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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9,005 5,754
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

2
7,874 5,329
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

3
10,381 3,420
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,789 4,335
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo

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4,040 4,705
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,496 4,413
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,706 2,831
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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6,482 2,122
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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4,603 1,610
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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4,051 2,085
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,693 3,552
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,245 3,331
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,987 1,663
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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3,245 3,346
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,574 2,510
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,723 1,910
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,905 1,161
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,270 1,363
Small World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,229 1,575
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,447 1,635
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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2,188 1,931
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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The Best Trivia Board Games

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925 308
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

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1,709 1,203
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,743 1,335
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,637 2,119
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,880 1,261
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,867 1,624
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,532 1,404
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

The 20 Greatest Game Show FAILs of All Time

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1,696 1,016
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,424 2,322
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,453 2,004
Operation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,379 1,954
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,278 1,026
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,502 1,512
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,571 1,287
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,205 1,263
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,052 1,460
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,216 1,590
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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852 610
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter

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1,277 796
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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1,227 1,099
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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972 685
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,234 1,230
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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741 621
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
doremifasola added Boggle

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631 354
Checkers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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940 1,389
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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812 478
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep

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738 317
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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695 463
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert

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1,029 997
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time