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The Best Board Games of All Time

Updated February 22, 2021 312.1k votes 46.8k voters 2.6m views175 items

List RulesAny game where players have to interact with a board.

These are the best board games ever made, ranked by game aficionados and casual players alikeWhat 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 popular 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. Check out all the most popular board games, 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 Catan1
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  • Ticket to Ride2
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    Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed German-style board game designed by Alan R. Moon and...  more
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  • Pandemic3
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  • Carcassonne4
    4,056
    1,965
    Carcassonne is a tile-based German-style board game for two to five players, designed by...  more
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  • Chess5
    8,587
    5,771
    Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with...  more
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  • Dominion6
    3,726
    2,306
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  • Ticket to Ride: Europe7
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  • Risk8
    7,475
    5,383
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  • Scrabble9
    2,834
    1,184
    Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each...  more
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  • Small World10
    2,192
    1,607
    Small World is a board game designed by Philippe Keyaerts and published by Days of Wonder in...  more
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  • Axis and Allies11
    2,380
    1,789
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  • Stratego12
    3,637
    3,007
    Stratego is a strategy board game for two players on a 10×10 square board. Each player...  more
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  • King of Tokyo13
    1,794
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  • Scattergories14
    1,982
    1,536
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  • Dixit15
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  • Betrayal at House on the Hill16
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  • Agricola17
    1,957
    1,636
    Agricola is a German-style board game created by Uwe Rosenberg, and published by Lookout Games...  more
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  • Checkers18
    1,329
    861
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  • Puerto Rico19
    2,237
    1,984
    Puerto Rico is a German-style board game designed by Andreas Seyfarth, and published in 2002...  more
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    4,777
    3,036
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  • Stone Age21
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  • Blokus22
    1,166
    955
    Blokus is an abstract strategy board game for two to four players, invented by Case Dekoning...  more
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  • Power Grid23
    1,490
    1,382
    Power Grid is the English-language edition of the multiplayer German-style board game...  more
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