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 1387

    the people's #1
    Chess

    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2576
    Down 2225

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 1838
    Down 1563

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Scrabble

    Word More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2297
    Down 1563

    ranked low on reranks
    Risk

    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2631
    Down 1029

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    91
  6. 6
    Up 1608
    Down 1209
    Roll and move More
    89
    added by: MavraRafi
  7. 7
    Up 1789
    Down 729

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 1183
    Down 1345

    often listed
    Battleship

    81
  9. 9
    Up 1057
    Down 1281

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    80
  10. 10
    Up 1001
    Down 1035

    often listed
    Chinese checkers

    79
  11. 11
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    Down 545
    79
  12. 12
    Up 1255
    Down 1049

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apples to Apples

    79
  13. 13
    Up 1054
    Down 793

    often listed
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 1216
    Down 678
    German-style More
    75
  15. 15
    Up 924
    Down 406

    ranked low on reranks
    Carcassonne

    Board game More
    75
  16. 16
    Up 894
    Down 952

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    74
  17. 17
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    Down 410

    ranked low on reranks
    Pandemic

    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    74
  18. 18
    Up 802
    Down 768

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    72
  19. 19
    Up 817
    Down 468
    Strategy game More
    71
  20. 20
    Up 760
    Down 486

    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    71
  21. 21
    Up 862
    Down 741

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Go

    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    69
  22. 22
    Up 525
    Down 273

    7 Wonders

    68
  23. 23
    Up 581
    Down 358
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 825
    Down 623
    Cooperative board game More
    67
  25. 25
    Up 663
    Down 1034

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    67
  26. 26
    Up 519
    Down 314
    67
  27. 27
    Up 501
    Down 369
    64
  28. 28
    Up 567
    Down 401
    64
  29. 29
    Up 443
    Down 284
    64
  30. 30
    Up 505
    Down 336
    Science Fiction More
    64
  31. 31
    Up 529
    Down 327
    64
  32. 32
    Up 497
    Down 777

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cranium

    Party game More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 478
    Down 258
    Railroad, German-style More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 306
    Down 255
    61
    added by: Demon_Boy
  35. 35
    Up 340
    Down 288
    Children's game More
    60
  36. 36
    Up 339
    Down 303
    German-style More
    60
  37. 37
    Up 427
    Down 317
    59
  38. 38
    Up 335
    Down 299
    57
  39. 39
    Up 112
    Down 62
    57
  40. 40
    Up 207
    Down 156
    56
  41. 41
    Up 299
    Down 702

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    56
  42. 42
    Up 206
    Down 191
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    55
  43. 43
    Up 155
    Down 141
    55
  44. 44
    Up 335
    Down 508
    55
  45. 45
    Up 227
    Down 179

    ranked low on reranks
    King of Tokyo

    55
  46. 46
    Up 286
    Down 545

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    55
  47. 47
    Up 163
    Down 169
    54
  48. 48
    Up 264
    Down 522

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    54
  49. 49
    Up 39
    Down 10
    Cooperative board game More
    54
  50. 50
    Up 197
    Down 212
    Children's game More
    53
    added by: KristenLeighBizzarro
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