games The Best War Board Games of All Time  

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This. Means. War!  Defeat your enemies and vanquish your foes while playing these popular war board games. Battleship, Risk, Stratego, and Axis and Allies are some of the best war board games for kids. Do you have what it takes to lead an army? Command a cavalry? Conquer the opposing teams? Find out by playing these fun war board games! 

The games featured on this list include: Risk, Axis and Allies, Memoir ’44, Stratego, Chess, Battleship, Diplomacy, Commanders and Colors: Ancients, Shogun, Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie, BattleLore, Tide of Iron and Warrior Knights. If there’s a game listed here that you think is the absolute best one out there, please share your opinion and vote! Also, please feel free to add any games that aren't already listed.   

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Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Axis and Allies Grand strategy wargame - Five major world powers are struggling for for supreme rulership. 

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Advanced Squad Leader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Advanced Squad Leader This game teaches Infantry combat on a tactical level.

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Chess is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Chess Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game - Use strategic moves and lateral thinking to protect your queen at all costs. 

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Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Twilight Struggle The US and the Soviet Union go head to head, each trying to make the world a better place according to their own ideaologies. 

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Memoir '44 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Memoir '44 Learn about WWII, battle formations, and historical terrain with this game. Do you have what it takes to lead an army?

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Combat Commander: Europe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Combat Commander: Europe Two players command the Axis and the Allies in this WWII European Theater combat game. 

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Diplomacy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Diplomacy Strategy game, Grand strategy wargame - This strategy board game is all about cunning deception and strategy. Hatch your brilliant plans for world domination and form allies with other players.

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Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Paths of Glory Recreate WWI with this strategic game. 

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Commands and Colors Ancients is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Commands and Colors Ancients Battle it out in the ancient worlds of Carthage and Rome in this fun strategy board game.

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Risk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Risk Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame - Earn troops and attack your opponents while defending your own territories. Try to take over the world! 

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Shogun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Shogun Players in this game assume the role of the great Daimyo with all his troops. Each Daimyo has to develop his kingdom, secure points, and train his armies. The Daimyo with the highest number of points becomes Shogun!

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Commands & Colors Napoleonic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Commands & Colors Napoleonic History comes to life during this strategy game set in the Napoleonic time period. 

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Hannibal: Rome Vs. Carthage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Hannibal: Rome Vs. Carthage A strategic recreation of the Second Punic War in which players try to defend the Roman Empire against attacks. 

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D-Day at Omaha Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
D-Day at Omaha Beach The player controls the US troops stationed on Omaha Beach and tries to defeat their enemies.

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No Retreat! The Russian Front is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
No Retreat! The Russian Front This two-player game retells the story of the battle between Germany and Russia during WWII. 

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Conquest of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Conquest of the Empire Board game - Unify the Republic and become the Emperor of Rome in this cunning strategy game. 

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Kemet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Kemet Manage an ancient Egyptian civilization and control your troops to defeat your enemies.

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Sekigahara: the Unification of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Sekigahara: the Unification of Japan Each player must rally the daimyo to attain unification for Japan. 

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Tide of Iron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Tide of Iron Tide of Iron is a WWII board game based on the German attack on Normandy Beach in France on D-Day.

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Julius Caesar This two-player game recreates the Roman Civil Wars, Caesar vs. Pompey.

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Up Front is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Up Front This man-to-man infantry combat game is set in WWII. Use cards to move your troops over constantly changing terrain. 

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1775: Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
1775: Rebellion Players take on the roles of the American Continental Army and Patriots against the British Army and Loyalists. Each side tries to control the provinces, territories, and colonies with the help of American Indians, the French ...

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Risk: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Risk: Legacy In this sequel to the classic board game Risk, every move you make determines future games to be played against your enemies.

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Napoleon's Triumph is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Napoleon's Triumph Napoleon's greatest victory is recreated in this game about the most cunning trap set for The Allied Troops and Czar Alexander.  

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Washington's War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Washington's War It's England versus the US in this fight for independence! 

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Stratego is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game - Devise a clever plan to steal the opposing team's flag. Use spies, deception, and battlefeild strategies to conquer all! 

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Combat Commander: Pacific is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Combat Commander: Pacific Learn about the combat situations in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

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BattleLore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
BattleLore This strategic board game is set in the fantasy world of Terrinoth. The Daqan Lords are up against the demon-worshipping Uthuk Y'llan, and must create an army to fight these fierce enemies and protect Terrinoth.

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Thunderbolt Apache Leader is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Thunderbolt Apache Leader Dodge enemy fire from the cockpit of the world's best Close Air Support aircraft. 

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Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion 1559-1598 This game takes place in Europe during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England and King Philip II of Spain. Each player controls one of the major European powers from that time to defeat their enemies.

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Here I Stand is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Here I Stand Here I Stand is a complex religious game in which players use cards to battle it out during the Protestant Reformation. 

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Go is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Kaiguy added Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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1989: Dawn of Freedom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
1989: Dawn of Freedom This fast-paced, strategic game recreates the end of the Cold War in 1989. 

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Star Wars: the Queen’s Gambit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Star Wars: the Queen’s Gambit Juggle the battlefield, the Jedi, Anakin, and Theed Palace to lead four different battles at once! 

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Battle Masters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Battle Masters The Empire battles Chaos by drawing cards and moving characters across the game board. 

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Battles of Westeros is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Battles of Westeros Two players recreate the military conflicts from George R. R. Martin's popular book series, Song of Fire and Ice. 

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Battleship is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Battleship You sunk my battleship! Use logic and guessing to find the other player's battleship location on the playing board. Hit their ship with a correct guess to fill the ship with pegs. The person to sink all of the other player's ...

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Heroscape Master Set: Rise of ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie Stage the greatest battle of all time with these incredibly detailed miniature heroes. 

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Warrior Knights is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Warrior Knights Battle it out in this game of midieval diplomacy and war. 

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Nexus Ops is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Nexus Ops In this sci-fi / fantasy game, players try to claim an alien moon for themselves using corporte battle troops. 

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Draughts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Checkers A simplified version of chess in which players protect their "King" playing pieces on the board.