These are the best board games ever made, ranked by game aficionados and casual players alike. With over 400,000 votes from 49,000 board game fans, we've got the inside scoop on what games will have you and your friends laughing, strategizing, and bonding for hours on end.
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. Whether you're a hardcore fan or just enjoy a good time with friends, this list has got the top picks for any type of game night.
A board game is any game in which pieces are placed on or moved around a flat surface, such as a board. This would include popular, centuries-old board games like Go, Chess, and Checkers, more modern games like Settlers of Catan, or even some role-playing games involving game pieces or miniatures.
Some games still utilize game pieces but are built more around live interaction or conversation than traditional "turn-based" board games. These games – such as Scattergories or Taboo – may not meet the strict definition of a board game but resemble board game-style play and entertainment enough to warrant inclusion.
This list was determined by allowing users to make suggestions for the greatest board games and then holding an open vote on which games were the best of all time. Whether you are a hardcore board game geek or just a casual player, your votes count!
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