board/card games 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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1
8,933 5,682
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

2
7,814 5,265
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

3
10,295 3,384
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

4
3,755 4,279
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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5
4,009 4,648
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
3,467 4,362
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

7
3,678 2,793
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

8
6,428 2,094
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
4,010 2,060
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

10
4,545 1,593
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

11
3,659 3,514
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

12
3,947 1,643
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

13
3,211 3,290
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

14
3,205 3,309
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Best Classic Board Games

15
2,558 2,479
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

16
2,706 1,893
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

17
2,869 1,148
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

18
2,214 1,562
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

19
2,241 1,349
Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

20
2,426 1,617
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

21
2,170 1,914
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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22
1,733 1,323
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

23
1,685 1,183
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,626 2,104
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

25
887 288
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

26
1,862 1,245
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

27
1,848 1,614
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

28
1,514 1,385
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

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29
1,411 2,297
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

30
1,674 1,003
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
1,444 1,974
Operation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

32
1,363 1,928
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

33
1,488 1,490
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
1,260 1,013
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,556 1,276
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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36
1,188 1,255
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

37
1,039 1,441
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

38
1,205 1,569
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

39
841 601
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter

40
1,259 790
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

41
1,216 1,092
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
960 674
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Most Popular & Fun Card Games

43
1,224 1,222
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

44
932 1,379
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
729 607
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
doremifasola added Boggle

46
719 308
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
607 336
Checkers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

48
683 459
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert

49
1,017 991
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

50
798 473
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep