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OwnerScott Alden Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedJanuary 2000; 21 years ago (2000-01)

BoardGameGeek (BGG) is an online forum for board gaming hobbyists and a game database that holds reviews, images and videos for over 125,600 different tabletop games, including European-style board games, wargames, and card games.[1] In addition to the game database, the site allows users to rate games on a 1–10 scale and publishes a ranked list of board games.[2][3][4] As of 2021, Gloomhaven is its highest rated game.


BoardGameGeek was founded in January 2000 by Scott Alden and Derk Solko,[5] and marked its 20th anniversary on 20 January 2020.[6]

Since 2006, the site annually awards the best new board games of the year with the Golden Geek Award. Winners are selected based on a vote by registered users.[7]

Since 2005, BoardGameGeek hosts an annual board game convention, BGG.CON, that has a focus on playing games, and where winners of the Golden Geek Awards are announced. New games are showcased and convention staff is provided to teach rules.[8] There is also an annual Spring BGG.CON which is family friendly, and an annual BGG@Sea which is held on a cruise.

In 2010, BoardGameGeek received the Diana Jones Award, which recognized it as "a resource without peer for board and card gamers, the recognized authority of this online community."[9] The New York Times has called BoardGameGeek "the hub of board gaming on the internet."[10]

The site has branched out into other fields by using the same system for RPGs and video games ( and

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  1. ^ Woods, Stewart (2009). Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786467976.
  2. ^ Riese, Monica (2016-09-25). "The 10 best board games for families". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  3. ^ Roeder, Oliver (2015-01-22). "Stop Playing Monopoly With Your Kids (And Play These Games Instead)". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  4. ^ Anderson, Nate. "Pandemic Legacy is the best board game ever—but is it "fun?"". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  5. ^ Woods, Stewart (2012). Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games. McFarland. p. 121. ISBN 9780786490653.
  6. ^ Damerst, Lincoln (20 January 2020). "Happy 20th Anniversary BGG! Jan 20, 2020". Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  7. ^ Hall, Charlie (2015-02-13). "The best tabletop RPGs of 2014, finalists from Board Game Geek". Polygon. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  8. ^ Morgan, Matt. "13 New Tabletop Games for Winter - The Best of BGG Con". The Escapist. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  9. ^ "The 2010 Award for Excellence in Gaming". The Diana Jones Award. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  10. ^ Draper, Kevin (August 1, 2019). "Should Board Gamers Play the Roles of Racists, Slavers and Nazis?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2019.

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