The Best Board Games of All Time

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List Criteria: Any game where players have to interact with a board.

These are the best board games ever made, ranked by game aficionados and casual players alike. We also have a list of all board games ever, if you're looking for a more comprehensive look. 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 board games on the list already to ensure they rise to the top!


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

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  2. 2
    + 5135
    - 3125


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  3. 3
    + 6312
    - 2105

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    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 2749
    - 2594

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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    + 2734
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  6. 6
    + 2359
    - 2625

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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    + 2303
    - 1670


    Strategy game, Board game

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  8. 8
    + 2583
    - 2152

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  9. 9
    + 2638
    - 1239

    ranked low on reranks

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  10. 10
    + 2158
    - 1974

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cross and circle game, Children's game

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  11. 11
    + 2450
    - 1013

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    Board game

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  12. 12
    + 2562
    - 942


    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  13. 13
    + 4016
    - 1494


    Railroad, German-style

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  14. 14
    + 1948
    - 2032

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Roll and move, Economic simulation

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  15. 15
    + 1672
    - 1577

    often listed
    Board game

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  16. 16
    + 2041
    - 1277


    German-style

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  17. 17
    + 1575
    - 664

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1374
    - 800


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    + 1561
    - 1032


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1573
    - 1052


    Grand strategy wargame

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  21. 21
    + 1525
    - 1323


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  22. 22
    + 1217
    - 815


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1121
    - 1408

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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    + 909
    - 597


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  25. 25
    + 1374
    - 1118


    Cooperative board game

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    + 1151
    - 743


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  27. 27
    + 924
    - 1403

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game, Roll and move

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  28. 28
    + 923
    - 810

    added by Demon_Boy

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  29. 29
    + 928
    - 548


  30. 30
    + 990
    - 824


    Children's game

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  31. 31
    + 937
    - 1150

    often listed

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  32. 32
    + 1080
    - 784


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  33. 33
    + 829
    - 1092

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game

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  34. 34
    + 879
    - 824


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  35. 35
    + 963
    - 818


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  36. 36
    + 906
    - 728


    Science Fiction

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    + 708
    - 576


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  38. 38
    + 693
    - 996

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  39. 39
    + 810
    - 1058


    Children's game, Roll and move

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  40. 40
    + 667
    - 442


    Cooperative board game

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  41. 41
    + 336
    - 198

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  42. 42
    + 679
    - 955

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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    + 737
    - 657


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  44. 44
    + 547
    - 645


    German-style

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  45. 45
    + 309
    - 226

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  46. 46
    + 475
    - 453


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  47. 47
    + 314
    - 270


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    + 434
    - 311


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  49. 49
    + 382
    - 187

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

  50. 50
    + 455
    - 548

    added by KristenLeighBizzarro
    Children's game

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