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1. Introduction

There are many places to play games online, whether you want to play in real time or turn-based games.

2. Real-Time

Arimaa. Play versus humans or a ladder of various AI players. Tutorials, problems, strategy info.
Battlegrounds Games
Commercial, Windows/Mac, game-agnostic peer-to-peer software that supports playing most RPGs and many wargames, boardgames, and card games (no scripting required). Most of the digital game conversions for Battlegrounds are free.
Now available: Aliens, Aliens: This Time It's War, Asteroid Zero-Four, Banzai, Chunky Fighters, Close Assault, D-Day Dice: Free Trial Version, Dead of Night, Up Front: Desert War, Dice of the Living Dead, Zombinion (a zombie re-theme of Dominion), Zombinion: Entrails (a zombie re-theme of Dominion: Intrigue), Zombinion: Genocide (a zombie re-theme of Dominion: Seaside), The Dungeon of D, Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game, Intruder, Island Of D 2: The Shadow of Dawn, Feudal Ops (a medieval re-theme of Nexus Ops), For Sale, Star Wars Edition (a Star Wars re-theme of For Sale), Pioneer in Peril (an introductory game for Outlaws: Adventures in the Old West), Ostfront, Outrider, Outrider: Dealin' Damage, Outrider: Tuner Cards, Search for the Emperor's Treasure, Star Trek: The Dice Game, Thrones, Up Front, Valkenburg Castle, Zombie Plague, Zombie Plague: The Cellar, Zombie Plague: Crawlers, Zombie Plague: Twitchers, Zombies in our neighborhood
Possibly coming soon: Car Wars, Wiz-War, Wiz-War: Expansion Set, Wiz-War: Expansion Set #2
Board Game Arena

World Largest online community for online boardgaming: 173 games, more than 1 000,000 players, 45 languages, 520k games played per month.

The website is real-time based in web browser (no software client). Note: Turn-based is supported.

For core gamers:
Amyitis, Caylus, Dark Agent, Dungeon Twister, Expedition: Northwest Passage, Gear & Piston, Gosu, In the Year of the Dragon, Keyflower, Libertalia, Madeira, Nippon, Polis: Fight for the Hegemony, Puerto Rico, Race for the Galaxy, Roll for the Galaxy, Russian Railroads, Seasons, Signorie, Spyrium, Tash-Kalar, Terra Mystica, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal Trade, Through the Ages, Through the Ages: A new Story of Civilization, Time Masters, Tournay, Troyes, Tzolk'in.

For regular players:
Elfenland, Florenza: The Card Game, Hawaii, K2, Kahuna, Lords of Xidit, Stone Age, Targi, Thermopyles, The Palaces of Carrara, Tobago, Tokaïdo, Twin Tin Bots, Quantum.

Casual games:
7 Wonders, 8 Masters' Revenge, Apocalypse au Zoo de Carson City, Armadöra, Assyria, Battle Sheep, Belote, Bombay, Briscola,Buttons, Bubblee Pop, Can't Stop, Carcassonne, Caribbean All Fours, Category 5 (6 nimmt!), Celestia, Clans of Caledonia, Colt Express, Coloretto, Coup, Diam's, Dice Forge, Dragonheart, Dragon Castle, Dragon Keeper: The Dungeon, Dragon Line, Eminent Domain, Eruption, Four Color Cards, For Sale, French Tarot, Gaïa, Guildes, Haggis, Hanabi, Hack Trick, Ice Cold Ice Hockey, Incan Gold, Injawara, Innovation, Jaipur, Jump Gate, Khronos, Kingdomino, Koryŏ, Krosmaster: Arena, Le Dernier Peuple, Legendary Inventors, Lewis & Clark, Liar's Dice (Perudo), Logger, Lost Cities, Love Letter, Metromania, Nautilus, Niagara, Nile, Noir: Killer vs. Inspector, Not Alone, Outlaws: Last Man Standing, Origin, Palace, Penny Press, P.I., Saboteur, Secret Moon, Saint Poker, Skat, Sobek, Solo, Stir Fry Eighteen, Takara Island, Takenoko, Taluva, The Battle for Hill 218, The Boss, The Builders: Antiquity, The Builders: Middle Ages, The Jelly Monster Lab, The King's Guild, Tiki, The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow, Veggie Garden.

Abstract games:
Alveole, Backgammon, Battle of LITS, Battleships, Blooms, Checkers, Chess, Chinagold, Cinco, Circle of Life, Colorpop, Djambi, Evo, Go, Gomoku, Gorami, Gygès, Hearts, Hex, Hive, Hypnosia, Isaac, Kabaleo, Koi-Koi, KQJ, Lines of Action, Machiavelli, Mammalath, Mancala (Kalah), Neutreeko, Nine Men's Morris, Nxs, Oh Hell!, Ponte del Diavolo, Pylos, Quarto, Quoridor, Reversi, Remember When ..., Senet, Siam, Tablut, Tock, Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype, United Square, Xiangqi, Yahtzee. hosts over 80 games; mostly 2 player abstracts, but also a few "euros" and other multiplayer games. All the games are real-time and almost all have robot players available. The latest additions are Kulami Viticulture Essential Edition Mbrane and Blooms. Players using Macs, Pcs, Android and IOS all play together.
Real time board games with chess, rummikub, scrabble, checkers, connect 4, yahty, ludo, naval battle, go and othello. New: Lost Cities: the board game (Keltis)
More than 60, with at least 9 expansions, and 15 solitaire
Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride, Gang of Four, Queen's Necklace, Fist of Dragonstones, Memoir '44
Traditional Cribbage and board game variations on Cribbage. Real-time, AIs, Tournaments etc.
Create, Play, Share board games online
Grand Games
Chess, Draughts, Poddavki, Anti-chess, Checkers, Gomoku, connect6
Balloon Cup, Black Spy, Bridge, Carolus Magnus, Chess, Clans, Connect Four, Hyle, Mahjong, Malefiz, Mömmen, Mühle, Scarab, Stratego, Tichu, Tic-Tac-Toe, Twilight (19 Games Total)
Happy Meeple

Beginners friendly. The perfect place to play board games online and get into the hobby.

Learn new games and play them right away. Complete tutorials in 4 languages.

Current games list: Lost Cities, Hanamikoji, Circle The Wagons, Keltis card game, Siberia Card, Glastonbury, Finito!, Migrato, Level X, Keltis Ór, Raging Bulls.

No waiting time, real-time play, strong Artificial Intelligence, meta-game, chat.

Solo and 2-player games (play with human opponents or bots).

137 games, 2-4 player abstracts (latest additions: Cannon, ConHex, Fields of Action, Yodd, Vai lung thlan, Surakarta)
Innovation (base game, Echoes, Figures).
Settlers of Catan
KGS Go Server
Client software for Mac and Windows allowing online play of theoretically any CCG, because it supports creating your own CCG
Client software for Windows (.Net4) allowing online play of theoretically any CCG, because it supports creating your own CCG
28 Board Games and 17 Card Games
Multiplayer Free Games Portal: Cards games, Casino games, Boardsgames and Simple games.
Free Online Mind Sports Portal: Chess (and its variants: Blocking, Three Checks, Fisher Random Chess), Checkers (and its variants: Draughts, Giweaway Draughts, 10x10 Draughts, Russian Checkers), Entropy/Hyle-7, Go-Moku, Renju, Pente, Connect Four, Stack 4D, Othello, Sudoku, Podkidnoi/Durak, Lines of Action. Real-time play against other users. Includes ratings and daily tournaments.
Neuroshima Hex! Online
Neuroshima Hex! 3.0, Neuroshima Hex! Babel13
8 games (all Teuber, but not all Catan), several expansions, and myriad variants and scenarios
A 100% free swiss multiplayer server with amazing design in 3 languages (English, French, Spanish). 3 games are available : Tic-Tac-Toe, Connect 4 and Gomoku
Play Agricola (with expansions)
Agricola, Agricola CZ-Deck, Agricola: Ö-Deck, Agricola Z-Deck, Agricola: Gamers' Deck, Agricola: World Championship Deck – 2011, Agricola: NL-Deck, Agricola: Pi-Deck, Agricola: Belgium Deck, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – More Buildings Big and Small, Agricola: Farmers of the Moor
A Polish realtime server available in lots of languages including English. 38 games, about half are abstracts and half are card games. Formerly known as
Rail Game Fans
Australian Rails, British Rails, Empire Builder, Eurorails, India Rails, Lunar Rails, Nippon Rails, Rail Baron, Russian Rails
Free cross-platform portal for playing abstract board games online with friends. Games are web-based and available through most browsers both desktop and mobile (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android). Skillgamesboard is user-friendly for small-screen smartphones and tablets. Users are not required to have an account or download any software to play with each other.

NB: Turn-based mode is an option for registered users.

Games presented on the website have optional client software for Windows, Facebook, Google Chrome, and Google Play.

Increasing list of 17 abstract games available on the portal:
Chess, Checkers, Draughts, Renju, Reversi, Hexxagon, Go, Gomoku, Squares, Connect Four, Backgammon, Mahjong, Dice Poker, Solo Dice Poker, Color Squares, Mahjong Solitaire, Picture Puzzle

Translated into 5 languages and has an option to add users' native language.
Star Fleet Battles Online
Star Fleet Battles, Star Fleet Battles Captain's Edition, Federation Commander: Klingon Border, Federation Commander: Romulan Border
Tabletop Simulator
15 classics like Chess, Poker, Jigsaw Puzzles, Dominoes, and Mahjong. Additionally, there are thousands of community created content on the Workshop.
Tantrix (lots of players)
The Crucible
Unofficial implementation of KeyForge: Call of the Archons
Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Through The Desert, Shipyard, and other classic games. Casual, real time and turn-based multi-player and AI play for many games.
Tropic Euro
Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico: Expansion I – New Buildings
Sixteen GMT and Avalon Hill games including 1960: The Making of the President, Twilight Struggle, Command & Colors: Ancients, Paths of Glory, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Empire of the Sun, Europe Engulfed, For the People, Sword of Rome, Up Front, We the People, Wilderness War, and World War II: Barbarossa to Berlin, 1989: Dawn of Freedom. All games there enforce the rules.
Games you can play online via ZunTzu

3. Turn-Based

ACTS (Automated Card Tracking System)
Age of Renaissance,World War II: Barbarossa to Berlin,Blue vs. Gray,Empire of the Sun,Epic of the Peloponnesian War,Fistful of Planets,For the People,Generic PBEM Module,Hammer of the Scots,Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage,Here I Stand,Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation,March Madness,The Napoleonic Wars,Paths of Glory,Pursuit of Glory,Republic of Rome,Shifting Sands,Successors (second edition),Sword of Rome,Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648,Titan,Twilight Struggle,Washington's War,We the People,Wilderness War
Citadels (Ohne Furcht und Adel), Diplomacy, Source of the Nile, Blackbeard, Roads & Boats, Conquistador, The Republic of Rome, Wrasslin', Advance Wars, Fire Emblem (alpha)
Art of War
An online variant of Risk involving custom rules, new maps, and massive multiplayer.
Berserk Unverse
TCG based on famous russian TCG Berserk.
An online version of Antiquity, Food Chain Magnate, Wir sind das Volk ! and The Great Zimbabwe (FCM and WSDV being playable real-time as well)
Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire, Montana, Urbino, more games will be added in the future.
A selection of Michael Schacht titles.
Boardgaming Online
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Splut, Isolation, Connect Four, The Man in the Moon, Yoté, Zonesh, Gravity, Cats & Dogs/Snort, Breakthrough, Kassle, Bombardment, Atari Go, Hasami Shogi, Troll, Seega
Boîte à jeux
Agricola, Alhambra, Amazones, Cephalopod, Concordia,The Castles of Burgundy, (Die Burgen Von Burgund), Diaballik, Dixit, Deluxe Camping, Drôles de Zèbres, DVONN, Exxit, Fearsome Floors (Finstere Flure), GIPF , Myrmes, Ginkgopolis, Wooly Wars (La Guerre des Moutons), Shazamm!, Torres, Trajan, Tyrus, TZAAR, Tzolk'in Vanuatu...
Over 100 games and variants, predominantly abstract strategy
Brass Online
Increasing number of modern and classic games for play in speeds of PbEM up to "near real time".
Button Men Online
Button Men, FNAP/
Cartagena Online
Chess Variants
Many chess variants.
Ciudadelas de Achiles
Citadels (Spanish)
Conquer Club
Risk with player rankings, tournaments, team games, over 200 alternative maps and a vibrant community
Creekos: The Card Game
A trick tacking game with auctions, thunders, cards blocking
TransAmerica, TransEuropa, Clans, Potala
Dragon Go Server
Go. Choice of many user interface languages.
Diplomacy. Biggest Diplomacy site on the web.
Othello (also known as Reversi).
Backgammon (GTO Backgammon), Scrabble (scrabulous), Hex (hexgame), Reversi (turnplay), Checkers (turnplay), Chess (turnplay), Go (turnplay), Pente (turnplay)
Amazonas, Attila, Babel, Daxu, Exploring Metropoles, Jambo, Kahuna, Maharaja: Palace Building in India, San Juan, Stone Age, Puerto Rico, Rosenkonig
For Whom the Web Rocks
1800, 1825 Unit 1, 1825 Unit 2, 1825 Unit 3, 1830: Railways & Robber Barons, 1850, 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856, 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight, 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870, Acquire, Carcassonne, The Castles of Burgundy, Through the Desert, Tigris & Euphrates, Ingenious, The Princes of Florence, Puerto Rico, Ra, Railroad Dice, Saint Petersburg, Samurai, Sopwith, Torres
Over 170 PBEM games, more than 60 of which have a graphical web interface: Web-playable online games at Richard's PBEM Server (
Chess, Xiangqi, Omega Chess, McCooey Hex Chess, Reflektit, Backgammon, Deadgammon, Nackgammon, Hypergammon,Checkers, Chinese Checkers,Reversi, Triversi, Ataxx, Snag, Twixt, Link 4, Tic-Tac-Toe, Gomoku, ZERTZ, Risk, Axis and Allies, History of the World, Diplomacy, Acquire, Tanbo, Rush, Crossway, Oust, Palisade, Dipole, Byte, Impasse, Quadrature, Atoll, Copolymer, Begird, Scribe, Diffusion, Cephalopod, Set, Plateau
Classic and modern board games with variants. A vibrant community of gamers. The Official game site for a number of associations.
Gorrion is a turn-based game server for Go, Othello / Reversi, Pente, Onyx, Unlur.
Grand Strategy
Risk with player rankings, team games, alternative maps, and advanced Risk Rules
SPI/DG Wargames, Napoleon at Waterloo is free, other games require subscription.
Breakaway Rider, Stocks & Shares. Intelligent games for grown-ups, more games coming soon.
Invade Earth
Risk 2210 A.D., Risk: Godstorm, and other Risk variants. Free and open-source.
Huge site, lots of players. Classic abstract games.
Jij bent
48 classic and modern board games
Free online boardgame with cards (Trouble meets sorry)
Little Golem
Several dozen classic (Chess, Go, Shogi, etc) and modern (Hex, Twixt, DVONN, TZAAR, Catchup, Morelli, etc) abstract strategy games
Medina, Through the Desert, Vinci, Set, Crazy Circus, Capharnaüm, Hare and Tortoise, King of Siam
Defunct Capitol, Monkeys on the Moon, Titan: The Arena, Urland
Mykerinos, Richelieu, In the Shadow of the Emperor, Gods, Kreta, UR, In the Year of the Dragon
Corné van Moorsel games, some yet to be published:
Streetsoccer, 8 Cities, Land of Lakes, Territories, Floriado, Gipsy King, Powerboats, Comino (published as Mondriaan 2020)
Risk with diplomacy, multiple maps and rule variants. (beta) PlayByWeb
Patrician, Hansa, China, Web of Power
Various abstract games.
MrJack.hurricangames (not accepting new players 19 Jul 2016)
Mr. Jack
Not Chess
Chess variant "Not Chess"
a certain polyomino game
Ora et Labora
The Pixie Pit
Civilization the boardgame Fame and Fortune + Wisdom and Warfare expansion packs are supported
Play Online Risk
Reviews and ratings of the best places to play online Risk.
Play Risk Online
Reviews and ratings of the best places to play Risk online.
Play Risk Online Reviews
Reviews and ratings of the best places to play Risk online.
Innovation (base game, Echoes, Figures).
RavenBlack Games
Waving Hands (Warlocks)
(rol) Civ
Advanced Civilization, Civilization: The Expansion Project, Civilization Central America, Civilization: Asia
SlothNinja Games
After The Flood, Confucius, Guild of Thieves, Indonesia, Tammany Hall
Terra Mystica
Bus, Hacienda, Hoity Toity, Reef Encounter, Tikal, Wallenstein, Santiago
Strategy Game Network
Place to play Risk online
Super Duper Games
105 games, mostly abstracts, including Icehouse pyramid games (e.g. Homeworlds, Martian Chess, Pikemen, Volcano, Branches) as well as many other abstract games old and new.
the new amecy games
Chess, Connect6, Hex, Amazons, Phutball, Twixt, Toguz Kumalak
2 games
Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Through The Desert and other classic games. Casual, real time multi-player and AI play for many games.
Advanced Third Reich, Empire of the Rising Sun, A World at War
You Play It

Blue Max, Cartagena, King Me!, VampiRing, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Gonzaga.

All games can be played with different numbers of opponent, with different rule sets. Many scenarios are available for Blue Max and Wooden Ships & Iron Men.

All games can be played in 8 players leagues.

Play board games online at
25 games, e.g. Tally Ho!, Lost Cities, Kahuna, Hey! That's My Fish! (Penguin), Scrabble, Triple Yahzee, Backgammon, Chess
100 games, e.g. Attika, A Few Acres of Snow, Thunderstone, Luna, Two by Two, Egizia, El Grande, Yspahan, Carolus Magnus, Arkadia, Oregon, Vikings, Stone Age, Saint Petersburg, Hey, That's My Fish!, Carcassonne - Hunters and Gatherers, Atta Ants, Hacienda, Kahuna, Masons (Mauerbauer), Rosenkönig, Finca, Fearsome Floors, Pompeji, Just4Fun (Just 4 Fun), Yucatá
Puerto Rico, Goa, Ticket to Ride, Shangri-La, Cylus, Maestro Leonardo, Power Grid
The Richochet Robot Challenge <- this link currently dead, another RR website:
Ricochet Robots
Secret Hitler
Secret Hitler

4. Hybrid

Types of play
Eye Play Games
Turn-Based, but supportive of Real-Time play
Robo Runner
Hexcell Games
Turn-Based, but supportive of Real-Time play
Blue Max
Turn-Based, but supportive of Real-Time play
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game
Real-Time and PBEM
Advanced Squad Leader
Real-Time and PBEM
Many, over 1600 games
Real-Time and PBEM
Many, wargames/eurogamesGames you can play online via ZunTzu

5. Play by Email

Aide de Camp
Commercial tool supporting several wargames
Freeware tool supporting many, mostly wargames
A play-by-email Diplomacy community
Advanced Squad Leader
Many, mostly wargames
Itty Bitty Battles, Charge At the Alamo
A Game of Thrones, Advanced Civilization, Diplomacy, The Republic of Rome
For Whom the Web Rocks
1800, 1825 Unit 1, 1825 Unit 2, 1825 Unit 3, 1830: Railways & Robber Barons, 1850, 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856, 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight, 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870, Acquire, Carcassonne, The Castles of Burgundy, Through the Desert, Tigris & Euphrates, Ingenious, The Princes of Florence, Puerto Rico, Ra, Railroad Dice, Saint Petersburg, Samurai, Sopwith, Torres
Games By E-mail
Acquire, and others
Many 18xx games

6. Solitaire

Sites where you play alone, either against the gods or against a computer opponent, with no interaction with other human players.

Cities, Diaballik, Diaballik, Siam, Sarena
Edition Erlkönig
Heinrich Glumpler provides online version of his games for preview and testing - including Feurio!, Dicke Dämonen, Vulkan!, Techno Witches, Tschuk
Happy Meeple
Happy Meeple offers solo games (new!) as well as 2-player games against AIs or human opponents.
Solo games: Raging Bulls, more to come
Kaliko Online
Kaliko = Psyche-Paths
Coloretto, Lexio
Flaschenteufel, 6 nimmt!, Paris Paris, Floriado, Web of Power, Bonobo Beach / Cronberg.

7. Computer AI


Geeklist: Computer Version of Games with Computer AI.

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