Board/Card Games The Best Strategy Board Games  

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Board games are some of the most classic ways to pass with the time with family or friends. It's an easy and cheap activity to set up for everyone and can keep everyone occupied with fun for hours on end, especially when strategy is involved. You might also be interested in true stories of murder over board games and the best party board games of all time. Some of the most popular strategy board games are classics that have been around since the invention of board games, while others are newer and bring new twists to the genre of games. Which strategy board games are your favorites?

Vote up all of your favorites on this list, and if there's a strategy board game that's your favorite and isn't listed here, feel free to add it. Let your voice be heard to see which strategy board games are most beloved by the Ranker community. 

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264 136
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

2
230 110
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
German-style

3
179 98
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Railroad, German-style

4
137 70
7 Wonders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

5
214 143
Risk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

6
131 76
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Board game

7
109 76
Go is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

8
110 72
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

9
99 64
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Lars-HåkanPersson added Strategy game, Board game

10
105 78
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Grand strategy wargame

11
68 51
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
gabeelliott added Strategy game

12
96 89
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Board game

13
82 68
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Economic simulation, German-style

14
78 74
Dungeons and Dragons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

15
67 62
Diplomacy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Strategy game, Grand strategy wargame

16
87 89
Draughts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

17
49 45
Small World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
holly-mitchell added

18
46 53
Mah Jong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

19
81 100
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

20
45 48
Hive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
ryanmaesen added Tile-based game

21
37 45
Race for the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
StephenConey added

22
33 42
Rummikub is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
holly-mitchell added Tile-based game

23
35 46
Qwirkle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games

24
39 52
Acquire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Economic simulation, German-style

25
18 23
Coup is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Board Games
Natalie Yu added