65
  31. 31
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    Down 325
    Science Fiction More
    65
  32. 32
    Up 423
    Down 274
    65
  33. 33
    Up 474
    Down 757

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cranium

    Party game More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 449
    Down 249
    Railroad, German-style More
    63
  35. 35
    Up 284
    Down 235
    62
    added by: Demon_Boy
  36. 36
    Up 332
    Down 289
    German-style More
    60
  37. 37
    Up 320
    Down 269
    Children's game More
    60
  38. 38
    Up 370
    Down 512

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guess Who?

    Children's game More
    60
  39. 39
    Up 419
    Down 305
    60
  40. 40
    Up 324
    Down 290
    58
  41. 41
    Up 298
    Down 540
    Party game More
    58
  42. 42
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    Down 460
    Party game More
    56
  43. 43
    Up 195
    Down 180

    ranked low on reranks
    Diplomacy

    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    56
  44. 44
    Up 276
    Down 679

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    56
  45. 45
    Up 322
    Down 490
    55
  46. 46
    Up 269
    Down 528

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    55
  47. 47
    Up 209
    Down 170

    ranked low on reranks
    King of Tokyo

    55
  48. 48
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    Down 151
    54
  49. 49
    Up 92
    Down 49

    ranked low on reranks
    Scattergories

    54
  50. 50
    Up 248
    Down 505

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    54
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