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

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  2. 2
    + 5,835
    - 3,618


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  3. 3
    + 7,344
    - 2,380

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 2,987
    - 2,980

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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  5. 5
    + 3,090
    - 3,170


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  6. 6
    + 2,644
    - 3,024


    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  7. 7
    + 2,662
    - 1,914

    ranked low on reranks
    Strategy game, Board game

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  8. 8
    + 2,897
    - 2,486

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  9. 9
    + 2,993
    - 1,419


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  10. 10
    + 2,458
    - 2,328

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

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  11. 11
    + 3,045
    - 1,096

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  12. 12
    + 4,616
    - 1,630


    Railroad, German-style

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  13. 13
    + 2,848
    - 1,175


    Board game

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  14. 14
    + 2,292
    - 2,350

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

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  15. 15
    + 1,914
    - 1,787

    often listed
    Board game

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  16. 16
    + 2,211
    - 1,407


    German-style

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  17. 17
    + 1,880
    - 768

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1,584
    - 919


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  19. 19
    + 1,714
    - 1,157


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1,785
    - 1,185


    Grand strategy wargame

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  21. 21
    + 1,679
    - 1,449


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  22. 22
    + 1,339
    - 931


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1,265
    - 1,574

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  24. 24
    + 1,110
    - 734


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  25. 25
    + 1,491
    - 1,237


    Cooperative board game

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  26. 26
    + 1,323
    - 847


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  27. 27
    + 1,053
    - 1,616

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

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  28. 28
    + 1,084
    - 942

    added by Demon_Boy

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  29. 29
    + 1,123
    - 642
    King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks

  30. 30
    + 1,062
    - 1,348

    often listed

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  31. 31
    + 1,120
    - 977


    Children's game

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  32. 32
    + 950
    - 1,274

    often listed
    Children's game

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  33. 33
    + 1,194
    - 896


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  34. 34
    + 953
    - 926


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  35. 35
    + 1,036
    - 928


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  36. 36
    + 982
    - 815


    Science Fiction

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  37. 37
    + 788
    - 1,099

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  38. 38
    + 854
    - 666


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  39. 39
    + 461
    - 280
    Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  40. 40
    + 913
    - 1,195

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

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  41. 41
    + 819
    - 524

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game

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  42. 42
    + 747
    - 1,052

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  43. 43
    + 580
    - 385


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  44. 44
    + 418
    - 315

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  45. 45
    + 803
    - 739


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  46. 46
    + 532
    - 521


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  47. 47
    + 413
    - 161

    ranked low on reranks
    Party game

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  48. 48
    + 582
    - 723

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    German-style

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  49. 49
    + 392
    - 230
    Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by javajoe96
    Co-operative Play

  50. 50
    + 371
    - 346


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