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The Best Board Games of All Time 

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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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Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Catan, or The Settlers of Catan in older editions, is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag as Die Siedler von Catan. ...more

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Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed German-style board game designed by Alan R. Moon and published in 2004 by Days of Wonder. The game is also known as Zug um Zug, Les Aventuriers du Rail, ...more

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#3 of 41 The Best Strategy Board Games #1 of 34 The Most Popular 2 Player Board Games #34 of 52 The Best Classic Board Games

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Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic is a cooperative board game designed by Matt Leacock and published by Z-Man Games in 2008. Pandemic is based on the premise that four diseases have broken out in the world, each ...more

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#2 of 34 The Most Popular 2 Player Board Games #37 of 52 The Best Classic Board Games #3 of 61 The Best Board Games for 4 People

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Chess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by ...more

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Dominion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Dominion is a deck-building game created by Donald X. Vaccarino and published by Rio Grande Games. Each player uses a separate deck of cards to which only they have access; players draw their ...more

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#20 of 68 The Best Family Board Games #9 of 41 The Best Strategy Board Games #42 of 52 The Best Classic Board Games

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Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne is a tile-based German-style board game for two to five players, designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and published in 2000 by Hans im Glück in German and by Rio Grande Games and ...more

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Ticket to Ride: Europe ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Europe takes you on a new train adventure across Europe. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, you'll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. More ...more
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Risk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Risk is a strategy board game produced by Parker Brothers. It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du Monde in France. It ...more

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Small World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Small World is a board game designed by Philippe Keyaerts and published by Days of Wonder in 2009. The game is a reworking of Keyaerts' 1999 game Vinci. Small World has won several awards, ...more

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#23 of 41 The Best Strategy Board Games #47 of 52 The Best Classic Board Games #7 of 61 The Best Board Games for 4 People

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Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Axis & Allies is a series of World War II strategy board games, with nearly two million copies printed. Originally designed by Larry Harris and published by Nova Game Designs in 1981, the ...more

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Stratego is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego is a strategy board game for two players on a 10×10 square board. Each player controls 40 pieces representing individual officers and soldiers in an army. The objective of the ...more

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Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico is a German-style board game designed by Andreas Seyfarth, and published in 2002 by Alea in German, by Rio Grande Games in English and by Κάισσα in Greek. Players assume the roles of ...more

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King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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Agricola is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola is a German-style board game created by Uwe Rosenberg, and published by Lookout Games in Europe and Z-Man Games in the US. The goal of the game is to build the most well-balanced farm ...more

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Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Scattergories is a creative-thinking category-based party game produced by Hasbro through the Milton Bradley Company and published in 1988. The objective of the 2-to-6-player game is to score ...more

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Dixit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Dixit is a card game created by Jean-Louis Roubira, and published by Libellud. Using a deck of cards illustrated with dreamlike images, players select cards that match a title suggested by the ...more
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Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid is the English-language edition of the multiplayer German-style board game Funkenschlag designed by Friedemann Friese. Power Grid is published by Rio Grande Games. In the game, each ...more

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#11 of 41 The Best Strategy Board Games #49 of 52 The Best Classic Board Games #13 of 61 The Best Board Games for 4 People

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Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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Blokus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Blokus is an abstract strategy board game for two to four players, invented by Case Dekoning and first released in 2000 by Sekkoïa, a French company. It has won several awards, including ...more

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Betrayal at House on the... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a board game published by Avalon Hill and designed by Bruce Glassco. Players all begin as allies exploring a haunted house filled with dangers, traps, items and

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#1 of 73 The Best Board Games For 6-8 Players #67 of 97 The Best Board Games For Kids #27 of 41 The Best Strategy Board Games

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Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go is a board game involving two players that originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It was considered one of the four essential arts of a cultured Chinese scholar in antiquity. ...more

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Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Apples to Apples is a party game originally published by Out of the Box Publishing, and now published by Mattel. The object of the game is to win the most rounds by playing a "red ...more

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#23 of 73 The Best Board Games For 6-8 Players #10 of 68 The Best Family Board Games #18 of 97 The Best Board Games For Kids

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Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror is an adventure board game designed by Richard Launius, originally published in 1987 by Chaosium and most recently published in 2005 and revised in 2007 by Fantasy Flight Games. ...more

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