The 50 Most Anticipated Board Games of 2022

2021 was a surprising good year in board games. Lots of delays, yes, and a dearth of heavy generational hitters, but all around very solid with many games hitting my lists at the end of the year and several jumping into our top 100s. 

With that said, I’m absolutely over the moon excited about the games on the horizon for 2022. We have new War of the Ring content, a new Splotter game, sequels to some of the biggest games of all time, and half a dozen new games and releases from Stefan Feld among others. So this was a fun list to put together.

Without further ado, here’s a rundown of our top 50 (actually 58) most anticipated board games of 2022:

1. Horseless Carriage


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2. Gutenberg


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3. Ark Nova


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4. Boonlake


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5. Frosthaven


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6. Bitoku


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7. Rolling Heights


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8. The Spill


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9. Familiar Tales


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10. Founders of Teotihuacan


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11. Settlement


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12. Eternal Palace


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13. Zapotec


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14. Weather Machine


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15. Messina 1347


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16. Mobile Markets


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17. Azul Queen’s Garden


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18. Blood on the Clocktower


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19. Darwin’s Journey


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20. Frostpunk


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21. Perseverance


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22. Verdant


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23. Return to Dark Tower


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24. Vagrantsong


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25. Hegemony


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26. The 7th Citdadel


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27. Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar


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28. Madeira Collector’s Edition


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29. Streets


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30. Paperback Adventures


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31. Nano9Games


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32. American Bookshop


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33. Dice Realms


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34. Now or Never


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35. Eleven: Football Manager Board Game


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36. ISS Vanguard


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37. Marvel Dice Throne


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38. Hamburg/Amsterdam


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39. La Granja: Deluxe Master Set


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40. The Great Wall


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41. Shikoku 1889

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42. The Palaces of Carrera Second Edition


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43. Tiletum

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44. Unconscious Mind


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45. Anunnaki: Dawn of the Gods


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46. War of the Ring: The Card Game


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Anticipated Board Game Expansions

47. On Mars: Alien Invasion


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48. Root Marauders


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49. Tapestry: Arts and Architecture


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50. Everdell: Complete Collection

51. Clinic Deluxe Extensions


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52. The Isle of Cats: Don’t forget the kittens!


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53. Journeys in Middle-Earth: Spreading War


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54. Marvel Champions: Sinister Motives


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55. Maracaibo Uprising


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56. War of the Ring: Kings of Middle Earth


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57. Caverna: Frantic Friends


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58. Bonfire: Trees and Creatures


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  • Anthony lives and plays games in Philadelphia, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two-player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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