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A board game is a game for one or more players played with a premarked surface and game counters. This page classifies board games according to the concerns which might be uppermost for someone organizing a gaming event or party. See the article on game classification for other alternatives.

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Two-player abstract strategy games

Players know the entire game state at all times, and random generators such as dice are not used.

Classic two-player abstract strategy games

  • Alquerque
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Go
  • Gomoku
  • Hnefatafl
  • Mak-yek
  • Mancala
  • Nine Men's Morris
  • Pool Checkers
  • Rithmomachia
  • Shogi
  • Xiang Qi

Modern two-player abstract strategy games

  • Abalone
  • Alak
  • Amazons
  • Andantino
  • Arimaa
  • Ataxx
  • Breakthrough
  • Chinese checkers
  • Connect Four
  • Crossings
  • Dvonn
  • Epaminondas
  • Fanorona
  • Five Field Kono
  • Gonnect
  • Halma
  • Havannah
  • Heads and Tails
  • Hex
  • Kensington
  • L Game
  • Lines of Action
  • Lotus
  • Martian Chess (for two or four players)
  • Ninuki-renju
  • Orbit
  • Quoridor
  • Pente
  • Phutball
  • Reversi
  • Spangles
  • Tanbo
  • Three Musketeers
  • Turnabout
  • Trax
  • TwixT
  • Y

Two-player games of chance

Luck or hidden information may decide the outcome, but skill predominates.

  • Backgammon
  • Battleship
  • CooperYoung (aka InterSect)
  • Liu po
  • Ludo
  • Parchisi
  • Parques
  • Senet
  • Sugoroku
  • Stratego

Multi-player elimination games

Participants are typically eliminated before game end.

  • Crash! The bankrupt game
  • Diplomacy
  • Monopoly
  • Risk
  • Titan

European race games

  • Game of the Goose
  • Tour of Europe
  • Round the World with Nellie Bly
  • Game of Japan
  • The Sun of Brunswick
  • Jeu du Grand-Homme
  • Circle of Knowledge
  • Peter Rabbit's Race Game

Multiplayer games without elimination

Everyone can play along to the end. These games are especially suited for mixed play with adults and children.

  • Acquire
  • Bohnanza
  • Can't Stop
  • Carcassonne
  • Careers
  • Civilization
  • Cluedo (also known as Clue)
  • El Grande
  • Elfenland
  • Euphrat und Tigris
  • The Game of Life
  • Java
  • Kill Doctor Lucky
  • Lost Cities
  • Mine a million - Dig for minerals, transport to town and get rich...

  • Pay Day
  • Prendi e porta a casa
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rail Baron
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Scotland Yard
  • Scrabble
  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • Super Quiz
  • Tikal
  • Torres

Modern Wargames

Accurate simulation of historical or hypothetical battles is an objective.

  • Advanced Squad Leader
  • Axis & Allies
  • France 1940
  • Third Reich

Games of physical skill

Coordination, finesse, or other physical skills are necessary.
  • Caroms
  • Crokinole
  • Subbuteo

Children's games

The rules are easy to learn and the outcome mostly or entirely due to chance.

  • Candy Land
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Ludo
  • Sorry

Literature

  • The Boardgame Book, USA 1983, Exeter Books
  • Sackson, Sid. A Gamut of Games. ISBN 0-486-27347-4
  • Schmittberger, R. Wayne. New Rules for Classic Games. ISBN 0-471-53621-0

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