The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games

The Best Board Games of All Time

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

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  2. 2
    + 5073
    - 3073


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  3. 3
    + 6229
    - 2078

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 2729
    - 2552

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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  5. 5
    + 2704
    - 2670


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  6. 6
    + 2331
    - 2582

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  7. 7
    + 2274
    - 1649


    Strategy game, Board game

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  8. 8
    + 2557
    - 2118

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks

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  9. 9
    + 2608
    - 1218

    ranked low on reranks

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  10. 10
    + 2128
    - 1940

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Cross and circle game, Children's game

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  11. 11
    + 2408
    - 1001

    ranked low on reranks
    Board game

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  12. 12
    + 2511
    - 931


    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  13. 13
    + 3961
    - 1484


    Railroad, German-style

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  14. 14
    + 1924
    - 2002

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Roll and move, Economic simulation

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  15. 15
    + 1649
    - 1557

    often listed
    Board game

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  16. 16
    + 2020
    - 1263


    German-style

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  17. 17
    + 1543
    - 651

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1350
    - 787


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    + 1550
    - 1015


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1558
    - 1039


    Grand strategy wargame

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  21. 21
    + 1513
    - 1312


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  22. 22
    + 1201
    - 807


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1110
    - 1391

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Party game

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    + 888
    - 586


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  25. 25
    + 1362
    - 1105


    Cooperative board game

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  26. 26
    + 1131
    - 729


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  27. 27
    + 908
    - 1381

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Children's game, Roll and move

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  28. 28
    + 907
    - 797

    added by Demon_Boy

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  29. 29
    + 908
    - 538


  30. 30
    + 974
    - 806


    Children's game

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  31. 31
    + 918
    - 1130

    often listed

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  32. 32
    + 1065
    - 771


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  33. 33
    + 811
    - 1075

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Children's game

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  34. 34
    + 872
    - 813


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  35. 35
    + 950
    - 809


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  36. 36
    + 896
    - 718


    Science Fiction

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    + 696
    - 564


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  38. 38
    + 687
    - 984

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Party game

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  39. 39
    + 799
    - 1044

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Children's game, Roll and move

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  40. 40
    + 655
    - 434


    Cooperative board game

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  41. 41
    + 321
    - 191

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  42. 42
    + 671
    - 942

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks

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  43. 43
    + 731
    - 648


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  44. 44
    + 299
    - 215

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  45. 45
    + 545
    - 636

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    German-style

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  46. 46
    + 471
    - 444


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  47. 47
    + 426
    - 300


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    + 309
    - 263


  49. 49
    + 369
    - 180

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

  50. 50
    + 449
    - 539

    added by KristenLeighBizzarro
    Children's game

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