The best Board Games for Hardcore Gamers 2021

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 2021:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 19080 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!121€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. 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
  3. The 7th Continent

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

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

    More details for The 7th Continent
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 - 1000 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  4. Nemesis

    All details for the board game Nemesis and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Nemesis
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. Gaia Project

    All details for the board game Gaia Project and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gaia Project
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  6. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  7. Kingdom Death: Monster

    All details for the board game Kingdom Death: Monster and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 180 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Kingdom Death: Monster

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdom Death: Monster" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdom Death: Monster" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  8. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!71€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Rebellion

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Rebellion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Rebellion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  9. Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition

    All details for the board game Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 8% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime150 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: extreme
    🔥 Great price!83€ atAmazon.de
  10. Food Chain Magnate

    All details for the board game Food Chain Magnate and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Food Chain Magnate
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Food Chain Magnate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Food Chain Magnate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Food Chain Magnate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  11. The City of Kings

    All details for the board game The City of Kings and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  12. 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
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  13. Eclipse

    All details for the board game Eclipse and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    More details for Eclipse
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!139€ atAmazon.de
  14. Mage Knight Board Game

    All details for the board game Mage Knight Board Game and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Mage Knight Board Game
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    🔥 Great price!36€ atAmazon.de
  15. Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death

    All details for the board game Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  16. Spirit Island

    All details for the board game Spirit Island and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 1.

    More details for Spirit Island
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  17. Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress

    All details for the board game Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!225€ atAmazon.de
  18. Ora et Labora

    All details for the board game Ora et Labora and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ora et Labora
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de
  19. Brass: Birmingham

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

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  20. Eldritch Horror

    All details for the board game Eldritch Horror and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Eldritch Horror
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Eldritch Horror

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Eldritch Horror" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Eldritch Horror" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  21. Caverna: The Cave Farmers

    All details for the board game Caverna: The Cave Farmers and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for Caverna: The Cave Farmers
    • Players1 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 - 210 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  22. On Mars

    All details for the board game On Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for On Mars
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 150 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: extreme
  23. Great Western Trail

    All details for the board game Great Western Trail and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    More details for Great Western Trail
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime75 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Great Western Trail

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Star Wars: Imperial Assault

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

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Star Wars: Imperial Assault
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Imperial Assault

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Imperial Assault" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Imperial Assault" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  25. Xia: Legends of a Drift System

    All details for the board game Xia: Legends of a Drift System and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Xia: Legends of a Drift System

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Xia: Legends of a Drift System" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Xia: Legends of a Drift System" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  26. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  27. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

    All details for the board game Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  28. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

    All details for the board game Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!44€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  29. D-Day at Omaha Beach

    All details for the board game D-Day at Omaha Beach and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for D-Day at Omaha Beach
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime480 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  30. Dominant Species

    All details for the board game Dominant Species and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dominant Species
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!37€ atAmazon.de

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