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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
7,822 4,819
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
6,787 4,487
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
8,814 2,890
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan German-style

4
3,357 3,651
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo Roll and move

5
3,551 3,973
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
3,060 3,738
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
3,198 2,366
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Strategy game, Board game

8
3,554 1,741
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
3,853 1,346
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

10
3,299 3,064
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

11
5,557 1,857
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
2,845 2,853
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
3,435 1,413
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Board game

14
2,745 2,891
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
2,242 2,156
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Board game

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16
2,483 1,653
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico German-style

17
2,403 965
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
1,988 1,365
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Strategy game

19
1,959 1,145
Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

20
2,137 1,410
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
1,927 1,691
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
1,546 1,135
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Economic simulation, German-style

23
1,392 967
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,441 1,851
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Party game

25
1,629 1,047
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

26
1,689 1,429
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Cooperative board game

27
1,434 802
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

28
1,239 1,975
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

29
1,286 1,182
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

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30
1,257 1,671
Operation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
1,165 1,600
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Children's game

32
1,305 1,245
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Children's game

33
1,383 1,088
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
1,081 1,084
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,065 837
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

36
667 437
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter Strategy - Deduction

37
435 124
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

38
909 1,269
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Party game

39
1,145 1,077
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

40
1,107 962
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Science Fiction

41
776 531
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
1,047 665
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Forbidden Island Cooperative board game

43
1,055 1,389
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
846 1,221
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
577 463
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
mainpleine added Boggle Word

46
917 866
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
536 350
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
645 360
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
635 644
Race for the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

50
454 182
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time