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The Best Board Games Of The 2010s

Updated February 27, 2020 379 votes 51 voters 1.2k views25 items

List RulesVote up the best new games that came out during the 2010s.

While the world seems to be in the grips of whatever video game gadget has been dominating the headlines, board gamers have quietly been playing some of the best games of the decade. Tabletop board games and card games are still one of the most engaging types of play for adults, as well as children, and some of the best board games ever made were debuted in the previous decade from 2010 to 2019.

Thanks to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, as well as a few independent publishing houses, there have been thousands of new board games released over the 10-year period. These 25 represent the best of them all, but the very best will be decided by you!

Find any games you enjoy playing on the list below and vote them up the top. That way readers can see which new board games to whip out during their next game night.

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  • Photo: IELLO

    Number of Players: 2 - 6

    Average Game Length: 30 Minutes

    Recommended Ages: 8+

    Details: King of Tokyo is the first of many games in a series, which has become incredibly popular (not to mention lucrative for Iello). The game is sort of the unofficial Godzilla title where players take on the roles of mutant monsters, strange aliens, and gigantic robots who all have one thing in mind: the destruction of Tokyo and everyone else on the gameboard!

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    • Number of Players: 2 - 4

      Average Game Length: 30-45 Minutes

      Recommended Ages: 8+

      Details: Azul is a fast-paced tile-building game fashioned off the Portuguese colored tiles of the same name. Players take turns drafting tiles from suppliers around the board, and they acquire points if they complete specific pattern sets. Wasting supplies will detract from a player's score, and the player at the end with the most points is the winner.

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      • Photo: Asmodee

        Number of Players: 2 - 7

        Average Game Length: 30 Minutes

        Recommended Ages: 10+

        Details: In 7 Wonders, players become the leader of one of seven great ancient cities, where they must gather resources, establish trade routes, and train a powerful military force. The game lasts three ages, and in each age, players choose seven cards from a specific deck. Play passes on to the next player as each one makes strategic moves intent on improving their city.

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        • Photo: Asmodee

          Number of Players: 2 - 4

          Average Game Length: 30 Minutes

          Recommended Ages: 10+

          Details: Splendor is a chip-collecting and card development game where players take on the role of merchants during the Renaissance. Their goal is to purchase gem mines, transportation means, shops, and more so they can acquire prestige points. The game features a fast-paced economy, which makes it a fun and intriguing playthrough each time you sit down for a match of Splendor

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