The best games where you can take notes with pencil and paper 2021

Looking for a really good game where you can take notes with paper and pen? Then we have just the thing for you: The list with the best paper & pen games 2021.

What are paper & pen games?

The games in this list use paper and pen to mark and record answers or attributes. These notes are used to calculate points and determine the winner.

A game that merely keeps score on a piece of paper is not part of this paper-and-pen mechanism.

Examples of games where you can record notes with paper and pencil:

A good example of a paper & pencil game is Telestrations or the many Roll/Flip & Write Games.

list of the best paper & pen games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 377 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Telestrations

    All details for the board game Telestrations and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 6.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Telestrations
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Telestrations

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Telestrations" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Telestrations" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. Silver & Gold

    All details for the board game Silver & Gold and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de
  3. Cartographers

    All details for the board game Cartographers and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Cartographers
    • Players1 - 100 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. 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

    🔥 Deal: 13% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de
  5. Trails of Tucana

    All details for the board game Trails of Tucana and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Trails of Tucana
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  6. Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  7. Qwixx

    All details for the board game Qwixx and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Qwixx
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  8. Mutabo

    All details for the board game Mutabo and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime25 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  9. Encore!

    All details for the board game Encore! and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 10% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Encore!
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!8€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  11. Telestrations After Dark

    All details for the board game Telestrations After Dark and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. Telestrations: 6 Player Family Pack

    All details for the board game Telestrations: 6 Player Family Pack and similar games
    • Players4 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. Qwinto

    All details for the board game Qwinto and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  14. Mini-Mutabo

    All details for the board game Mini-Mutabo and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime25 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  15. Hive Mind

    All details for the board game Hive Mind and similar games
    • Players3 - 12 Players
    • Playtime30 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  16. Railroad Ink Challenge: Shining Yellow Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink Challenge: Shining Yellow Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  17. Dizzle

    All details for the board game Dizzle and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  18. What's Missing?

    All details for the board game What's Missing? and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. Second Chance

    All details for the board game Second Chance and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Second Chance
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 - 15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Second Chance

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Second Chance" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Second Chance" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Second Chance" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Second Chance" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  20. Calavera

    All details for the board game Calavera and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Calavera

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Calavera" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Calavera" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  21. Harvest Dice

    All details for the board game Harvest Dice and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Harvest Dice
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  22. Twice as Clever!

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

    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 9% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Twice as Clever!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de
  23. Patchwork Doodle

    All details for the board game Patchwork Doodle and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Patchwork Doodle
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!4€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Patchwork Doodle

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Patchwork Doodle" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Patchwork Doodle" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Telestrations: Upside Drawn

    All details for the board game Telestrations: Upside Drawn and similar games
    • Players4 - 12 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Telestrations: Upside Drawn

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Telestrations: Upside Drawn" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Telestrations: Upside Drawn" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

    All details for the board game Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Unanimo

    All details for the board game Unanimo and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Unanimo
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Unanimo

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Unanimo" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Unanimo" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  27. Metro X

    All details for the board game Metro X and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama

    All details for the board game Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  29. Knapp Daneben!

    All details for the board game Knapp Daneben! and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Knapp Daneben!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Knapp Daneben!" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Knapp Daneben!" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  30. Twenty One

    All details for the board game Twenty One and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Twenty One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twenty One" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twenty One" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache

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