The best Board Games for Hardcore Gamers 2023

Do you prefer playing complex and involved games? Is your idea of a perfect weekend a trip to Flippin' Burgers followed by a long game of board games with friends? This list is for you.

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Attached is the list of the best board games for gamers that you can buy 2023:

This list was last updated on January 25, 2023. We compared 79211 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Forgotten Waters

    All details for the board game Forgotten Waters and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Forgotten Waters
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!48€ atAmazon.de
  2. Destinies

    All details for the board game Destinies and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 3 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2022

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de
  4. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  5. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 14.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  6. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. The Castles of Burgundy

    All details for the board game The Castles of Burgundy and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 70 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de
  8. Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 5.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  10. Star Wars: Outer Rim

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Outer Rim and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Ark Nova

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de
  12. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!141€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. The 7th Continent

    All details for the board game The 7th Continent and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 5 - 1000 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Zombicide: Black Plague

    All details for the board game Zombicide: Black Plague and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!78€ atAmazon.de
  15. Sleeping Gods

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Brass: Birmingham

    All details for the board game Brass: Birmingham and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Birmingham" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Birmingham" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. Nemesis

    All details for the board game Nemesis and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Concordia Venus

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Concordia Venus
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Concordia Venus

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia Venus" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia Venus" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

    All details for the board game Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Lost Ruins of Arnak

    All details for the board game Lost Ruins of Arnak and similar games

    Nominated for 24 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!56€ atAmazon.de
  21. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1985

    More details for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  22. Scythe

    All details for the board game Scythe and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Scythe
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 115 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!70€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review for the game "Scythe" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  23. Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 200 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!119€ atAmazon.de
  24. Star Wars: Rebellion

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Rebellion and similar games

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    More details for Star Wars: Rebellion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Rebellion

    • YouTube Review for the game "Star Wars: Rebellion" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  25. Twilight Struggle

    All details for the board game Twilight Struggle and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  26. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    All details for the board game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  27. Darksiders: The Forbidden Land

    All details for the board game Darksiders: The Forbidden Land and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Wonderland's War

    All details for the board game Wonderland's War and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 125 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  29. Beyond the Sun

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    Nominated for 6 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2002

    More details for Puerto Rico
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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