Board games are often playable with different amounts of players, but most of the time people prefer a certain amount as the ‘optimal’ amount of players. Luckily the loyal fans of BoardGameGeek voted for the best amount of players for each game and the list below sums up the 8 highest rated games for 3 players. Enjoy!
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Best board games to play with 3 players
7. Through the Ages: A story of Civilization
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is a strategic civilization building game which revolves heavily around economics. This is the 2006 version of the game which has gotten a remake since then which is actually a lot higher on this list (#2). The core mechanics involve hand management, card drafting and auction/bidding. Even though, this game has been replaced by its younger brother it still remains one of the most popular board games in the world.
Playtime: 240 minutes
Difficulty: 4.17 / 5
Developer: Eagle Games
Viticulture is an economic / farming type of game. The game heavily relies on hand management and worker placement. It is set in Italy in pre-modern Tuscany. As the owner of a vineyard you just inherited a vineyard and are responsible for the survival of this property through the season.
Playtime: 45-90 minutes
Difficulty: 2.94 / 5
5. Mansion of Madness
Mansions of Madness is a Horror adventure and exploration game set in a haunted mansion. The game also has a modular board and can be played co-operative as well as alone! The game revolves around area movement, dice rolling and hand management to survive. The first version of this game entered the market in 2011 with the second edition released in 2016.
Playtime: 120-180 minutes
Difficulty: 2.64 / 5
4. Great Western Trail
Great Western Trail is a strategy game set in the American West. You are a rancher and move with your cattle from Texas to the city of Kansas. In Kansas City you are able to sell your cattle for a profit. During the game you are busy deck / pool building, managing your hand and moving your meeples around.
Playtime: 75-150 minutes
Difficulty: 3.69 / 5
Developer: 999 Games
3. Terraforming Mars
Playtime: 120 minutes
Difficulty: 3.26 / 5
Developer: Stronghold Games
2. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is the new edition of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (which is on position 7 on this list), with many changes, small and large, to the game’s cards over its three ages and extensive changes to how military works.
The core mechanics remained the same in this civilization building game and people who loved the first game will certainly love this new edition! There is also an application of this game so you can play it on your table or phone!
Playtime: 180-240 minutes
Difficulty: 4.36 / 5
Developer: Czech Games Edition
At the very top of the best board games for 3 players stands Gloomhaven. It is a Euro-inspired tactical combat game in a persistent world of shifting motives. This game is ideally played over may game sessions, as when you finish one session you can decide how the story continues. Which makes Gloomhaven a truly fantastic game and deserving of the #1 position on this list.
Playtime: 30-120 minutes
Difficulty: 3.78 / 5
Developer: Cephalofair Games
And this concludes our list of best board games for 3 players. Remember that if a game is not in this list it might still be a very good game, these games are just the best of the best in this category according to BoardGameGeek.