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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
8,045 4,978
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chess Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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2
7,002 4,653
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Risk Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

3
9,127 2,978
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan German-style

4
3,426 3,773
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo Roll and move

5
3,629 4,102
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
3,147 3,859
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trivial Pursuit Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

7
3,293 2,445
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game

8
3,665 1,798
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
3,999 1,389
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

10
5,756 1,893
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Railroad, German-style

11
3,370 3,162
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

12
3,551 1,449
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Board game

13
2,897 2,947
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Sorry! Cross and circle game, Children's game

14
2,828 2,978
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
The Game of Life Roll and move, Economic simulation

15
2,307 2,224
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Board game

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16
2,542 1,691
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico German-style

17
2,501 990
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride: Europe Railroad, German-style

18
2,025 1,178
Small World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

19
2,034 1,396
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Strategy game

20
2,197 1,444
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Axis and Allies Grand strategy wargame

21
1,971 1,731
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

22
1,597 1,160
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Economic simulation, German-style

23
1,442 1,004
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,473 1,890
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Party game

25
1,683 1,079
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

26
1,720 1,464
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Cooperative board game

27
1,491 831
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

28
1,325 1,214
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

29
1,257 2,036
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chutes and Ladders Children's game, Roll and move

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30
1,285 1,725
Operation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
1,197 1,655
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Children's game

32
1,331 1,286
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Children's game

33
1,421 1,119
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
1,106 868
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,106 1,113
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

36
709 464
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter Strategy - Deduction

37
498 151
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

38
931 1,301
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Party game

39
1,133 987
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Science Fiction

40
1,167 1,104
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

41
818 553
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
1,092 688
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Island Cooperative board game

43
1,077 1,417
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mouse Trap Children's game, Roll and move

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44
856 1,253
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
595 489
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
mainpleine added Boggle Word

46
940 889
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
566 372
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert Co-operative Play

48
678 381
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep Strategy - Worker Placement

49
510 206
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

50
646 669
Race for the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time