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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
8,432 5,262
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chess Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

2
7,379 4,909
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
9,663 3,129
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan German-style

4
3,564 3,974
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo Roll and move

5
3,803 4,323
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
3,311 4,049
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
3,465 2,569
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game

8
3,524 3,307
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
4,246 1,479
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

10
3,805 1,898
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

11
6,060 1,964
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Railroad, German-style

12
3,052 3,075
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Sorry! Cross and circle game, Children's game

13
3,734 1,521
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Board game

14
3,017 3,107
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

The Best Classic Board Games

15
2,424 2,326
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Board game

16
2,610 1,774
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico German-style

17
2,669 1,066
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
2,108 1,465
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Strategy game

19
2,106 1,259
Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

20
2,292 1,517
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
2,066 1,802
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

50 Incredible Pictures That Might Teach You Something

22
1,649 1,234
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Economic simulation, German-style

23
1,560 1,071
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,547 1,969
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Party game

25
1,755 1,153
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

26
1,769 1,534
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Cooperative board game

27
1,408 1,281
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

28
1,328 2,142
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chutes and Ladders Children's game, Roll and move

70+ Celebrities Who Are Christians

29
1,557 910
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

30
684 197
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

31
1,366 1,825
Operation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

32
1,281 1,757
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Children's game

33
1,406 1,358
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Children's game

34
1,475 1,187
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,175 920
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Greatest Fictional Pets You Wish You Could Actually Own

36
1,128 1,178
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

37
984 1,344
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Party game

38
760 522
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter Strategy - Deduction

39
1,170 1,030
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Science Fiction

40
883 602
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

41
1,171 726
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Island Cooperative board game

42
1,136 1,473
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mouse Trap Children's game, Roll and move

The Most Popular & Fun Card Games

43
1,191 1,151
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

44
890 1,301
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
660 524
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
mainpleine added Boggle Word

46
971 933
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
604 248
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

48
612 407
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert Co-operative Play

49
732 419
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep Strategy - Worker Placement

50
480 256
Checkers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time