2017 Best Board Game Nominees

Come see our list of the Best Board Games of 2017!

Trying to pick the top Board Game of 2017 is similar to trying to drink from a fire hose – there are hundreds of games to choose from. Needless to say, cutting down the list was a monumental task but our own Board Game ringer Matt Sall was up to the task.

Now, we do have one major note to make before we continue: We’re only counting games that had a retail release, not just a successfully funded and shipped Kickstarter. If you can’t go to a store and pick-up a copy of one of these games this year, then they didn’t make the cut (looking at you Gloomhaven). We did count new editions of games, but we had to skip releases that were expansion packs to existing games – hey, we had to draw the line somewhere. With that said, let’s dive in!

Aristeia! – Corvus Belli

Clank! In! Space! – Renegade Games Studio

Dice Forge – Asmodee


Twilight Imperium 4th Edition – Fantasy Flight Games

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire – Games Workshop

That’s our list for the Best Board Games of 2017.  There were so many out there that just didn’t make the cut from Bob Ross: Art of Chill, The Tomb of Annihilation, Magic Maze, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, to a TON More. And don’t get us started on Card Game/Board Game hybrids…oh man.


2017 had some great Board Games – which ones were your favorite?

  • marxlives

    I don’t know any boardmeisters in the audience to chime in?

  • Matthew Pomeroy

    Shadespire doesnt belong here, it is not nearly as good as “tomb of annhilation” which should be near the top. pandemic season 2, quest for el dorado, spirit island. etc… shadespire is ok, but its not really in their league as far as quality/cost/replayability..

    • Randy Randalman

      Then you haven’t played it. Shadespire has literally endless replay-ability. It’s designed as a tournament arena game and it’s having huge success as such. The miniatures/pieces themselves aren’t what it’s about. It’s the deck construction, maps, and economy generation. More is up to the player than in any of the other games listed here.

      That said, I wouldn’t rate it as the best board game of the year; definitely the best new competitive game, however.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        well no you are quite wrong, I have it and all its expansions currently available, it is boring as hell as it becomes the same game over and over very quickly, I have played a very large amount of boardgames and shadespire is mediocre at best. as for its “success” that depends on where you are at. here it was a flop. It sold poorly and is not played in most stores.

      • Jeremy Larson

        I would consider component quality as one of the categories for consideration. Gloomhaven and Mechs vs Minions for instance have amazing quality components, excellent component and board design, and even restore in the box after playing super neatly.

      • ZeeLobby

        Oh Randy… Of course you’d say these things…

  • Jeremy Larson

    Gloomhaven, Massive Dungeon, and Mechs vs Minions should definitely be on this list. Shadespire definitely shouldn’t, and neither should Twilight Imperium 4th (as much as I enjoy it, it’s not an improvement on 3rd, and actually takes longer to play with less to do). Not sure what else I would bump off the list.

    • Rahl

      Unfortunately, the article mentions the game having a retail release as a condition, specifically mentioning that being why Gloomhaven isn’t there. Not sure about the others though.

  • Simon Chatterley

    I only really buy games through Kickstarter these days so I’m a bit out touch with retail.

    But best games I’ve received this year were Dragon Brew and the Tiny Epic Galaxies expansion Beyond the Black. Both have had a lot of play since being received and when they go retail check them out.

  • marlowc

    Is Necromunda a board game? I think it’s already better than Shadespire, and will certainly be better when all next year’s stuff comes out.

    • ZeeLobby

      Gloomhaven man. So awesome. We’re kicking off a round this break!

  • ZeeLobby

    Def great games not on this list. Honestly the only one I’d carry over is TI4, purely because it was my first introduction to what has been a great series of board games.