The best games with statically determined starting player 2024

Looking for a really good game with a statistically determined starting player? Then we have just the thing for you: The list with the best "Starting Order: Statistics Based" games 2024.

What are "Starting Order: Statistics Based" games?

The turn order within each turn is determined by a statistic based on the players' resources or their position in the game. A typical case is when the move order is in the order of the current score (as a catch-up mechanism).

By the way, in English "turn order: stat-based" means "turn order: stat-based".

Examples of games with statically determined starting player:

A good example of a turn order: stat-based game is The Isle of Cats.

List of Games with different Turn Order Mechanisms

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

List of the best "starting order: statistics-based" games 2024

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 173 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Kingdomino

    All details for the board game Kingdomino and similar games

    Embark on a noble quest to expand your kingdom in Kingdomino. As a lord, your mission is to explore vast lands filled with wheat fields, serene lakes, and towering mountains. Competing with fellow lords, you must identify the choicest plots to claim as your own.

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Kingdomino
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Kingdomino

    • YouTube Review for the game "Kingdomino" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Patchwork

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    Patchwork is a two-player game where you compete to create the most beautiful and high-scoring patchwork quilt on your personal 9x9 game board.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Patchwork
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!16€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Patchwork

    • YouTube Review for the game "Patchwork" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Patchwork" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. The Castles of Burgundy

    All details for the board game The Castles of Burgundy and similar games

    The Castles of Burgundy is a strategy board game set in the Burgundy region of High Medieval France, where players assume the roles of aristocrats controlling small princedoms. The game combines tile placement and dice rolling mechanics to offer a rich and strategic experience.

    More details for The Castles of Burgundy
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 70 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Dragomino

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Dragomino
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de*
  5. The Castles of Burgundy

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    The Castles of Burgundy is set in the medieval Burgundy region of France, where players assume the roles of aristocrats seeking to expand their princedoms. The game revolves around building settlements, constructing castles, engaging in river trade, mining for silver, and utilizing travelers' knowledge.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for The Castles of Burgundy
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for The Castles of Burgundy

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Castles of Burgundy" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. The Isle of Cats

    All details for the board game The Isle of Cats and similar games

    Embark on a delightful rescue mission in The Isle of Cats, a captivating competitive board game designed for 1-4 players (expandable to 6 with expansions). This medium-weight game combines card-drafting, polyomino cat-placement, and resource management, offering an engaging and strategic gameplay experience.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for The Isle of Cats
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Isle of Cats

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Isle of Cats" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Brass: Birmingham

    All details for the board game Brass: Birmingham and similar games

    Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game and a sequel to the 2007 game Brass. It immerses players in the world of industrial revolution entrepreneurs in Birmingham between 1770-1870.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Birmingham" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Birmingham" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. Formula D

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    Formula D offers the thrill of high-stakes Formula One-style racing, immersing players in a world of simulated cars as they vie to cross the finish line first. A re-release of Formula Dé, this updated version introduces several changes while maintaining compatibility with old tracks. Notably, the game features boards showcasing both an F1 track and a Street Track on the reverse side, each with unique thematic elements.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Formula D
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de*
  9. El Grande

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    El Grande is a classic strategy board game set in medieval Spain, where players, as powerful lords or "Grandes," vie for control over various regions in a declining kingdom. The game is known for its blend of tactical depth and strategic planning.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1996

    More details for El Grande
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Power Grid

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    Power Grid is a strategic board game that combines elements of network building and commodity trading. Players aim to supply power to the most cities as their networks expand.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 4.

    More details for Power Grid
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Power Grid

    • YouTube Review for the game "Power Grid" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Power Grid" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Nations: The Dice Game

    All details for the board game Nations: The Dice Game and similar games

    Nations: The Dice Game is a fast-paced, dice-driven game that captures the essence of civilization-building. Designed for 1-4 players, it condenses the expansive experience of the original Nations board game into a more streamlined and quicker format, ideal for players looking for a shorter playtime without sacrificing strategic depth.

    More details for Nations: The Dice Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Nations: The Dice Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Nations: The Dice Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  12. Underwater Cities

    All details for the board game Underwater Cities and similar games

    Underwater Cities is a strategy board game where players become the world's brightest minds, tasked with creating the most livable underwater habitats. The game is notable for its card placement mechanism and offers a richly strategic experience that scales in duration with the number of players.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Underwater Cities
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 80 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Underwater Cities

    • YouTube Review for the game "Underwater Cities" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  13. Brass: Lancashire

    All details for the board game Brass: Lancashire and similar games

    Brass: Lancashire is a compelling economic strategy game set during the industrial revolution in Lancashire. The game chronicles the story of competing cotton entrepreneurs and requires players to develop, build, and expand their industries and networks to capitalize on the growing demand for iron, coal, and cotton.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Brass: Lancashire
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Brass: Lancashire

    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Lancashire" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Fresco

    All details for the board game Fresco and similar games

    Fresco is a thematic board game that immerses players in the world of Renaissance artistry, specifically in the restoration of a fresco in a church. This game combines resource management, strategy, and a unique wake-up mechanic to create an engaging experience.

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Fresco
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America

    All details for the board game Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America and similar games

    Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America is a standalone game in the Power Grid universe, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the original Power Grid game. This deluxe edition boasts a double-sided game board featuring maps of Europe and North America, newly designed wooden components, and a completely new deck of power plants, including some that use natural gas. The game also introduces an enhanced two-player experience called “Against the Trust” and new overview cards for resource refills.

    More details for Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Ricochet Robots

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    Ricochet Robots offers a unique blend of puzzle and game, challenging players to find efficient solutions in a dynamic board setup. The game features a modular board representing a room filled with walls and targets, where the main objective is to maneuver color-coded robots to their corresponding targets using the least number of moves possible.

    More details for Ricochet Robots
    • 1 - 99 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de*
  17. Ride the Rails

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Exceed Fighting System

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    • 2 Players
    • 5 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Exceed Fighting System

    • YouTube Review for the game "Exceed Fighting System" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. IKI

    All details for the board game IKI and similar games

    In IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans, players are transported to the bustling streets of historical Edo (now Tokyo), specifically the renowned Nihonbashi district. This game offers a vivid portrayal of life in Edo, where an estimated one million people, including townspeople and samurai, thrived. The vibrant shopping culture of Nihonbashi, with its array of shops selling kimonos, rice, and other goods, forms the backdrop for this immersive game.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for IKI
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. The Pursuit of Happiness

    All details for the board game The Pursuit of Happiness and similar games

    The Pursuit of Happiness is a thought-provoking board game that allows players to simulate a lifetime of choices and experiences, from birth to the twilight years. It creatively uses a worker-placement mechanism where time is the most valuable resource, offering players a chance to craft their unique life story.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for The Pursuit of Happiness
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for The Pursuit of Happiness

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Pursuit of Happiness" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. The Networks

    All details for the board game The Networks and similar games

    The Networks is a competitive board game where players take on the role of television network executives vying to create the most successful TV network. The game cleverly simulates the challenges of running a TV network, including managing shows, stars, and advertisements, all with the goal of attracting the most viewers and becoming the top network.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for The Networks
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for The Networks

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Networks" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. Coimbra

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    Coimbra is a historically themed board game set in the vibrant era of the 15th and 16th centuries in Portugal. It combines strategic planning, resource management, and an innovative dice mechanism, making it a compelling choice for gamers who enjoy a blend of history and strategy.

    Nominated for 9 awards.

    More details for Coimbra
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  23. The Hunger

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 30% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for The Hunger
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de*
  24. Mariposas

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    Mariposas is a charming board game that captures the incredible journey of the monarch butterflies from Mexico across North America. It is a game of movement and set collection, where players experience the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.

    More details for Mariposas
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Evo

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    In Evo, a board game set in prehistoric times, players guide a species of dinosaurs through survival and evolution challenges. As controllers of these dinosaurs, or Dinos, players navigate changing climates, acquire genes, mutate their species, and compete with other creatures to become the dominant species. The game requires strategic movement, fighting, reproduction, and evolution, with each turn comprising six phases. Players earn mutation points to adapt their Dinos for survival, but must balance spending these points as they also contribute to the final score. The game's endpoint is marked by a meteor strike, adding a sense of urgency and unpredictability to the gameplay.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Evo
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Barrage

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    Barrage is a strategic resource management board game set in the 1930s, during a time when the industrial revolution has pushed the use of fossil fuels to its limits. The game revolves around the theme of hydroelectric energy generation, where players compete to build and manage efficient hydroelectric dam systems.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Barrage
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!55€ atAmazon.de*
  27. Greed

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!5€ atAmazon.de*
  28. In the Year of the Dragon

    All details for the board game In the Year of the Dragon and similar games

    In the Year of the Dragon is a strategic board game designed by Stefan Feld, set in ancient China around the year 1000. The game is known for its challenging gameplay that combines resource management, strategic planning, and crisis management.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for In the Year of the Dragon
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 75 - 100 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de*
  29. In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 75 - 100 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. Amul

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Amul
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Amul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Amul" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English

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