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Games traditionally played on a board.

List of Board games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre board games:



Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Clippers Clippers.png March 4th, 2010 Board
Clippers
Clippers.png
GenreBoard
Latest release1.37
Release dateMarch 4th, 2010
DeveloperSteven De Toni
Code licensesGPL
P. languageJava
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Clippers is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Clippers is a board game written by Steven De Toni.[1] As of 2011-07-26, the latest version of this game is 1.37 released on March 4th, 2010.[2] It is written in the Java programming language.[3]

Pioneers Pioneers.png 2020-08-02 Board, Online
Pioneers
Pioneers.png
Screenshot of Pioneers
GenreBoard, Online
Latest release15.6  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 2nd, 2020
Code licenseGPL[4]
Media licenseGPL[4]
P. languageC
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Pioneers is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: pioneers 
Openlogo-debianV2.svg Debian: pioneers 
Fedora logo.svg Fedora: pioneers  
Gentoo Linux logo matte.svg Gentoo: games-board/pioneers 
UbuntuCoF.svg Ubuntu: pioneers 
OpenSUSE Logo.svg OpenSUSE: pioneers 
Mageia logo small.jpg Mageia: pioneers

Pioneers is a computer version of the popular board game The Settlers of Catan. The game features multi-player (both online over the internet and hot seat) and single player against AI opponents.

Comisat Games Collection Comisat-Games-Collection.png 2006-10-10 Snake, Hangman,, Tetris, Board game.
comisat Games Collection
Comisat-Games-Collection.png
GenresSnake, Hangman,, Tetris, Board game.
Latest release0.5.2  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 10, 2006
DeveloperCarlo aka comisat
Code licenseGPLv2
Media licenseGPLv2
P. languageGambas
LibrariesQt, SDL, and the Gambas Runtime Environment.
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comisat Games Collection is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

comisat Games Collection is a collection of free software games written in Gambas. It is one of the first notable Gambas games, with exceptions being code examples such as recreations of Snake, Robotfindskitten, and other small efforts. The game is available in English and Italian.

GNU Go Gnugo.png 2009-02-19 Board games, Online
GNU Go
Gnugo.png
GenreBoard games, Online
Latest release3.8  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 19th, 2009
Code licenseGNU General Public License
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GNU Go is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch: gnugo 
Slackware logo.svg Slackware: gnugo 
Openlogo-debianV2.svg Debian: gnugo 
Fedora logo.svg Fedora: gnugo  
Gentoo Linux logo matte.svg Gentoo: games-board/gnugo 
UbuntuCoF.svg Ubuntu: gnugo 
OpenSUSE Logo.svg OpenSUSE: gnugo 
Mageia logo small.jpg Mageia: gnugo 
24px FreeBSD: gnugo 
24px Haiku: games-board/gnugo

GNU Go is a Go‐playing program. It has a built‐in text based interface (shown in this article image), but it can also be used with graphical frontends like like GoGui, qGo and CGoban 1. As of May 2015 the latest stable version of GNU Go is 3.8 released on 19 February 2009. [5] It has been licensed under the GPLv3 since 24 October 2007 in CVS.[6]

GNU Go also provided support for online gaming with the GGZ Gaming Zone service.[7] Along with support for GGZ, it played on Go servers like NNGS Go, Legend of Go server hosted in Taiwan, and the WING server hosted in Japan.

Pasang Emas Pasang-emas-screen-75b.png 2020-08-15 Board game
Pasang Emas
Pasang-emas-screen-75b.png
Pasang Emas
GenreBoard game
Latest release6.3.0
Release dateAugust 15th, 2020
Code licenseGPLv3[8]
Media licenseGPLv3[8]
P. languagesC, Vala
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Pasang Emas is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Pasang is a traditional two-player board game. The players take turn capturing each others tokens. In the end, the player with the most tokens wins.

British Bingo British Bingo.jpg 2021-09-29 Board game
British Bingo
British Bingo.jpg
British Bingo
GenreBoard game
Latest release1.52  (Announcement)
Release dateSeptember 29th, 2021
PlatformsWindows, Linux, Mac, Web
DeveloperBert Beckwith
Code licenseGPL v3
Media licenseGPL v3
P. languageJavaScript
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British Bingo is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

British Bingo is a 90-ball bingo game with 3 by 9 boards. The computer simulates your opponents who act like elderly people, e. g. by making mistakes and chatting. The number of players and the speed of the game is configurable.[9]

British Bingo is written in JavaScript and runs in a web browser. It does not require a webserver but can be started from a downloaded .html file.

There is no source code repository, but the source code is available for download.

GlParchis Glparchis.png 2018-11-25 Board game
glParchis
Glparchis.png
glParchis
GenreBoard game
Latest releaseV. 20181125  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 25th, 2018
DeveloperMariano Muñoz
Code licenseGPL v2[4]
Media licenseGPL v2[4]
P. languagePython
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glParchis is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

glParchis is an implementation the popular Parchis game, which is played with a dice and 4 pawns per player. Players have to move their pawns out of their nest, around the whole board, into the destination of the player's color.


Scrabble3D Scrabble3D.jpg 2015-03-01 Board, Education
Scrabble3D
Scrabble3D.jpg
Scrabble3D
GenreBoard, Education
Latest release3.1.3  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 1st, 2015
DeveloperHeiko Tietze
Code licenseGPL [4]
Media licenseGPL [4]
P. languagePascal
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Scrabble3D is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Scrabble3D is computer version of the popular word puzzle board game. In addition to a 3D board, it supports the classic Scrabble and Superscrabble rules.

Scrabble games can be played online against other players or locally against the computer.

Crosswords Crosswords.png 2021-08-31 Board
Crosswords
Crosswords.png
Crosswords
GenreBoard
Latest release4.4.180  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 31st, 2021
DeveloperEric House
Code licenseGPL [4]
Media licenseGPL [4]
P. languageJava
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Crosswords is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Crosswords is an Android game that is based on the rules of Scrabble. Older versions are available for PalmOS and PocketPC. There is a single player mode where the player is against one or more computer opponents. Multiple player mode is available through Bluetooth or over the internet through a central server.

In addition to the default word list, additional word lists can be downloaded from online within the application. The default lists are BasEnglish2to8, CollegeEng_2to8 (the default for human players), and Top5000 (the default for computer players). A more comprehensive word list is OWL2_2to15.

Deer Portal DeerPortal00.png 2019-10-20 Board games, Card game
Deer Portal
DeerPortal00.png
A hybrid of board and card game
GenreBoard games, Card game
Latest release0.8.2  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 20th, 2019
DevelopersRafal Zawadzki, Katia Zawadzka
Code licenseZlib License[10]
Media licenseCC-BY 4.0[11]
P. languageC++
LibrarySFML
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Deer Portal is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Deer Portal is a hybrid board/card game for four players driven by the four classical elements. The game takes place in an ancient world where the Almighty Deer God is protecting all the compassionate creatures.

TripleA TripleA.png 2020-11-01 Board games
TripleA
TripleA.png
GenreBoard games
Latest release2.5.22285  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 1st, 2020
Code licenseGPL[8]
Media licenseGPL[8]
P. languageJava
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TripleA is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

TripleA is an online board game which is similar to Risk, as well as a game engine for turn based strategy games.

Quatter Quatter Screenshot1.png 2016-06-05 Board game
Quatter
Quatter Screenshot1.png
Genre Board game
Latest release20160605  (Announcement)
Release dateJune 5th, 2016
DeveloperLucKey Productions
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseCC-BY-SA
EngineDry
P. languageC++
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Quatter is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Quatter was created by LucKey Productions initially in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Blaise Müller's Quarto using the Dry game engine and other open source software.

There are sixteen unique pieces, each with four properties. Players take turns choosing a piece which the other player then places on the board. Line up four pieces or form a two by two block with at least one common property to win the game.

Tenes Empanadas Graciela TES.png 2020-11-22 Board games, Online
Tenes Empanadas Graciela
TES.png
GenreBoard games, Online
Latest release0.12.0
Release dateNovember 22nd, 2020
DeveloperRicardo Quesada
Code licenseGPLv2
P. languagesC, Python
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Tenes Empanadas Graciela is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Tenes Empanadas Graciela (TEG) is a turn-based strategy game similar to Risk written by Ricardo Quesada and licensed under the GPLv2. Teg supports the GGZ multiplayer server framework. The latest version of the game is 0.11.2 released on March 15th, 2007. It was written in the C and Python programming language.[12]

Although it was written first by Ricardo Quesada, now there are 14 members on the TEG project developing the game.[13]

See also: Risk

Couple-quest Couplequest.png 2017-09-06 Card game
3Dc 3dchess.png 1996-04-11 Chess, Board games
3D chess
3dchess.png
GenreChess, Board games
Latest release0.8.1
Release dateApril 11th, 1996
DevelopersPaul Hicks, Bernard Kennedy
Code licenseGPL 2+[14]
Media licenseGPL 2+
LibrariesXpm lib, libdx, Xaw3d
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3D chess is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

3D chess is kind of a chess game on 3 boards. The pieces are mostly from chess. There are 26 directions to move. 3D chess comes with a computer opponent.

Pentobi Pentobi.png 2021-12-05 Board game
Pentobi
Pentobi.png
GenreBoard game
Latest release19.1  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 5, 2021
Code licenseGNU General Public License
Media licenseGNU General Public License
P. languageC++
LibrariesQt
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Pentobi is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Pentobi is a Blokus‐playing program. Blokus is an abstract tile-placement board game with tiles shaped like polyominoes and simple rules. In addition to the classic version of Blokus, Pentobi also supports a number of game variants and similar games: Blokus Duo, Blokus Trigon, Blokus Junior, Nexos, GembloQ and Callisto.

Pentobi officially supports Linux and Android. The Android version does not support the highest playing levels. Older versions of Pentobi also supported Windows, but Windows support has been dropped after version 12.0.[15]

According to one of the top Blokus players, Pentobi is the strongest Blokus-playing program.[16]

Pachi Screenshot sabaki.jpg 2020-12-15 Board games
Pachi
Screenshot sabaki.jpg
GenreBoard games
Latest release12.60  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 15th, 2020
Code licenseGPL 2 only
P. languageC
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Pachi is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Pachi is a Go-playing program. It has no built‐in human interface, so a Go client like GoGui, qGo or CGoban 1 is required.

Domination Risk - game1.jpg 2021-10-25 Board games
Domination
Risk - game1.jpg
GenreBoard games
Latest release1.2.4  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 25th, 2021
DeveloperYura Mamyrin
Code licenseGPL
P. languageJava
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Domination is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Domination is a game based on the boardgame risk. It is written in the Java programming language by Yura Mamyrin and licensed under the GPL.[17]

Hnefatafl Hnefatafl.png 2014-08-16 Board
Hnefatafl
Hnefatafl.png
Hnefatafl
GenreBoard
Latest releaser140816  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 16th, 2014
DeveloperAlexander Söderlund
Code licenseGPL v3 [4]
Media licenseGPL v3 [4]
P. languageC
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Hnefatafl is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Hnefatafl is an implementation of a Norse board game. It supports Hnefatafl 11x11, 13x13, and Tablut completely. Other regional variants are partly supported by the provided using rulesets.

Holtz Holtz.jpg 2013-10-10 Board, Online
Holtz
Holtz.jpg
Holtz
GenreBoard, Online
Latest release1.4.0-1  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 10th, 2013
DeveloperFlorian Fischer, Martin Trautmann
Code licenseGPL [4]
Media licenseGPL [4]
P. languageC++
LibrarywxWidgets
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Holtz is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Holtz is a collection of board games that can be played against the computer or online against other players. Holtz supports the games Zèrtz, Dvonn, Relax and Bloks.

Zèrtz
In Zèrtz players alternatingly set pieces onto the board or knock pieces off the board in order to gain a certain amount of black, grey or white pieces.
Dvonn
In Dvonn players form stacks to capture the opponent's pieces without losing connection to the special DVONN pieces.
Relax
In Relax players draw color coded numbers at random and place them on the board
Bloks
In bloks players place one of twenty-one differently shaped stone onto the board alternatingly.


GNOME Games Please add the Gameinfo template to the article

This article needs update. This article should be split into one article per game


GNOME Games or GNOME Games Collection was a collection of sixteen small games in a variety of styles and genres for the GNOME desktop (similar to KDE Games and Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection). As of GNOME 3.8 the games were separated into individual packages and the collection doesn't exist anymore.[18]

KDE Games Please add the Gameinfo template to the article KDE Games is a division of the KDE project, creating a collection of quality games for KDE desktop.[19] It is similar to GNOME Games and Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection. Most games are distributed under GPLv2.[20]
Chess3D Chess3d.png Chess, Board games
Chess3D
Chess3d.png
GenreChess, Board games
DevelopersFrenchYann
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGPLv3[21][22]
LibraryWebGL
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Chess3D is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Chess3D is a HTML/WebGL 3D chess game with AI.

Foursies Foursies.png 2016-12-15 Board game
Foursies
Foursies.png
GenreBoard game
Latest releasev0.1.1  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 15th, 2016
DeveloperAndy Balaam
Code licenseGNU General Public License v3.0
Media licenseGNU General Public License v3.0
P. languageElm
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Foursies is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Foursies is a board game where each player, black and white by default, has four pieces on opposite ends of a chequered board. Pieces can move in any direction, including diagonally, by one square per turn. The objective is to either get a piece onto the opponent's end of the board, or capture all their pieces by hopping over them. If a piece is primed to capture an opponent's piece, it is compulsory.

GNU Shogi GNUShogi.png 2014-02-17 Chess
GNU Shogi
GNUShogi.png
GNU Shogi in the terminal
Genre Chess
Latest release1.4.2  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 17, 2014
Code licenseGPL
EngineGNU Shogi
P. languageC
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GNU Shogi is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: gnushogi

GNU Shogi is a chess engine for the traditional Japanese chess variant, called shōgi. The game can be played in the terminal, or it can be played with the graphical interface of XBoard.

GPSFish no image Chess
GPSFish
Genre Chess
Code licenseGPL
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GPSFish is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

GPSFish is a port of the powerful Stockfish chess engine to the Japanese chess variant, shōgi.


Stockfish no image 2021-07-02 Chess
Stockfish
Genre Chess
Latest release14  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 2nd, 2021
Code licenseGPL
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Stockfish is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Slackware logo.svg Slackware: stockfish 
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: stockfish 
Openlogo-debianV2.svg Debian: stockfish 
Fedora logo.svg Fedora: stockfish  
Gentoo Linux logo matte.svg Gentoo: games-board/stockfish 
UbuntuCoF.svg Ubuntu: stockfish 
OpenSUSE Logo.svg OpenSUSE: stockfish 
Mageia logo small.jpg Mageia: stockfish 
24px FreeBSD: stockfish 
24px Haiku: games-board/stockfish


Stockfish is a chess engine, that is to say a chess AI. It is at the time of this writing the strongest[23] or in general one of the strongest computer chess programs in existence.

A notable feature of Stockfish versus other computer chess engines, which has made it so exceedingly powerful, is the Fishtest worker program.[24]. Users run this program and donate their computer time to have development versions of Stockfish play very large numbers of test games against one another. This is used to measure the effectiveness of propsed changes, allowing the program to grow rapidly in playing strength and letting regressions be weeded out.



  1. membership list for the Clippers project
  2. Clipper download page
  3. Clippers project page
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  5. Download page for GNU Go
  6. Licensing info in COPYING file in GNU Go's CVS hosted by savannah
  7. Fact Sheet for GNU Go at ggzgamingzone.org
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  9. http://sourceforge.net/projects/britbingo/
  10. https://github.com/deerportal/deerportal/blob/master/LICENSE
  11. https://github.com/deerportal/deerportal/blob/master/CREDITS.md
  12. Teg sourceforge.net project page accessed on October 5th, 2008.
  13. Sourceforge.net membership list for the TEG project accessed on October 5th, 2008
  14. license
  15. https://sourceforge.net/p/pentobi/mailman/message/35516653/
  16. http://blokusstrategy.com/pentobi/
  17. Sourceforge.net page for the Domination project
  18. https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Collection:GNOME_Games
  19. The KDE Games Center (accessed on 2019-01-03)
  20. https://www.kde.org/applications/games/
  21. https://github.com/FrenchYann/Chess3D/blob/master/LICENSE.md
  22. Media license confirmed by email.
  23. CCRL ratings for computer blitz chess ranked it highest when retrieved on 2021/02/16.
  24. On the get involved page