The best games with alternating starting player each round 2021

Looking for a really good game with a starting player that changes in turn every round? Then we have just the thing for you: The list with the best "starting order: progressive" games 2021.

What are games with alternating starting player?

One player has the token of the first player. At the end of the round, the token passes to the player to the left. This player becomes the new first player for the next round. During the round, players take turns in clockwise order.

Counterclockwise turn order is called "reverse turn order" and can also be included in this category.

In English, by the way, "starting order: progressive" is called "turn order: progressive."

Examples of games with the starting player changing in turn every round:

A good example of a "turn order: progressive" game is Isle of Skye.

List of Games with different Turn Order Mechanisms

There are many more, creative Turn Order Mechanisms than the "Alternating Start Player" based one. You can find a list at the bottom of this page.

List of best starting order: progressing games 2021

This list was last updated on December 6, 2021. We compared 59 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  2. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Targi

    All details for the board game Targi and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Targi
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Targi

    • YouTube Review for the game "Targi" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Colt Express

    All details for the board game Colt Express and similar games

    Nominated for 18 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Colt Express
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Tiny Towns

    All details for the board game Tiny Towns and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Tiny Towns
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  6. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

    All details for the board game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 50 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  7. Orléans

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    Nominated for 12 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Orléans
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de
  8. Stone Age

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    Nominated for 22 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

    More details for Stone Age
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Stone Age

    • YouTube Review for the game "Stone Age" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Zombicide: Black Plague

    All details for the board game Zombicide: Black Plague and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!78€ atAmazon.de
  10. Stone Age: Anniversary

    All details for the board game Stone Age: Anniversary and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. New York Slice

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for New York Slice

    • YouTube Review for the game "New York Slice" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  12. Here to Slay

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Castles of Mad King Ludwig

    All details for the board game Castles of Mad King Ludwig and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 4.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Walk the Plank!

    All details for the board game Walk the Plank! and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Planet

    All details for the board game Planet and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Planet
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Planet

    • YouTube Review for the game "Planet" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Planet" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  16. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2002

    More details for Puerto Rico
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Dungeon Fighter

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Dungeon Fighter
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Pan Am

    All details for the board game Pan Am and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. El Grande

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1996

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Photosynthesis

    All details for the board game Photosynthesis and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 4.

    More details for Photosynthesis
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Photosynthesis

    • YouTube Review for the game "Photosynthesis" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Photosynthesis" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Evolution: Climate

    All details for the board game Evolution: Climate and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Evolution: Climate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Evolution: Climate" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. Viticulture

    All details for the board game Viticulture and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Viticulture
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Remember Our Trip

    All details for the board game Remember Our Trip and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Troyes

    All details for the board game Troyes and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Troyes
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Troyes

    • YouTube Review for the game "Troyes" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  25. Ecos: First Continent

    All details for the board game Ecos: First Continent and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Ecos: First Continent

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ecos: First Continent" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  26. The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game

    All details for the board game The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  27. Amul

    All details for the board game Amul and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 6% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Amul
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!13€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Amul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Amul" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Fields of Arle

    All details for the board game Fields of Arle and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Fields of Arle
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Fields of Arle

    • YouTube Review for the game "Fields of Arle" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  29. Bus

    All details for the board game Bus and similar games
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!104€ atAmazon.de
  30. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 70 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de

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