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List Rules 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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Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chess Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Risk Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

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Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan German-style

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Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cluedo Roll and move

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Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trivial Pursuit Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

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Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game

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Dominion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Railroad, German-style

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Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Board game

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Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Sorry! Cross and circle game, Children's game

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The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
The Game of Life Roll and move, Economic simulation

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Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Board game

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Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico German-style

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Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride: Europe Railroad, German-style

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Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Strategy game

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Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Axis and Allies Grand strategy wargame

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Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Economic simulation, German-style

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Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Party game

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Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Cooperative board game

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King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chutes and Ladders Children's game, Roll and move

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Operation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Children's game

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Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Children's game

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A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Love Letter Strategy - Deduction

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Mancala is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Party game

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Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Science Fiction

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Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Island Cooperative board game

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Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mouse Trap Children's game, Roll and move

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Reversi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Blokus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Boggle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Boggle Word

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Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Race for the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Desert Co-operative Play

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Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Lords of Waterdeep Strategy - Worker Placement

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Tigris and Euphrates is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Tigris and Euphrates German-style

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Civilization is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time