Best Board Games of the decade 2010 – 2020 is a hard thing to say. So many board games are so many different things to so many different people who is to say what is better. Well us we guess, so we are going to try. Not only do we bring you the main event of best board games of the decade but best board games by year and best board games by genre. Regardless of what happens here, let us all agree that board games are amazing and the decade of the 2010s has produced some amazing titles. This is our complete guide to the best board games of the decade 2010 – 2020.
BEST BOARD GAMES OF THE DECADE – BEST BOARD GAMES BY YEAR
Not only has the decade of 2010 – 2020 (the 2010s) produced some amazing board games, but the individual years within that decade have been pretty ok themselves. We know this because each year we put together a list of the top 20 best board games of the year to celebrate what has been released. Below is a recap of each of those lists to get you warmed up for the main event of the best board games of the decade.
Best Board Games By Year | 2010
5. Alien Frontiers
3. Merchants & Marauders
2. Dominant Species
1. 7 Wonders
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Best Board Games By Year | 2011
5. The Castles of Burgundy
4. King of Tokyo
2. Mage Knight Board Game
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Best Board Games By Year | 2012
5. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
4. Lords of Waterdeep
3. Android: Netrunner
2. Mice and Mystics
1. Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
Full list and description: top 20 best board games of 2012
Best Board Games By Year | 2013
5. Russian Railroads
4. Forbidden Desert
3. Eldritch Horror
2. Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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Best Board Games By Year | 2014
5. Five Tribes
3. Star Wars: Imperial Assault
1. Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
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Best Board Games By Year | 2015
5. Blood Rage
3. 7 Wonders Duel
2. Pandemic: Legacy
Full list and description: top 20 best board games of 2015
Best Board Games By Year | 2016
5. Arkham Horror: The Card Game
4. Great Western Trail
2. Star Wars: Rebellion
1. Terraforming Mars
Full list and description: top 20 best board games of 2016
Best Board Games By Year | 2017
5. Clans of Caledonia
4. Spirit Island
3. Twilight Imperium
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Best Board Games By Year | 2018
5. Teotihuacan: City of Gods
4. The Mind
3. Rising Sun
1. Brass: Birmingham
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Best Board Games By Year | 2019
5. Detective: City of Angels
3. Res Arcana
Full list and description: top 20 best board games of 2019
BEST BOARD GAMES OF THE DECADE – BEST BOARD GAMES BY GENRE
There are so many genres and sub-genres out there so coming up for the best board games by genre was only tough because of determining the main category and where everything fits. Regardless, the choice is clear. The winner and runner up of each best board game by genre category was the game that contributed the most to the betterment of that genre.
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Engine Building | Territory Control | Worker Placement | Deck Building | Drafting | Roll-N-Write | Dungeon Crawler | Party | Casual | OR LEAVE SECTION | BEST BOARD GAMES BY YEAR | TOP TEN GAMES OF THE DECADE
Best Board Games By Genre | Engine Building
WINNER: Terraforming Mars
RUNNER UP: Wingspan
Best Board Games By Genre | Territory Control
WINNER: King of Tokyo
RUNNER UP: Blood Rage
Best Board Games By Genre | Worker Placement
WINNER: A Feast For Odin
RUNNER UP: Lords of Waterdeep
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Best Board Games By Genre | Deck Building
WINNER: Aeon’s End
RUNNER UP: Clank!
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Best Board Games By Genre | Drafting
WINNER: 7 Wonders
RUNNER UP: Sushi Go Party!
Best Board Games By Genre | Roll-N-Write
WINNER: Harvest Dice
RUNNER UP: Welcome To
SEE ALSO: 10 Best Roll-N-Write Games
Best Board Games By Genre | Dungeon Crawler
RUNNER UP: Star Wars: Imperial Assault
SEE ALSO: 10 Best Dungeon Crawler Board Games
Best Board Games By Genre | Party
RUNNER UP: Secret Hitler
SEE ALSO: 10 Best Party Board Games
Best Board Games By Genre | Casual
WINNER: Dragon Castle
RUNNER UP: Onitama
BEST BOARD GAMES OF THE DECADE – TOP 10 OVERALL
Choosing the top ten best board games of the decade 2010 – 2020 was not easy but the more research and thinking that was done, it was clear that a shortlist of very iconic and well-made board games would emerge and that is exactly what happened. This is our definitive list of the best board games of the decade 2010 – 2020.
#10 | Gloomhaven
The number ten spot on the list of the best board games goes to Gloomhaven. Released in 2017, Gloomhaven is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this dark corner of the world. Players must work together out of necessity to clear out menacing dungeons and forgotten ruins. This massive campaigner is 1 – 4 with games taking 1 – 2 hours.
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#09 | Azul
The number eight spot on the list of best board games of the decade goes to the puzzle strategy award winner Azul. Released in 2017, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score. This puzzle strategy game is for 2 – 4 players and will run about 40 minutes.
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#08 | Splendor
The number eight spot on the list of the best board games of the decade goes to lightweight engine builder Splendor. Released in 2014, Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. With only a few action options per turn, the gameplay is easy but mastering a strategy is nearly impossible. This strategy game is for 2 – 4 players and lasts a quick 25 minutes.
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#07 | Eclipse
The number seven spot on the list of the best board games of the decade goes to epic space odyssey Eclipse. Released in 2011, A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. You will explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships with which to wage war. There are many potential paths to victory, so you need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species while keeping an eye on opponents. For 2 – 6 players for games lasting 1 – 3 hours.
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#06 | Brass: Birmingham
The number six spot on the list of best board games of the decade goes to industrial tycoon strategy game Brass Birmingham. Released in 2018, Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game sequel to Martin Wallace’s 2007 masterpiece, Brass. Birmingham tells the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham during the industrial revolution, between the years of 1770-1870. As in its predecessor, you must develop, build, and establish your industries and network, in an effort to exploit low or high market demands.
#05 | Star Wars: Rebellion
The number five spot on the list of best board games of the decade goes to the deep strategy game Star Wars: Rebellion. We thought there was room for only one Star Wars game on this list. It was a tough choice, but Rebellion squeaked away with the win. Released in 2016, experience the Galactic Civil War like never before. In Rebellion, you control the entire Galactic Empire or the fledgling Rebel Alliance. You must command starships, account for troop movements, and rally systems to your cause. Given the differences between the Empire and Rebel Alliance, each side has different win conditions, and you’ll need to adjust your play style depending on who your side with. This miniatures wargame is for 2 – 4 players and will go about 3 – 4 hours.
#04 | Wingspan
The number four spot on the list of the best board games of the decade goes to robust engine builder and bird game Wingspan. Released in 2019, this award-winning game is a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game from Stonemaier Games. You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth. For 1 – 5 players, games last about 40 – 70 minutes.
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#03 | 7 Wonders
The number three spot on the list of best board games of the decades goes to the drafting civilization builder 7 Wonders. Released in 2010, You are the boss of one of the 7 great wonders of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times. Each age draft cards with other players to build structures to get to better victory points. This strategy game is for 2 – 7 players and games will last about 30 minutes.
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#02 | Codenames
The runner up spot on the list of the best board games of the decade goes to the amazing party and communication game codenames. Released in 2015, the game is about two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. For the game, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. This epic party game is for 4 – 12 players and will last about 15 minutes.
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#01 | Terraforming Mars
The top spot on the list of the best board games of the decade 2010 – 2020 goes to the amazing and intense engine builder Terraforming Mars. Released in 2016, it is the 2400s and mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, initiate huge projects to make the environment is habitable. You play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming but also for advancing human infrastructure. For 1 – 5 players, games last about 2 hours.