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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.

List Criteria: Includes any game where players move pieces around a flat surface. Also includes interactive games where a board is still used.

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    the people's #1
    Chess

    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1634
    Down 1389

    often listed
    Scrabble

    Word More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 2272
    Down 2036

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2040
    Down 1440
    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2337
    Down 940

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 1454
    Down 1105

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Clue

    87
  7. 7
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    Down 660

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 1038
    Down 1237

    often listed &controversial
    Battleship

    79
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dominion

    79
  10. 10
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    Down 952

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apples to Apples

    78
  11. 11
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    Down 1180

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    78
  12. 12
    Up 927
    Down 718

    ranked low on reranks
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    77
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Yahtzee

    76
  14. 14
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    ranked high on reranks
    Puerto Rico

    German-style More
    75
  15. 15
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    often listed &controversial
    Checkers

    74
  16. 16
    Up 829
    Down 357

    ranked low on reranks
    Pandemic

    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    73
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Carcassonne

    Board game More
    73
  18. 18
    Up 761
    Down 875

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    72
  19. 19
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    often listed &controversial
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    70
  20. 20
    Up 705
    Down 410
    Strategy game More
    70
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Go

    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    68
  22. 22
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    Down 429

    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    68
  23. 23
    Up 734
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Arkham Horror

    Cooperative board game More
    66
  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    Power Grid

    Economic simulation, German-style More
    66
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    ranked low on reranks
    7 Wonders

    65
  26. 26
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    Down 969

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    64
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    ranked low on reranks
    Small World

    64
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Battlestar Galactica

    63
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Twilight Struggle

    62
  30. 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    A Game of Thrones

    62
  31. 31
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    Science Fiction More
    62
  32. 32
    Up 346
    Down 245
    60
  33. 33
    Up 446
    Down 731

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cranium

    Party game More
    60
  34. 34
    Up 364
    Down 225

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride: Europe

    Railroad, German-style More
    60
  35. 35
    Up 432
    Down 640

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chinese checkers

    60
  36. 36
    Up 265
    Down 224
    Children's game More
    58
  37. 37
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    Down 248

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Tigris and Euphrates

    German-style More
    57
  38. 38
    Up 219
    Down 198

    often listed
    Mastermind

    57
    added by: Demon_Boy
  39. 39
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    Down 277

    ranked low on reranks
    Twilight Imperium

    57
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    El Grande

    56
  41. 41
    Up 321
    Down 488

    controversial
    Guess Who?

    Children's game More
    56
  42. 42
    Up 271
    Down 506

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Taboo

    Party game More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 246
    Down 644

    often listed &controversial
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    52
  44. 44
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    Down 430

    often listed &controversial
    Twister

    Party game More
    52
  45. 45
    Up 280
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Othello

    51
  46. 46
    Up 152
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    Children's game More
    51
    added by: KristenLeighBizzarro
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    Carcasonne

    50
  48. 48
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    Down 484

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    50
  50. 50
    Up 143
    Down 159
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    50
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