The best games in which you have to draft 2021

Looking for a game that doesn't rely purely on chance? Then we have just the thing: The 30 best games in which you have to draw. These are so called "drafting" games.

What are drafting games?

Drafting is a means of distributing cards (Wingspan), dice (That's Pretty Clever), tokens (Azul), or other game elements to players through an orderly selection process.

A typical implementation is that each player receives the same number of cards, for example. The players then choose one card to keep. They pass the rest to their left, for example. This continues until all cards are taken. 7 Wonders uses this kind of/drafting.

Alternative ways to draft game elements

One alternative is to deal cards to only one player. This player then takes a card and passes it on until all players have cards. This is, of course, heavily biased towards the first player and needs to be supported thematically and in a balanced way. Without Fear and Nobility/Citadels has this type of drafting.

Open drafting

Another type is "open drafting", where players are shown all options - and each player takes turns choosing. This is similar to action selection/action drafting or worker placement.

List of Best Drafting Games 2021

This list was last updated on March 2, 2021. We compared 110 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 7 Wonders Duel

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders Duel and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 9.

    More details for 7 Wonders Duel
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    😕 Questionable price22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for 7 Wonders Duel

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "7 Wonders Duel" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "7 Wonders Duel" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 15.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 70 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  3. Sushi Go Party!

    All details for the board game Sushi Go Party! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sushi Go Party!
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  5. Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

    All details for the board game Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    😕 Questionable price80€ atAmazon.de
  6. The Isle of Cats

    All details for the board game The Isle of Cats and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for The Isle of Cats
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Isle of Cats

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Isle of Cats" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Isle of Cats" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. Azul: Summer Pavilion

    All details for the board game Azul: Summer Pavilion and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Azul: Summer Pavilion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Azul: Summer Pavilion

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  8. That's Pretty Clever!

    All details for the board game That's Pretty Clever! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  9. 7 Wonders

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders and similar games

    Nominated for 33 awards and won 19.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for 7 Wonders
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!55€ atAmazon.de
  10. Splendor

    All details for the board game Splendor and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Splendor
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Splendor

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Splendor" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  11. It's a Wonderful World

    All details for the board game It's a Wonderful World and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for It's a Wonderful World
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

    More details for Sagrada
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  13. Sushi Go!

    All details for the board game Sushi Go! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sushi Go!
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de
  14. Draftosaurus

    All details for the board game Draftosaurus and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Draftosaurus
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Draftosaurus

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Draftosaurus" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Draftosaurus" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  15. Ohanami

    All details for the board game Ohanami and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!6€ atAmazon.de
  16. Lost Ruins of Arnak

    All details for the board game Lost Ruins of Arnak and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  17. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    All details for the board game Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  18. Architects of the West Kingdom

    All details for the board game Architects of the West Kingdom and similar games

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    More details for Architects of the West Kingdom
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Architects of the West Kingdom

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Architects of the West Kingdom" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Architects of the West Kingdom" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  19. Sushi Roll

    All details for the board game Sushi Roll and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Sushi Roll
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Sushi Roll

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sushi Roll" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sushi Roll" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  20. Roll Player

    All details for the board game Roll Player and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Roll Player
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Roll Player

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Roll Player" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  21. Bunny Kingdom

    All details for the board game Bunny Kingdom and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Bunny Kingdom
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!47€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Bunny Kingdom

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Bunny Kingdom" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Bunny Kingdom" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Bunny Kingdom" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Bunny Kingdom" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  22. FUSE

    All details for the board game FUSE and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Twice as Clever!

    All details for the board game Twice as Clever! and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Twice as Clever!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de
  24. Noctiluca

    All details for the board game Noctiluca and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Noctiluca
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. The Taverns of Tiefenthal

    All details for the board game The Taverns of Tiefenthal and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for The Taverns of Tiefenthal
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    💸 Too expensive!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Taverns of Tiefenthal

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Taverns of Tiefenthal" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Taverns of Tiefenthal" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  26. 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
    💸 Too expensive!149€ atAmazon.de
  27. Ecosystem

    All details for the board game Ecosystem and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. 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
  29. Dizzle

    All details for the board game Dizzle and similar games
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    More details for Dizzle
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de
  30. Seasons

    All details for the board game Seasons and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Seasons
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Seasons

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Seasons" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Seasons" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Seasons" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Seasons" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Seasons" von "BoardGameGeek"
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