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On-line Games

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

Site
URL
Games
Agricola plus expansions
http://Play-Agricola.com
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
Arimaa
http://arimaa.com
Arimaa. Play versus humans or a ladder of various AI players. Tutorials, problems, strategy info.
Aso Brain Games
http://games.asobrain.com/
Xplorers (similar to 'Settlers of Catan', and the 'Cities & Knights' expansion), Toulouse (similar to 'Carcasonne').
Battlegrounds Games
http://www.battlegroundsgames.com/
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, 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, Fantasy Quest, 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, Outrider, Outrider: Dealin' Damage, Outrider: Tuner Cards, Search for the Emperor's Treasure, Up Front, Valkenburg Castle, Zombie Plague, Zombie Plague: The Cellar, Zombie Plague: Crawlers, Zombie Plague: Twitchers
Possibly coming soon: Car Wars, Wiz-War, Wiz-War: Expansion Set, Wiz-War: Expansion Set #2
Board Game Arena
http://boardgamearena.com/

First community website for online boardgaming: 75 games, more than 200,000 players, 26 languages, 300k 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, Expedition: Northwest Passage, Gear & Piston, Gosu, In the Year of the Dragon, Libertalia, Polis: Fight for the Hegemony, Puerto Rico, Race for the Galaxy, Seasons, Spyrium, Tash-Kalar, Through the Ages, 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:
8 Masters' Revenge, Armadöra, Assyria, Battle Sheep, Can't Stop, Category 5 (6 nimmt!), Coloretto, Diam's, Dragonheart, Haggis, Hanabi, Injawara, Jaipur, Koryŏ, Liar's Dice (Perudo), Niagara, Takenoko, Saboteur, Sobek, The Boss, The Jelly Monster Lab.

Abstract games:
Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Chinagold, Cinco, Colorpop, Gomoku, Gygès, Hearts, Hex, Hive, Machiavelli, Mancala (Kalah), Neutreeko, Pylos, Quarto, Quoridor, Reversi, Senet, Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype, United Square, Yahtzee.

Boardspace.net
http://www.boardspace.net/
Boardspace.net hosts over 60 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 Majorities Tammany Hall and Ponte del Diavolo.
Bordspel.nl
http://www.bordspel.nl/?lang=en
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)
BrettspielWelt
http://www.brettspielwelt.de/
More than 60, with at least 9 expansions, and 15 solitaire
Days of Wonder
http://www.daysofwonder.com/
Ticket to Ride, Gang of Four, Queen's Necklace, Fist of Dragonstones, Memoir '44
eCribbage.com
http://ecribbage.com/
Traditional Cribbage and board game variations on Cribbage. Real-time, AIs, Tournaments etc.
GourmetGaming
http://www.gourmetgaming.com/
Lost Cities, Schotten Totten, Ra
Fettspielen.de
http://www.fettspielen.de/gesellschaftsspiele
A lot of free board games
GameGardens
http://www.gamegardens.com/
Wide variety of games and puzzles. User developed games/content hosted by Three Rings Design, Inc. Source code and libraries availible.
games.wtanaka.com
http://games.wtanaka.com/
Tri Peaks Solitaire, Hex, Set, 2-4-24, Volcano, Yavalath, Connect6, Othello, Diffusion, Exxtra, Go-Moku, Connect Four, Hexellation, Oust, Rush, Simultaneous Connect Four, Tanbo
GameTable Online
http://www.gametableonline.com/
More than 30 fully licensed games playable versus computer opponents or humans. Games include Axis & Allies (both Revised and 1942 versions Tigris and Euphrates, 10 Days in Africa, Cosmic Wimpout, Creepy Freaks, Battle Cry, Kill Dr. Lucky, New England, Nuclear War, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, RoboRally, Acquire, Vegas Showdown, and 1960: The Making of the President
Gravon
.http://www.gravon.de/
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
http://www.happymeeple.com/en/

Beginners friendly. The perfect place to get into the hobby.

Learn new games and play them right away. Complete tutorials in many languages. Current game list: Lost Cities, Finito!, Level X, Keltis card game, Siberia Card, Keltis Ór

No waiting time, real-time play, strong AIs, meta-game

igGameCenter
http://www.iggamecenter.com/
137 games, 2-4 player abstracts (latest additions: Cannon, ConHex, Fields of Action, Yodd, Vai lung thlan, Surakarta)
Isotropic
http://isotropic.org/
Innovation (base game, Echoes, Figures).
JKLM Online
http://www.jklminteractive.co.uk/jklm/
4 games. Also supports turn-based play.
JSettlers
http://nand.net/jsettlers/
Settlers of Catan
Jocly
http://www.jocly.com/
Old games: Chess, Checkers (9 variants), Oware, Ard Ri, Fitchneal, Chopsticks, Connect 4, Reversi and new games: Scrum, Yohoho!, Shibumi, Penguin Soccer available from the web and mobiles (Android, iPhone/iPad) with artifical intelligence and turn-based mode. Most games available with a 3D interface, all with graphic 2D UI.
KGS Go Server
http://www.gokgs.com/
Go
LackeyCCG
http://www.lackeyccg.com/
Client software for Mac and Windows allowing online play of theoretically any CCG, because it supports creating your own CCG
OCTGN
http://www.octgn.net/
Client software for Windows (.Net4) allowing online play of theoretically any CCG, because it supports creating your own CCG
Ludoteka
http://www.ludoteka.com/
28 Board Games and 17 Card Games
Metaforge
http://www.metaforge.net
Stratego
MeinGAMES
http://www.meingames.de
Multiplayer Free Games Portal: Cards games, Casino games, Boardsgames and Simple games.
Mindoku
http://www.mindoku.com
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
http://online.neuroshimahex.pl
Neuroshima Hex!, Neuroshima Hex! Babel13
PlayCatan
http://www.playcatan.com/
8 games (all Teuber, but not all Catan), several expansions, and myriad variants and scenarios
PlayOK
http://www.playok.com/
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 Kurnik.org
Playtou
http://playtou.com/
An international portal hosting free games and paid tournaments of chess, checkers, gomoku, othello (reversi) and roshambo. Currently supports Czech and English languages.
Procyon Games
http://playprocyon.com
Implementations of board games in the virtual world of Second Life. Danger Zone (Diamant), Can't Stop, En Garde, Frootcake (No Thanks!), Take it Easy
Rail Game Fans
http://www.railgamefans.com/
Australian Rails, British Rails, Empire Builder, Eurorails, India Rails, Lunar Rails, Nippon Rails, Rail Baron, Russian Rails
Rummikub.com
http://www.rummikub.com/
Rummikub
Shogi Club
http://www.shogidojo.com/eng/engindex.htm
Shogi
Spielen.de
http://spielen.de/
China
Star Fleet Battles Online
http://www.sfbonline.com/
Star Fleet Battles, Star Fleet Battles Captain's Edition, Federation Commander: Klingon Border, Federation Commander: Romulan Border
Stratego.com
http://www.stratego.com/
Stratego
Tantrix.com
http://www.tantrix.com/
Tantrix (lots of players)
Tropic Euro
http://www.tropiceuro.com/
Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico: Expansion I – New Buildings
Wargameroom
http://www.wargameroom.com/
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. All games there enforce the rules.
ZunTzu
http://www.zuntzu.com/
Games you can play online via ZunTzu

3. Turn-Based

Site
URL
Games
ACTS (Automated Card Tracking System)
http://acts.warhorsesim.com/
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
amarriner.com
http://www.amarriner.com/
Citadels (Ohne Furcht und Adel), Diplomacy, Source of the Nile, Blackbeard, Roads & Boats, Conquistador, The Republic of Rome, Wrasslin', Advance Wars, Fire Emblem (alpha)
Antiquity
http://antiquity.boardgamecore.net
An online version of Antiquity.
Art of War
http://www.artofwar.cc
An online variant of Risk involving custom rules, new maps, and massive multiplayer.
Berserk Unverse
https://berserktcg.com/
TCG based on famous russian TCG Berserk.
Boardgames-Online
http://boardgames-online.net
A selection of Michael Schacht titles.
Boardgaming Online
http://www.boardgaming-online.com/
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Boîte à jeux
http://www.boiteajeux.net/
Agricola, Alhambra, Amazones, Cephalopod, 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 Bully (La Guerre des Moutons), Shazamm!, Torres, Trajan, Tyrus, TZAAR, Tzolk'in Vanuatu...
Bounced
http://www.dipbounced.com/
Diplomacy
BrainKing
http://www.brainking.com/
Over 100 games and variants, predominantly abstract strategy
Brass Online
http://brass.orderofthehammer.com/
Brass
Brettspielnetz.de
http://www.brettspielnetz.de/
Increasing number of modern and classic games for play in speeds of PbEM up to "near real time".
Button Men Online
http://www.buttonmen.com/
Button Men, FNAP/
Cartagena Online
http://www.cartagena-online.net/
Cartagena
Chess Variants
http://play.chessvariants.org/
Many chess variants.
Ciudadelas de Achiles
http://ciudadelas.net
Citadels (Spanish)
Conquer Club
http://www.ConquerClub.com
Risk with player rankings, tournaments, team games, over 200 alternative maps and a vibrant community
Creekos: The Card Game
http://www.creekos.com/
A trick tacking game with auctions, thunders, cards blocking
Cycloopspellen
http://www.cycloopspellen.nl/
TransAmerica, TransEuropa, Clans, Potala
Dragon Go Server
http://dragongoserver.net/
Go. Choice of many user interface languages.
Diplomacy
http://www.playdiplomacy.com
Diplomacy. Biggest Diplomacy site on the web.
Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/
Backgammon (GTO Backgammon), Scrabble (scrabulous), Hex (hexgame), Reversi (turnplay), Checkers (turnplay), Chess (turnplay), Go (turnplay), Pente (turnplay)
Feuerteufel
http://www.feuerteufel.nl
Amazonas, Attila, Babel, Jambo, Kahuna, Maharaja: Palace Building in India, San Juan
Flight Square
http://flightsquare.net/
4 Player Chess
For Whom the Web Rocks
http://www.fwtwr.com/fwtwr/index.asp
14 PBEM games, all with a web view
Gamerz
http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/
Over 170 PBEM games, more than 60 of which have a graphical web interface
GamesByEmail.com
http://gamesbyemail.com
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
GoldToken.com
http://goldtoken.com
Classic and modern board games with variants. A vibrant community of gamers. The Official game site for a number of associations.
HexWar
http://www.hexwar.com/
SPI/DG Wargames, Napoleon at Waterloo is free, other games require subscription.
Invade Earth
http://www.smileygames.net/invade/
Risk 2210 A.D., Risk: Godstorm, and other Risk variants. Free and open-source.
ItsYourTurn.com
http://itsyourturn.com
Huge site, lots of players. Classic abstract games.
Jij bent
http://www.jijbent.nl/
48 classic and modern board games
Little Golem
http://www.littlegolem.net/
17 games
Ludagora
http://www.ludagora.net/
Medina, Through the Desert, Vinci, Set, Crazy Circus, Capharnaüm, Hare and Tortoise, King of Siam
Ludoholic
http://www.ludoholic.com/
Defunct Capitol, Monkeys on the Moon, Titan: The Arena, Urland
MaBiWeb
http://www.mabiweb.com/
Mykerinos, Richelieu, In the Shadow of the Emperor, Gods, Kreta, UR, In the Year of the Dragon
Mastermoves
http://www.mastermoves.eu/
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)
MajorCommand
http://www.MajorCommand.com
Risk with diplomacy, multiple maps and rule variants. (beta)
michaelschacht.net PlayByWeb
http://www.michaelschacht.net/pbm/
Patrician, Hansa, China, Web of Power
MindSports
http://mindsports.nl/
Various abstract games.
MrJack.hurricangames
http://mrjack.hurricangames.com/
Mr. Jack
Not Chess
http://www.notchess.com/
Chess variant "Not Chess"
Weblabora
http://philihp.com/weblabora/
Ora et Labora
The Pixie Pit
http://www.thepixiepit.co.uk/scrabble/
Scrabble
Play Online Risk
http://www.PlayOnlineRisk.com
Reviews and ratings of the best places to play online Risk.
Play Risk Online
http://www.LetsPlayRiskOnline.com
Reviews and ratings of the best places to play Risk online.
Play Risk Online Reviews
http://www.PlayRiskOnlineReviews.com
Reviews and ratings of the best places to play Risk online.
Polpul
http://www.polpoul.com/
Innovation (base game, Echoes, Figures).
PR Game
http://pr-game.com/
Puerto Rico
RavenBlack Games
http://games.ravenblack.net/
Waving Hands (Warlocks)
(rol) Civ
http://civ.rol-play.com/
Advanced Civilization, Civilization: The Expansion Project, Civilization Central America, Civilization: Asia
SlothNinja Games
http://www.slothninja.com/
After The Flood, Confucius, Guild of Thieves, Indonesia, Tammany Hall
SpielByWeb
http://www.spielbyweb.com/
Bus, Hacienda, Hoity Toity, Reef Encounter, Tikal, Wallenstein, Santiago
Strategy Game Network
http://www.strategygamenetwork.com
Place to play Risk online
Super Duper Games
http://superdupergames.org/
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.
takeAplay
http://www.takeaplay.net/
2 games
TnE
http://tne.meyerbros.org
Tigris & Euphrates
WarGear
http://www.wargear.net
Risk
Warplanner
http://www.warplanner.com
Advanced Third Reich, Empire of the Rising Sun, A World at War
You Play It
http://www.youplay.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.

YourturnMyturn
Play board games online at YourTurnMyturn.com
25 games, e.g. Tally Ho!, Lost Cities, Kahuna, Hey! That's My Fish! (Penguin), Scrabble, Triple Yahzee, Backgammon, Chess
Yucata
http://www.yucata.de/
100 games, e.g. 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
famdepaus.nl
http://www.boardgames.famdepaus.nl/index.html
Puerto Rico, Goa, Ticket to Ride, Shangri-La, Cylus, Maestro Leonardo, Power Grid
The Richochet Robot Challenge
http://www.braunston.com/kevin/rrobot/rrobot.html <- this link currently dead, another RR website: http://www.ricochetrobots.com/
Ricochet Robots

4. Hybrid

Site
Types of play
URL
Games
Eye Play Games
Turn-Based, but supportive of Real-Time play
http://www.eyeplaygames.com/
Robo Runner
Hexcell Games
Turn-Based, but supportive of Real-Time play
http://www.hexcellgames.com/
Blue Max
VASL
Real-Time and PBEM
http://www.vasl.org/
Advanced Squad Leader
VASSAL
Real-Time and PBEM
http://www.vassalengine.org/community/index.php
Many, over 800 games
ZunTzu
Real-Time and PBEM
http://www.zuntzu.com/
Many, wargames/eurogamesGames you can play online via ZunTzu

6. Solitaire

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

Site
URL
Games
boiteajeux.net
http://www.boiteajeux.net
Cities, Diaballik, Diaballik, Siam, Sarena
Edition Erlkönig
http://www.erlkoenig.ws/
Heinrich Glumpler provides online version of his games for preview and testing - including Feurio!, Dicke Dämonen, Vulkan!, Techno Witches, Tschuk
Sliding Block Puzzles
http://www.puzzleworld.org/SlidingBlockPuzzles/default.htm
a fantastic collection of playable sliding block puzzles
Hozo's Flash Page
http://hozo.hp.infoseek.co.jp/micropul/index.html
micropul
Babylone
http://lesplateaux.net/babylone/
Babylone
Kaliko Online
http://www.tablajatekos.hu/zz2007/kaliko/Kaliko.html
Kaliko = Psyche-Paths
Marquand.net
http://marquand.net/games/ingenious
Ingenious
Marquand.net
http://marquand.net/games/callisto
Callisto
Marquand.net
http://marquand.net/games/coloretto
Coloretto
Marquand.net
http://marquand.net/games/lexio
Lexio
Onlinebrettspiele.de
http://www.onlinebrettspiele.de/
Flaschenteufel, 6 nimmt!, Paris Paris, Floriado, Web of Power, Bonobo Beach / Cronberg.

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