The best games with Variable Phase Order 2021

Looking for a really good game with a changing turn schedule? Then we've got just the thing for you: the list of the best "changing turn order" games 2021.

What are variable turn games?

Variable round flow means that the phases of a round may not be played in the same way as before and/or after.

Using Puerto Rico as an example, each turn is different. Depending on who starts selecting the roles and what roles they take, you may have to play the "set up" action earlier than you would like. In other games, you may be denied certain actions.

Differentiation from other game mechanics

Most games with limited action and all games without static game order fall under this "mechanism". Variable-player-order games are not variable-round-sequence games.

"Variable Phase Order" is also called "turn order changes".

List of the best "turn order changes" games 2021

This list was last updated on August 1, 2021. We compared 271 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  2. Aeon's End: War Eternal

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: War Eternal and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de
  3. Tiny Epic Galaxies

    All details for the board game Tiny Epic Galaxies and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tiny Epic Galaxies
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Tiny Epic Galaxies

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  4. Aeon's End: The New Age

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: The New Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: The New Age

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  5. Queendomino

    All details for the board game Queendomino and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Queendomino
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  6. Aeon's End: Legacy

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: Legacy and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!78€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: Legacy

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  7. Roll for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Roll for the Galaxy and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Roll for the Galaxy
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!46€ atAmazon.de
  8. Inis

    All details for the board game Inis and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Inis
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!130€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Inis

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  9. San Juan

    All details for the board game San Juan and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    🔥 Deal: 24% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for San Juan
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for San Juan

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  10. Smash Up: It's Your Fault!

    All details for the board game Smash Up: It's Your Fault! and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de
  11. Race for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Race for the Galaxy and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    More details for Race for the Galaxy
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  12. 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
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  13. Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes

    All details for the board game Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. Cyclades

    All details for the board game Cyclades and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Cyclades
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Cyclades

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  15. Broom Service

    All details for the board game Broom Service and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Broom Service
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 75 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!10€ atAmazon.de
  16. Rising Sun

    All details for the board game Rising Sun and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for Rising Sun
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  17. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    All details for the board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime240 - 480 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  18. Conan

    All details for the board game Conan and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Conan
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Conan

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  19. 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War

    All details for the board game 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  20. Dice Hospital

    All details for the board game Dice Hospital and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dice Hospital
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Dice Hospital

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  21. Vindication

    All details for the board game Vindication and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Vindication
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 150 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  22. Song of Blades and Heroes: Revised Edition

    All details for the board game Song of Blades and Heroes: Revised Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Aeon's End: Outcasts

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: Outcasts and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!48€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: Outcasts

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  24. Innovation Deluxe

    All details for the board game Innovation Deluxe and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  25. Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies

    All details for the board game Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy

    All details for the board game Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Eminent Domain

    All details for the board game Eminent Domain and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Eminent Domain
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  28. New Frontiers

    All details for the board game New Frontiers and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for New Frontiers
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  29. Eclipse

    All details for the board game Eclipse and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    More details for Eclipse
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!149€ atAmazon.de
  30. Fields of Green

    All details for the board game Fields of Green and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Fields of Green

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