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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 1626
    Down 1384
    Word More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 2261
    Down 2032

    most listed
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2325
    Down 936
    German-style More
    93
  5. 5
    Up 2028
    Down 1438
    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 1443
    Down 1104

    ranked high on reranks
    Clue

    87
  7. 7
    Up 1580
    Down 656

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    85
  8. 8
    Up 1113
    Down 475

    ranked high on reranks
    Dominion

    80
  9. 9
    Up 1107
    Down 946

    controversial
    Apples to Apples

    79
  10. 10
    Up 1032
    Down 1234

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Battleship

    78
  11. 11
    Up 921
    Down 715

    often listed
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    78
  12. 12
    Up 939
    Down 1177

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    77
  13. 13
    Up 802
    Down 913

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Yahtzee

    76
  14. 14
    Up 1092
    Down 611
    German-style More
    76
  15. 15
    Up 827
    Down 354
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    74
  16. 16
    Up 822
    Down 829

    controversial
    Checkers

    74
  17. 17
    Up 727
    Down 335
    Board game More
    74
  18. 18
    Up 757
    Down 873

    controversial
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    72
  19. 19
    Up 704
    Down 408
    Strategy game More
    71
  20. 20
    Up 689
    Down 688

    often listed &controversial
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    71
  21. 21
    Up 777
    Down 664
    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    69
  22. 22
    Up 633
    Down 427
    Grand strategy game More
    69
  23. 23
    Up 479
    Down 303
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    67
  24. 24
    Up 733
    Down 569
    Cooperative board game More
    67
  25. 25
    Up 411
    Down 228

    7 Wonders

    66
  26. 26
    Up 410
    Down 264
    65
  27. 27
    Up 601
    Down 968

    often listed &controversial
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    64
  28. 28
    Up 488
    Down 344
    64
  29. 29
    Up 441
    Down 276
    63
  30. 30
    Up 428
    Down 291
    Science Fiction More
    63
  31. 31
    Up 422
    Down 320
    63
  32. 32
    Up 346
    Down 243
    61
  33. 33
    Up 363
    Down 224
    Railroad, German-style More
    61
  34. 34
    Up 446
    Down 730

    often listed &controversial
    Cranium

    Party game More
    60
  35. 35
    Up 430
    Down 639

    often listed &controversial
    Chinese checkers

    60
  36. 36
    Up 265
    Down 222
    Children's game More
    58
  37. 37
    Up 356
    Down 276
    58
  38. 38
    Up 280
    Down 247
    German-style More
    58
  39. 39
    Up 218
    Down 197
    58
    added by: Demon_Boy
  40. 40
    Up 283
    Down 243
    57
  41. 41
    Up 319
    Down 486

    controversial
    Guess Who?

    Children's game More
    56
  42. 42
    Up 271
    Down 504

    often listed &controversial
    Taboo

    Party game More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 254
    Down 429

    controversial
    Twister

    Party game More
    52
  44. 44
    Up 245
    Down 642

    often listed &controversial
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    52
  45. 45
    Up 151
    Down 168
    Children's game More
    51
    added by: KristenLeighBizzarro
  46. 46
    Up 279
    Down 444

    controversial
    Othello

    51
  47. 47
    Up 65
    Down 41

    Carcasonne

    51
  48. 48
    Up 142
    Down 158
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    51
  49. 49
    Up 161
    Down 139

    King of Tokyo

    50
  50. 50
    Up 230
    Down 483

    controversial
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    50
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