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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    - 3,652

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

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  2. 2
    + 5,565
    - 3,424


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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  3. 3
    + 6,937
    - 2,277

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

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  4. 4
    + 2,969
    - 2,996


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  5. 5
    + 2,902
    - 2,833

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

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  6. 6
    + 2,549
    - 2,877


    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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  7. 7
    + 2,519
    - 1,829


    Strategy game, Board game

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  8. 8
    + 2,792
    - 2,361

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  9. 9
    + 2,866
    - 1,354

    ranked low on reranks

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  10. 10
    + 2,346
    - 2,195

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

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  11. 11
    + 2,866
    - 1,031

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  12. 12
    + 4,398
    - 1,571


    Railroad, German-style

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  13. 13
    + 2,697
    - 1,125


    Board game

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  14. 14
    + 2,165
    - 2,237

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

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  15. 15
    + 1,824
    - 1,721

    often listed
    Board game

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  16. 16
    + 2,152
    - 1,358


    German-style

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  17. 17
    + 1,768
    - 722

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1,511
    - 872


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  19. 19
    + 1,665
    - 1,115


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1,697
    - 1,145


    Grand strategy wargame

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  21. 21
    + 1,631
    - 1,403


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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  22. 22
    + 1,303
    - 890


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1,215
    - 1,520

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  24. 24
    + 1,039
    - 686


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  25. 25
    + 1,459
    - 1,199


    Cooperative board game

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  26. 26
    + 1,263
    - 813


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  27. 27
    + 1,011
    - 1,542

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

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  28. 28
    + 1,033
    - 893

    added by Demon_Boy

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  29. 29
    + 1,068
    - 604
    King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks

  30. 30
    + 1,022
    - 1,277


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  31. 31
    + 1,069
    - 927


    Children's game

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  32. 32
    + 910
    - 1,210

    often listed
    Children's game

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  33. 33
    + 1,155
    - 853


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  34. 34
    + 936
    - 893


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  35. 35
    + 1,013
    - 892


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  36. 36
    + 959
    - 786


    Science Fiction

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  37. 37
    + 751
    - 1,067

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

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  38. 38
    + 796
    - 639


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  39. 39
    + 886
    - 1,146

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

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  40. 40
    + 424
    - 255
    Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  41. 41
    + 768
    - 498

    ranked low on reranks
    Cooperative board game

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  42. 42
    + 732
    - 1,023

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  43. 43
    + 384
    - 289

    added by mainpleine
    Word

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  44. 44
    + 786
    - 715


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  45. 45
    + 530
    - 361


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  46. 46
    + 517
    - 499


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  47. 47
    + 573
    - 696


    German-style

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  48. 48
    + 366
    - 208
    Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by javajoe96
    Co-operative Play

  49. 49
    + 351
    - 318


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  50. 50
    + 450
    - 227
    Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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

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