The best action drafting board, card & dice games 2021

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 2021.

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 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 27 board games for this list and selected the top 20. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Scythe

    All details for the board game Scythe and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Scythe
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 115 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!65€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Scythe" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Scythe" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. Inis

    All details for the board game Inis and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Inis
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!130€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Inis

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Inis" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Inis" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Inis" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Inis" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  3. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for San Juan

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "San Juan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "San Juan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "San Juan" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "San Juan" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. Paris: La Cité de la Lumière

    All details for the board game Paris: La Cité de la Lumière and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  5. 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
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  6. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  7. 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
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  8. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    All details for the board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime240 - 480 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  9. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Coimbra

    All details for the board game Coimbra and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards.

    More details for Coimbra
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  11. New Frontiers

    All details for the board game New Frontiers and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 10% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for New Frontiers
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!56€ atAmazon.de
  12. Barrage

    All details for the board game Barrage and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 6.

    More details for Barrage
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!58€ atAmazon.de
  13. In the Year of the Dragon

    All details for the board game In the Year of the Dragon and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime75 - 100 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  14. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime75 - 100 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  15. Yamataï

    All details for the board game Yamataï and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Yamataï
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  16. Gentes

    All details for the board game Gentes and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Gentes
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Gentes

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gentes" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gentes" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  17. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime70 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  18. Alchemists

    All details for the board game Alchemists and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Alchemists
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!38€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Alchemists

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Alchemists" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Alchemists" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  19. Pipeline

    All details for the board game Pipeline and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Pipeline
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Pipeline

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pipeline" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pipeline" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  20. The Cost

    All details for the board game The Cost and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime75 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

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