The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games
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The Best Board Games of All Time

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 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.
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  1. 1
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    Down 1368

    the people's #1
    Chess

    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2535
    Down 2200

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 1813
    Down 1537
    Word More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2260
    Down 1548
    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2592
    Down 1025

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 1598
    Down 1197
    Roll and move More
    89
    added by: MavraRafi
  7. 7
    Up 1763
    Down 723

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 1165
    Down 1334

    often listed
    Battleship

    81
  9. 9
    Up 1045
    Down 1267

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    80
  10. 10
    Up 991
    Down 1024

    often listed
    Chinese checkers

    80
  11. 11
    Up 1240
    Down 1037

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apples to Apples

    80
  12. 12
    Up 1262
    Down 537
    79
  13. 13
    Up 1045
    Down 785

    often listed
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 1204
    Down 670
    German-style More
    76
  15. 15
    Up 909
    Down 399

    ranked low on reranks
    Carcassonne

    Board game More
    75
  16. 16
    Up 882
    Down 940

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    75
  17. 17
    Up 965
    Down 405

    ranked low on reranks
    Pandemic

    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    75
  18. 18
    Up 791
    Down 757

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    73
  19. 19
    Up 809
    Down 463
    Strategy game More
    72
  20. 20
    Up 752
    Down 478

    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    72
  21. 21
    Up 855
    Down 737
    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    70
  22. 22
    Up 516
    Down 269

    7 Wonders

    69
  23. 23
    Up 573
    Down 355
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 819
    Down 619
    Cooperative board game More
    68
  25. 25
    Up 511
    Down 309
    67
  26. 26
    Up 655
    Down 1028

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    67
  27. 27
    Up 437
    Down 281
    65
  28. 28
    Up 501
    Down 332
    Science Fiction More
    65
  29. 29
    Up 521
    Down 320
    65
  30. 30
    Up 495
    Down 366
    65
  31. 31
    Up 559
    Down 397
    64
  32. 32
    Up 487
    Down 770

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cranium

    Party game More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 465
    Down 255
    Railroad, German-style More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 298
    Down 247
    62
    added by: Demon_Boy
  35. 35
    Up 333
    Down 283
    Children's game More
    60
  36. 36
    Up 335
    Down 298
    German-style More
    60
  37. 37
    Up 425
    Down 312
    60
  38. 38
    Up 331
    Down 296
    58
  39. 39
    Up 291
    Down 693

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    56
  40. 40
    Up 202
    Down 153
    56
  41. 41
    Up 202
    Down 186
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    56
  42. 42
    Up 330
    Down 504

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Reversi

    55
  43. 43
    Up 279
    Down 540

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    55
  44. 44
    Up 218
    Down 176

    King of Tokyo

    55
  45. 45
    Up 153
    Down 162
    55
  46. 46
    Up 149
    Down 138
    55
  47. 47
    Up 194
    Down 206
    Children's game More
    54
    added by: KristenLeighBizzarro
  48. 48
    Up 104
    Down 58
    54
  49. 49
    Up 33
    Down 5
    Cooperative board game More
    54
  50. 50
    Up 258
    Down 517

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    54
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