Top Ten Most Popular Board Games in 2017

Top Ten Most Popular Board Games in 2017

I find it fascinating looking back through the years to see which board games were the most popular across the board gaming community. It's also very interesting to see which board games have stood the test of time (especially when hundreds of new board games are being released every year).

To measure popularity, we used the database maintained by BoardGameGeek.com pulling data points near the very end of 2017. While many have argued there are flaws in the way BoardGameGeek ranks games as "The Best", their data does give us a pretty accurate read on what a large section of the board gaming community is loving currently.

The ratings on BGG are based on an average of user rankings weighted by how many people are actually voting (so if an obscure game gets a 10/10 rating from a total of 2 users voting, they will not leap to the top of the rankings). This list by no means is measuring "The Best" board games in 2017 but rather what was the most popular among board game enthusiasts.

Let's get to it and take a look at the most popular games that were being played in the year 2017! Bonus points to you if you can guess the #1 board game and be sure to brag about your correct guess or even give us your thoughts about the games that made the list in the comments section at the end of the countdown. Enjoy!


10. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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The Castles of Burgundy

RELEASED: 2011

The Hundred Years’ War is over and the Renaissance is looming. Conditions are perfect for the princes of the Loire Valley to propel their estates to prosperity and prominence. Through strategic trading and building, clever planning, and careful thought, players add settlements and castles, practice trade along the river, exploit silver mines, farm livestock and more. 

The game is about players taking settlement tiles from the game board and placing them into their princedom which is represented by the player board. Every tile has a function that starts when the tile is placed in the princedom. The princedom itself consists of several regions, each of which demands its own type of settlement tile.


09. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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7 Wonders Duel

RELEASED: 2015

Essentially a two-player version of the very popular board game 7 Wonders. 

Each player starts with four wonder cards, and the construction of a wonder provides its owner with a special ability. Only seven wonders can be built, though, so one player will end up short.

Players can purchase resources at any time from the bank, or they can gain cards during the game that provide them with resources for future building; as you acquire resources, the cost for those particular resources increases for your opponent, representing your dominance in this area.


08. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Scythe

RELEASED: 2016

Scythe is an engine-building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor.

In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europe who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction's stake in the land around the mysterious Factory. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.


07. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Terra Mystica

RELEASED: 2012

Terra Mystica is a game with very little luck that rewards strategic planning. Each player governs one of the 14 groups. With subtlety and craft, the player must attempt to rule as great an area as possible and to develop that group's skills. There are also four religious cults in which you can progress. To do all that, each group has special skills and abilities.


06. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Terraforming Mars

RELEASED: 2016

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, 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 throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

 

05. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Star Wars: Rebellion

RELEASED: 2016

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 you represent.

Featuring more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards that account for thirty-two of the Star Wars galaxy's most notable systems, Rebellion features a scope that is as large and sweeping as any Star Wars game before it.

04. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Twilight Struggle

RELEASED: 2005

Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. The entire world is the stage on which these two titans fight to make the world safe for their own ideologies and ways of life. The game begins amidst the ruins of Europe as the two new "superpowers" scramble over the wreckage of the Second World War, and ends in 1989, when only the United States remained standing.

03. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization

RELEASED: 2015

Through the Ages is a civilization building game. Each player attempts to build the best civilization through careful resource management, discovering new technologies, electing the right leaders, building wonders and maintaining a strong military. Weakness in any area can be exploited by your opponents. The game takes place throughout the ages beginning in the age of antiquity and ending in the modern age. Victory is achieved by the player whose nation has the most culture at the end of the modern age.

02. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Gloomhaven

RELEASED: 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. In the process, they will enhance their abilities with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story fueled by the decisions they make.

01. Most Popular Board Game in 2017

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Pandemic Legacy: S1

RELEASED: 2015

Pandemic Legacy is a co-operative campaign game, with an overarching story-arc played through 12-24 sessions, depending on how well your group does at the game. At the beginning, the game starts very similar to basic Pandemic, in which your team of disease-fighting specialists races against the clock to travel around the world, treating disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

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