The best worker placement games 2021

Worker placement is a game mechanic for board games. We have selected the best worker placement games for you.

What are worker placement games?

Worker Placement is a game mechanic and also known as "drawing actions". The worker placement mechanism requires players to select individual actions from a set of actions available to all players. In general, players select actions one at a time and in order. There is generally a limit to the number of times a single action may be performed. Once this limit is reached for an action, it usually either becomes more expensive to perform again - or it cannot be performed for the rest of the round. Therefore, not all actions can be performed by all players in a given round, and "blocking" of the action occurs. If the game is structured in rounds, all actions are usually refreshed at the beginning or end of each round, so that they become available again.

Different variants of action-drawing Worker Placements.

Actions are usually selected by placing tiles or tokens on the selected actions. Each player usually has a limited number of tokens with which to participate in the process. Some games achieve the same effect in reverse: the round begins with action spaces filled with tokens that players claim for a fee.

The various professions gave the game its name

From a thematic point of view, the tiles that players use to design actions often represent workers in a particular occupation (but this category of mechanism is not necessarily limited to or by this thematic representation). In other words, players often "thematically place workers" to show which actions were designed by individual players. In Agricola, for example, each player starts with two pieces representing family members that can be placed on action spaces to gather resources or perform other actions such as building fences. When someone places a piece on a particular space, that action is no longer available until the next turn.

Examples of worker placement games

Keydom, released in 1998, is widely recognized as the first game of the worker placement genre. Early design experiments with this mechanism include Way Out West (2000) and Bus (1999). Well-known worker placement examples include Agricola (2007), Caylus (2005), and Stone Age (2008).

For more details on the topic, see the Wikipedia article on Worker Placement.

List of the best Worker Placement games 2021

This list was last updated on May 14, 2021. We compared 677 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. PARKS

    All details for the board game PARKS and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

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    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de
  2. Forgotten Waters

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!47€ atAmazon.de
  3. Everdell

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

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  4. Lords of Waterdeep

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

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    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  5. Targi

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2012

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    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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  6. Raiders of the North Sea

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  7. Dune: Imperium

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  8. Lost Ruins of Arnak

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  9. Champions of Midgard

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!62€ atAmazon.de
  10. Stone Age

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    Nominated for 22 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

    More details for Stone Age
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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  11. Noctiluca

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. Mint Works

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Architects of the West Kingdom

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    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    🔥 Deal: 14% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
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    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!55€ atAmazon.de

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  14. Imhotep

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Imhotep
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Stone Age: Anniversary

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Istanbul

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    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Istanbul
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

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  17. Century: A New World

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Under Falling Skies

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    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  19. Near and Far

    All details for the board game Near and Far and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!75€ atAmazon.de

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  20. Plague Inc.: The Board Game

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!38€ atAmazon.de

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  21. Imhotep: The Duel

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    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!13€ atAmazon.de

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  22. Kitchen Rush

    All details for the board game Kitchen Rush and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Kitchen Rush
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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  23. Rajas of the Ganges

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!36€ atAmazon.de
  24. Little Town

    All details for the board game Little Town and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Little Town
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Manila

    All details for the board game Manila and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 46% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Manila
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!19€ atAmazon.de
  26. Raiders of Scythia

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  27. Dinosaur Island

    All details for the board game Dinosaur Island and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    More details for Dinosaur Island
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!61€ atAmazon.de
  28. Pan Am

    All details for the board game Pan Am and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de
  29. Everdell: Collector's Edition

    All details for the board game Everdell: Collector's Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  30. Fallout Shelter: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Fallout Shelter: The Board Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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