By nature top 10 board game lists of 2017 (or any top 10 list for that matter, for any year) are bound to be subjective.
Comprehensive board game lists are complicated by many factors, two of which are the many genres of board games, of which some reviewers may have specific (dis)interest, and reviewers’ time to play or read about all games.
For this list, I have aggregated other reviewers’ lists to create what I hope is a useful look at some of the best board games of 2017.
I am spotlighting games that either appeared on at least 2 of the 7 lists or were ranked #1 by a reviewer. I recommend you check out each individual’s respective list, though, to read their full thoughts on each game. That said, I am providing a summary of the comments for each spotlighted game.
Before getting to the games, here are some quick highlights:
- Only 3 games appeared on at least four lists: Near and Far, The 7th Continent, and Spirit Island.
- 48 different games appeared on at least one list.
- Gloomhaven only appeared on 3 lists…but it was ranked 1st on all three!
- 4 different games occupied the 1st spot on the remaining lists.
Link to all of the lists:
- BoardGameQuest (BGQ)
- Braling Brothers (BB)
- Dice Tower – Tom Vasel (DTTV)
- Dice Tower – Eric Summerer (DTES)
- Dice Tower – People’s Choice (DTPC)
- IGN (IGN)
- Punchboard Media (PBM)
Best Board Game of 2017
Best Board Game of 2017 (Runner-up)
The Other Game That Appeared on 5 Lists
4 out of 7 Lists Ain’t Bad
Board Game Quest’s Best Game of 2017
Brawlin’ Brothers’ Best Game of 2017
Dice Tower’s Eric Summerer’s Best Game of 2017
Punchboard Media’s Best Game of 2017
Honorable Mention (3 lists)
Draft dice and use the tools-of-the-trade in Sagrada to carefully construct your stained glass window masterpiece.
IGN: “Simple rules, striking aesthetics and satisfying puzzle solving give Sagrada a very wide range of appeal.”
PBM: “Finally, Peter Wocken’s art is marvelous as well as highly detailed (I photographed this game in a stained-glass studio, and a professional window maker noted that the art reflects the trade and is accurate).Finally, Peter Wocken’s art is marvelous as well as highly detailed (I photographed this game in a stained-glass studio, and a professional window maker noted that the art reflects the trade and is accurate).”