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
    Up 2644
    Down 1379

    the people's #1
    Chess

    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2555
    Down 2212

    most listed
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 1827
    Down 1547
    Word More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2281
    Down 1553
    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2612
    Down 1026

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 1601
    Down 1201
    Roll and move More
    89
    added by: MavraRafi
  7. 7
    Up 1774
    Down 724

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 1174
    Down 1337

    often listed
    Battleship

    81
  9. 9
    Up 1051
    Down 1271

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    80
  10. 10
    Up 996
    Down 1028

    often listed
    Chinese checkers

    80
  11. 11
    Up 1247
    Down 1039

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apples to Apples

    80
  12. 12
    Up 1271
    Down 538
    79
  13. 13
    Up 1047
    Down 788

    often listed
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 1211
    Down 672
    German-style More
    76
  15. 15
    Up 917
    Down 401
    Board game More
    75
  16. 16
    Up 973
    Down 406
    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    75
  17. 17
    Up 887
    Down 945

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    75
  18. 18
    Up 795
    Down 761

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    72
  19. 19
    Up 812
    Down 464
    Strategy game More
    72
  20. 20
    Up 756
    Down 482

    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    71
  21. 21
    Up 858
    Down 737
    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    70
  22. 22
    Up 519
    Down 270

    7 Wonders

    69
  23. 23
    Up 577
    Down 355
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 821
    Down 620
    Cooperative board game More
    68
  25. 25
    Up 514
    Down 310
    67
  26. 26
    Up 659
    Down 1030

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    67
  27. 27
    Up 441
    Down 281
    65
  28. 28
    Up 503
    Down 332
    Science Fiction More
    65
  29. 29
    Up 498
    Down 366
    65
  30. 30
    Up 522
    Down 322
    64
  31. 31
    Up 561
    Down 398
    64
  32. 32
    Up 471
    Down 255
    Railroad, German-style More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 490
    Down 773

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cranium

    Party game More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 301
    Down 250
    62
    added by: Demon_Boy
  35. 35
    Up 336
    Down 285
    Children's game More
    60
  36. 36
    Up 337
    Down 298
    German-style More
    60
  37. 37
    Up 425
    Down 313
    59
  38. 38
    Up 333
    Down 296
    58
  39. 39
    Up 293
    Down 696

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    56
  40. 40
    Up 205
    Down 187
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    56
  41. 41
    Up 203
    Down 153
    56
  42. 42
    Up 331
    Down 505

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Reversi

    55
  43. 43
    Up 282
    Down 542

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    55
  44. 44
    Up 221
    Down 176

    King of Tokyo

    55
  45. 45
    Up 151
    Down 138
    55
  46. 46
    Up 155
    Down 164
    55
  47. 47
    Up 36
    Down 6
    Cooperative board game More
    54
  48. 48
    Up 195
    Down 208
    Children's game More
    54
    added by: KristenLeighBizzarro
  49. 49
    Up 105
    Down 60
    54
  50. 50
    Up 260
    Down 519

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    54
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