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The 50 most historically and culturally significant games published since 1800


Settlers of Catan Box Cover

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Games have existed in some form throughout human history, but only have been commercially published with the goal of selling them to a wide audience since the 1800s. These are my picks for the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

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1800 - 1849

1850 - 1899

1900 - 1919

1920 - 1939


1950 - 1959

1960 - 1969

1970 - 1979

1980 - 1989

1990 - 1999

2000 - present

Honorable Mentions

The games on the Honorable Mentions list didn't make it into the Top 50 for various reasons, but deserve to be mentioned as culturally and historically significant modern games.

Games by Publisher

The games listed here are also listed on a separate page organized by game publisher.

It goes without saying that this list is subjective. It was written with an admitted U.S. bias. If you think I've missed an important game or included one that shouldn't be there, please post a note in the About.com Board and Card Games Forum.

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