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The Best Board Games of All Time

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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.

List Criteria: Includes any game where players move pieces around a flat surface. Also includes interactive games where a board is still used.

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      the people's #1
      Chess

      Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
      100
    2. 2
      Up 2454
      Down 2150

      most listed &ranked high on reranks
      Monopoly

      Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
      95
    3. 3
      Up 1764
      Down 1490

      often listed
      Scrabble

      Word More
      94
    4. 4
      Up 2195
      Down 1513
      Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
      92
    5. 5
      Up 2506
      Down 1003

      ranked low on reranks
      Settlers of Catan

      German-style More
      91
    6. 6
      Up 1561
      Down 1170
      Roll and move More
      89
      added by: MavraRafi
    7. 7
      Up 1717
      Down 707

      ranked low on reranks
      Ticket to Ride

      Railroad, German-style More
      84
    8. 8
      Up 1128
      Down 1308

      often listed
      Battleship

      81
    9. 9
      Up 1018
      Down 1236

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Trivial Pursuit

      Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
      80
    10. 10
      Up 968
      Down 995

      often listed
      Chinese checkers

      80
    11. 11
      Up 1228
      Down 523
      80
    12. 12
      Up 1211
      Down 1011

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Apples to Apples

      80
    13. 13
      Up 1018
      Down 771

      ranked low on reranks
      Stratego

      Board game, Strategy game More
      79
    14. 14
      Up 875
      Down 966

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Yahtzee

      78
    15. 15
      Up 1185
      Down 657
      German-style More
      76
    16. 16
      Up 932
      Down 397

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      Pandemic

      Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
      75
    17. 17
      Up 845
      Down 918

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Sorry!

      Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
      74
    18. 18
      Up 834
      Down 377

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      Carcassonne

      Board game More
      74
    19. 19
      Up 767
      Down 738

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Backgammon

      Board game More
      72
    20. 20
      Up 788
      Down 450
      Strategy game More
      72
    21. 21
      Up 733
      Down 464

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      Axis and Allies

      Grand strategy game More
      71
    22. 22
      Up 841
      Down 723

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Go

      Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
      69
    23. 23
      Up 500
      Down 262

      7 Wonders

      69
    24. 24
      Up 560
      Down 347
      Economic simulation, German-style More
      68
    25. 25
      Up 810
      Down 611
      Cooperative board game More
      68
    26. 26
      Up 495
      Down 302
      67
    27. 27
      Up 640
      Down 1013

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      The Game of Life

      Economic simulation, Roll and move More
      67
    28. 28
      Up 513
      Down 309
      65
    29. 29
      Up 552
      Down 384
      65
    30. 30
      Up 488
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      65
    31. 31
      Up 492
      Down 325
      Science Fiction More
      65
    32. 32
      Up 423
      Down 274
      65
    33. 33
      Up 449
      Down 249
      Railroad, German-style More
      64
    34. 34
      Up 474
      Down 757

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Cranium

      Party game More
      63
    35. 35
      Up 284
      Down 235
      62
      added by: Demon_Boy
    36. 36
      Up 419
      Down 305
      61
    37. 37
      Up 332
      Down 289
      German-style More
      60
    38. 38
      Up 319
      Down 269
      Children's game More
      60
    39. 39
      Up 370
      Down 512

      often listed
      Guess Who?

      Children's game More
      60
    40. 40
      Up 324
      Down 290
      58
    41. 41
      Up 297
      Down 540

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Taboo

      Party game More
      57
    42. 42
      Up 142
      Down 78

      Carcasonne

      57
    43. 43
      Up 293
      Down 460

      often listed
      Twister

      Party game More
      56
    44. 44
      Up 92
      Down 49
      56
    45. 45
      Up 194
      Down 180
      Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
      56
    46. 46
      Up 150
      Down 87
      Party game More
      56
    47. 47
      Up 276
      Down 679

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Chutes and Ladders

      Children's game, Roll and move More
      55
    48. 48
      Up 322
      Down 490
      55
    49. 49
      Up 269
      Down 528

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Operation

      55
    50. 50
      Up 209
      Down 170

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      King of Tokyo

      55
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