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The Best War Board Games of All Time 

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Updated January 8, 2020 9.2k votes 1.8k voters 57.7k views 57 items

This. Means. War!  Defeat your enemies and vanquish your foes while playing these popular war board games. Battleship, Risk, Stratego, and Axis and Allies are some of the best war board games for kids. Do you have what it takes to lead an army? Command a cavalry? Conquer the opposing teams? Find out by playing these fun war board games! 

The games featured on this list include: Risk, Axis and Allies, Memoir ’44, Stratego, Chess, Battleship, Diplomacy, Commanders and Colors: Ancients, Shogun, Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie, BattleLore, Tide of Iron and Warrior Knights. If there’s a game listed here that you think is the absolute best one out there, please share your opinion and vote! Also, please feel free to add any games that aren't already listed.   

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Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Grand strategy wargame
Five major world powers are struggling for for supreme rulership. 

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Advanced Squad Leader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
This game teaches Infantry combat on a tactical level.
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Risk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame
Earn troops and attack your opponents while defending your own territories. Try to take over the world! 

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Chess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game
Use strategic moves and lateral thinking to protect your queen at all costs. 

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Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
The US and the Soviet Union go head to head, each trying to make the world a better place according to their own ideaologies. 

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Memoir '44 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Learn about WWII, battle formations, and historical terrain with this game. Do you have what it takes to lead an army?
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Diplomacy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Strategy game, Grand strategy wargame
This strategy board game is all about cunning deception and strategy. Hatch your brilliant plans for world domination and form allies with other players.

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Stratego is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Strategy game, Board game
Devise a clever plan to steal the opposing team's flag. Use spies, deception, and battlefeild strategies to conquer all! 

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Combat Commander: Europe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Two players command the Axis and the Allies in this WWII European Theater combat game. 
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Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Recreate WWI with this strategic game. 
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Commands and Colors Anci... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Battle it out in the ancient worlds of Carthage and Rome in this fun strategy board game.
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Commands & Colors Na... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
History comes to life during this strategy game set in the Napoleonic time period. 
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Shogun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time

Players in this game assume the role of the great Daimyo with all his troops. Each Daimyo has to develop his kingdom, secure points, and train his armies. The Daimyo with the highest number of points becomes Shogun!

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D-Day at Omaha Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
The player controls the US troops stationed on Omaha Beach and tries to defeat their enemies.
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Hannibal: Rome Vs. Carth... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
A strategic recreation of the Second Punic War in which players try to defend the Roman Empire against attacks. 
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No Retreat! The Russian ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
This two-player game retells the story of the battle between Germany and Russia during WWII. 
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1775: Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Players take on the roles of the American Continental Army and Patriots against the British Army and Loyalists. Each side tries to control the provinces, territories, and colonies with the help of American Indians, the French Army, and the German Hessians.
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Go is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Kaiguy added Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

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Up Front is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
This man-to-man infantry combat game is set in WWII. Use cards to move your troops over constantly changing terrain. 
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Here I Stand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Here I Stand is a complex religious game in which players use cards to battle it out during the Protestant Reformation. 
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Tide of Iron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Tide of Iron is a WWII board game based on the German attack on Normandy Beach in France on D-Day.
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Sekigahara: the Unificat... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
Each player must rally the daimyo to attain unification for Japan. 
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Washington's War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
It's England versus the US in this fight for independence! 
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Axis & Allies D-Day ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
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Risk: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Board Games of All Time
In this sequel to the classic board game Risk, every move you make determines future games to be played against your enemies.