The best worker placement games 2022

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 2022

This list was last updated on May 24, 2022. We compared 845 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Forgotten Waters

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!48€ atAmazon.de
  2. PARKS

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  3. Dune: Imperium

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    Nominated for 10 awards and won 4.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Everdell

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    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    🔥 Deal: 7% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de

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  5. Lords of Waterdeep

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Lost Ruins of Arnak

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    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. Targi

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2012

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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  8. Viticulture Essential Edition

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de
  9. 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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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Under Falling Skies

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Fabled Fruit

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    Nominated for 4 awards.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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  12. Champions of Midgard

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. Stone Age

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    Nominated for 22 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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  14. Tokaido

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    Nominated for 5 awards.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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  15. Architects of the West Kingdom

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    Nominated for 17 awards and won 5.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!65€ atAmazon.de

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  16. Stone Age: Anniversary

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Imhotep

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2016

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Mint Works

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Istanbul

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    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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  20. Century: A New World

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game – Night's Watch Starter Set

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Everdell: Collector's Edition

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  24. Little Town

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    Nominated for 4 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de
  25. Atlantis Rising (Second Edition)

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    • 1 - 7 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!53€ atAmazon.de
  26. Kanagawa

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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  27. Raiders of Scythia

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  28. Pan Am

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    🔥 Deal: 19% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!33€ atAmazon.de
  29. Plague Inc.: The Board Game

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!38€ atAmazon.de

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  30. Beyond the Sun

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    Nominated for 6 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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