The best games with variable starting conditions 2022

Looking for a really good game with variable start conditions? Then we have just the thing for you: the list with the best variable start conditions games 2022.

What are games with variable start conditions?

In these games, the status of the starting conditions varies from game to game. This can be implemented by changes to common game components such as the game board and/or by changes to starting player order, resources, objectives, etc.

"Variable starting conditions" is called "variable setup".

Examples of games with variable start conditions

A good example of a game with variable start conditions is Dominion. Here you can be very flexible in determining the 10 supply card types that are used for this game round. Dominion lives from varying the different card types again and again and from increasing the combination possibilities by new Dominion-expansions.

Another game with variable starting conditions is for example Catan - here for example the hexagonal landscape tiles are newly assembled for each game.

list of best variable start-conditions-games 2022

This list was last updated on January 12, 2022. We compared 294 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    All details for the board game The Quacks of Quedlinburg and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 9.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Cascadia

    All details for the board game Cascadia and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

    All details for the board game Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Horrified

    All details for the board game Horrified and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Horrified
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Horrified

    • YouTube Review for the game "Horrified" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Camel Up

    All details for the board game Camel Up and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Camel Up
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    More details for Everdell
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review for the game "Everdell" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Marvel Champions: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Marvel Champions: The Card Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  9. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Potion Explosion

    All details for the board game Potion Explosion and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

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

    Video reviews for Potion Explosion

    • YouTube Review for the game "Potion Explosion" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Under Falling Skies

    All details for the board game Under Falling Skies and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Under Falling Skies
    • 1 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Concordia

    All details for the board game Concordia and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Concordia
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 100 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Concordia

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Aeon's End

    All details for the board game Aeon's End and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 35% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Aeon's End
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!44€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Aeon's End

    • YouTube Review for the game "Aeon's End" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Valeria: Card Kingdoms

    All details for the board game Valeria: Card Kingdoms and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Tyrants of the Underdark

    All details for the board game Tyrants of the Underdark and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. 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!30€ atAmazon.de
  17. Cubitos

    All details for the board game Cubitos and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!37€ atAmazon.de
  18. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Istanbul: Big Box

    All details for the board game Istanbul: Big Box and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Istanbul: Big Box

    • YouTube Review for the game "Istanbul: Big Box" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Red7

    All details for the board game Red7 and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Red7
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 5 - 30 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

    All details for the board game Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  22. Istanbul

    All details for the board game Istanbul and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Istanbul
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Istanbul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Istanbul" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  23. Five Tribes

    All details for the board game Five Tribes and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 5.

    More details for Five Tribes
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Five Tribes

    • YouTube Review for the game "Five Tribes" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Five Tribes" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Five Tribes" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Brass: Birmingham

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

    Nominated for 12 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
  25. Paleo

    All details for the board game Paleo and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    🔥 Deal: 5% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Paleo
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!35€ atAmazon.de
  26. Furnace

    All details for the board game Furnace and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Furnace
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. Inis

    All details for the board game Inis and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Inis
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!130€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Inis

    • YouTube Review for the game "Inis" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Inis" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Coffee Roaster

    All details for the board game Coffee Roaster and similar games
    • 1 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  29. Small World

    All details for the board game Small World and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 4.

    More details for Small World
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Small World

    • YouTube Review for the game "Small World" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Blue Lagoon

    All details for the board game Blue Lagoon and similar games

    🔥 Deal: 9% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Blue Lagoon
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Blue Lagoon

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

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