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The Best Board Games of All Time

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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 1637
    Down 1391
    Word More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 2276
    Down 2038

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2342
    Down 941

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2043
    Down 1442

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Risk

    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 1458
    Down 1105

    Clue

    87
  7. 7
    Up 1595
    Down 660

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 1040
    Down 1237

    often listed
    Battleship

    79
  9. 9
    Up 1123
    Down 479

    ranked low on reranks
    Dominion

    79
  10. 10
    Up 1116
    Down 953
    78
  11. 11
    Up 947
    Down 1180

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    78
  12. 12
    Up 928
    Down 718

    ranked low on reranks
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    77
  13. 13
    Up 807
    Down 916

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Yahtzee

    76
  14. 14
    Up 1096
    Down 614
    German-style More
    75
  15. 15
    Up 829
    Down 830

    often listed
    Checkers

    74
  16. 16
    Up 831
    Down 357
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    73
  17. 17
    Up 736
    Down 338
    Board game More
    73
  18. 18
    Up 762
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    72
  19. 19
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    Down 690
    Board game More
    70
  20. 20
    Up 706
    Down 410
    Strategy game More
    70
  21. 21
    Up 779
    Down 667
    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    68
  22. 22
    Up 638
    Down 429

    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    68
  23. 23
    Up 735
    Down 570
    Cooperative board game More
    66
  24. 24
    Up 481
    Down 306
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    66
  25. 25
    Up 415
    Down 230

    7 Wonders

    65
  26. 26
    Up 604
    Down 970

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    64
  27. 27
    Up 413
    Down 265
    64
  28. 28
    Up 491
    Down 345
    63
  29. 29
    Up 423
    Down 321
    62
  30. 30
    Up 443
    Down 277
    62
  31. 31
    Up 428
    Down 292
    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 366
    Down 225
    Railroad, German-style More
    60
  35. 35
    Up 433
    Down 640

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chinese checkers

    60
  36. 36
    Up 266
    Down 224
    Children's game More
    58
  37. 37
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    Down 248
    German-style More
    57
  38. 38
    Up 219
    Down 198
    57
    added by: Demon_Boy
  39. 39
    Up 357
    Down 277
    57
  40. 40
    Up 283
    Down 244
    56
  41. 41
    Up 322
    Down 488
    Children's game More
    56
  42. 42
    Up 272
    Down 506
    Party game More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 247
    Down 644

    often listed
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    52
  44. 44
    Up 255
    Down 431
    Party game More
    52
  45. 45
    Up 281
    Down 445

    Othello

    51
  46. 46
    Up 153
    Down 168
    Children's game More
    51
    added by: KristenLeighBizzarro
  47. 47
    Up 71
    Down 42

    Carcasonne

    51
  48. 48
    Up 233
    Down 484

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 243
    Down 508

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    50
  50. 50
    Up 144
    Down 159
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    50
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