The best action drafting board, card & dice games 2022

Looking for a good game that involves fighting over actions? Then we have just the thing: our top list of the best action drafting games 2022.

What are action drafting games?

Action drafting literally means "action drafting" or "action selection." In the board game world, this means that players choose from an assortment of actions in a common pool. The available actions are limited in quantity. Once a player has selected an action, he and usually everyone else may not select it again.

Differentiation from other game categories

A very related game category is "open draw"/ "drafting" (e.g. card-drawing (Wingspan), Dice (That's pretty clever), tokens (Azul)). This is more general and not limited to actions - which is why we created a separate category for it: drafting-games.

List of the best action drafting games 2022

This list was last updated on May 5, 2022. We compared 54 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Citadels

    All details for the board game Citadels and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2000

    More details for Citadels
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Paris: La Cité de la Lumière

    All details for the board game Paris: La Cité de la Lumière and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de
  3. 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
    🔥 Great price!63€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review for the game "Scythe" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Inis

    All details for the board game Inis and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Inis
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!130€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Inis

    • YouTube Review for the game "Inis" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Inis" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. San Juan

    All details for the board game San Juan and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for San Juan
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for San Juan

    • YouTube Review for the game "San Juan" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "San Juan" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2002

    More details for Puerto Rico
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. Beyond the Sun

    All details for the board game Beyond the Sun and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Beyond the Sun
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!67€ atAmazon.de
  8. El Grande

    All details for the board game El Grande and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1996

    More details for El Grande
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Grand Austria Hotel

    All details for the board game Grand Austria Hotel and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Grand Austria Hotel

    • YouTube Review for the game "Grand Austria Hotel" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Dice Hospital

    All details for the board game Dice Hospital and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dice Hospital
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Dice Hospital

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dice Hospital" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Rising Sun

    All details for the board game Rising Sun and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for Rising Sun
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  12. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    All details for the board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 5% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 240 - 480 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!102€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    • YouTube Review for the game "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Yspahan

    All details for the board game Yspahan and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2007

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2007

    More details for Yspahan
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de
  14. Coimbra

    All details for the board game Coimbra and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 10% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Coimbra
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!45€ atAmazon.de
  15. New Frontiers

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for New Frontiers
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Barrage

    All details for the board game Barrage and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Barrage
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!58€ atAmazon.de
  17. In the Year of the Dragon

    All details for the board game In the Year of the Dragon and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 75 - 100 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Riverboat

    All details for the board game Riverboat and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Riverboat
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  19. In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary

    All details for the board game In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 75 - 100 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 70 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  21. Yukon Airways

    All details for the board game Yukon Airways and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de
  22. Yamataï

    All details for the board game Yamataï and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Yamataï
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Gentes

    All details for the board game Gentes and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Gentes
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Gentes

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gentes" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Alchemists

    All details for the board game Alchemists and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Alchemists
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Alchemists

    • YouTube Review for the game "Alchemists" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  25. Imaginarium

    All details for the board game Imaginarium and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Pipeline

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    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Pipeline
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Pipeline

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pipeline" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun

    All details for the board game Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 27% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!36€ atAmazon.de
  28. Nauticus

    All details for the board game Nauticus and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  29. The King's Will

    All details for the board game The King's Will and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 50 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. The Cost

    All details for the board game The Cost and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for The Cost
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn

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