The best games where players can form alliances 2024

Looking for a really good game where players can form alliances? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best alliance games 2024.

What are alliance games?

Games where players form alliances players can have formal relationships with each other that can change over the course of the game.

Distinction from negotiation games

This differs from Negotiation Mechanism in that these relationships are governed by specific game rules. For example, in Dune, players can form alliances in each nexus phase that last until the next nexus phase. During this time, players win together, may not attack each other, and grant their ally a special power. In "Struggle of Empires", players bid for the right to choose their ally for that round, for which similar rules apply.

Differentiation from fixed teams in team-based games.

This also differs from team-based games in that alliances can potentially change during the game. If players must be allied for the entire game and win or lose together, it is a team-based game.

List of the best alliances games 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 126 board games for this list and selected the top 20. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Cosmic Encounter

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    Cosmic Encounter is an iconic board game that combines elements of strategy, diplomacy, and unique alien powers, set in a dynamic universe of shifting alliances and interstellar conflict.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  2. Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy

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    Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy is an enhanced version of the original Eclipse game, first released in 2011. It's a grand strategy game set in the depths of space, where players lead their own interstellar civilizations to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 200 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  3. Good Cop Bad Cop

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    Good Cop Bad Cop plunges players into a morally ambiguous world of law enforcement, where distinguishing friend from foe is as challenging as it is crucial. In this high-stakes game of hidden identities and deduction, trust is a commodity, deception is a strategy, and survival depends on your ability to uncover the truth.

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Kameloot

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Good Cop Bad Cop (Third Edition)

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Ankh: Gods of Egypt

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    Ankh: Gods of Egypt is a deeply thematic board game that immerses players in the ancient world of Egyptian mythology. In this game, players assume the roles of Egyptian gods vying for supremacy and survival in an era where the old ways and their followers are fading. The game stands out for its blend of strategic gameplay, stunning artwork, and detailed miniatures, offering a richly immersive experience.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Ankh: Gods of Egypt
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. Rising Sun

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    In the mystical realm of legendary feudal Japan, the forgotten Kami have arisen from the underworld, dissatisfied with the ruling Shōgun. As spring heralds the Great New Year, the sacred clans gather to embark on a quest to reclaim the lands of Nippon, restoring honor and spirituality. Honorable Shōgun, you lead one of these clans, navigating a delicate balance of diplomacy, alliances, and war in the pursuit of victory. Will you uphold the ancient promise with strength, virtue, and spirit in the board game Rising Sun?

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  8. The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Sweet Existence: A Strange Planet Card Game

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 40 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Dune

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    Dune is a captivating board game that plunges players into the intricate and politically charged universe of Frank Herbert's iconic science fiction novel. This game is a blend of strategy, resource management, and negotiation, set on the harsh desert planet of Arrakis, also known as Dune.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  11. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)

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    A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) is a strategy board game that immerses players in the world of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's a game of diplomacy, warfare, and intrigue, capturing the essence of the epic fantasy saga.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  12. A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition)

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  13. Struggle of Empires

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    Struggle of Empires offers a deep, strategic experience that simulates the complex geopolitical conflicts of the 18th century among European powers. Players vie for dominance through military might, economic development, strategic alliances, and colonial expansion, all while navigating the delicate balance of power that defines the era.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Struggle of Empires
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  14. Rex: Final Days of an Empire

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    Rex: Final Days of an Empire is a reimagined game set in the Twilight Imperium universe, offering a rich blend of strategy, diplomacy, and conflict. Designed for 3-6 players, this game takes you back 3,000 years before Twilight Imperium to the decline of the Lazax empire. Players represent different interstellar civilizations vying for control over the crumbling imperial city in a galaxy teetering on the edge of chaos. Unique asymmetrical racial abilities and a focus on negotiation, betrayal, and warfare make this game an intense experience of tactical mastery.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne

    • YouTube Review for the game "Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  16. Breaking Bad: The Board Game

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Breaking Bad: The Board Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Breaking Bad: The Board Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  17. Die Macher

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    Die Macher is a deeply strategic board game centered around seven sequential political races in various regions of Germany. Players take on the roles of leaders of national political parties, tasked with wisely managing their resources to lead their party to victory across these regional elections.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  18. Campaign

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 360 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Very hard to learn
  20. James Clavell's Whirlwind

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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