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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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1
7,608 4,627
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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2
6,586 4,282
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Risk Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

3
8,499 2,789
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan German-style

4
3,282 3,517
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo Roll and move

5
3,475 3,804
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
2,971 3,608
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

7
3,076 2,290
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game

8
3,418 1,670
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
3,228 2,957
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

10
3,667 1,296
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

11
5,338 1,813
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Railroad, German-style

12
2,768 2,749
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Sorry! Cross and circle game, Children's game

13
3,310 1,355
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Board game

14
2,663 2,773
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

15
2,178 2,087
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Board game

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16
2,422 1,604
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico German-style

17
2,288 926
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

18
1,924 1,331
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Strategy game

19
1,871 1,103
Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

20
2,059 1,359
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Axis and Allies Grand strategy wargame

21
1,877 1,639
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

22
1,502 1,097
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Economic simulation, German-style

23
1,350 918
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,400 1,798
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Party game

25
1,573 1,002
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

26
1,658 1,392
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Cooperative board game

27
1,363 770
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

28
1,244 1,140
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

29
1,198 1,907
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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30
1,218 1,611
Operation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
1,122 1,528
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Children's game

32
1,265 1,196
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Children's game

33
1,332 1,052
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
1,053 1,050
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,020 798
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

36
627 401
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter Strategy - Deduction

37
1,121 1,049
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

38
1,074 935
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Science Fiction

39
879 1,239
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Party game

40
1,002 638
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Island Cooperative board game

41
734 503
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
1,030 1,352
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mouse Trap Children's game, Roll and move

43
341 93
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

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44
831 1,192
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
543 436
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
mainpleine added Boggle Word

46
890 845
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
499 329
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert Co-operative Play

48
602 338
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep Strategy - Worker Placement

49
608 620
Race for the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

50
623 824
Tigris and Euphrates is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Tigris and Euphrates German-style