The best games with variable starting conditions 2021

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 2021.

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 2021

This list was last updated on June 15, 2021. We compared 200 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  3. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. Horrified

    All details for the board game Horrified and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Horrified
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Horrified

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Horrified" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  5. 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
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  6. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Everdell
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Everdell" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  7. 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
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  8. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  9. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Potion Explosion

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Potion Explosion" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  10. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime100 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!36€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Concordia

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Concordia" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Concordia" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  11. Valeria: Card Kingdoms

    All details for the board game Valeria: Card Kingdoms and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. 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!29€ atAmazon.de
  13. Under Falling Skies

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

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Under Falling Skies
    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Red7

    All details for the board game Red7 and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Red7
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 - 30 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Istanbul

    All details for the board game Istanbul and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    🔥 Deal: 25% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Istanbul
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!21€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Istanbul

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Istanbul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  17. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  18. Istanbul: Big Box

    All details for the board game Istanbul: Big Box and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Istanbul: Big Box

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Istanbul: Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  19. Cubitos

    All details for the board game Cubitos and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 7% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Cubitos
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!42€ atAmazon.de
  20. 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
    👍 Good price!135€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Inis

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Inis" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Inis" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  21. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Small World

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Small World" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  22. Blue Lagoon

    All details for the board game Blue Lagoon and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Blue Lagoon

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Blue Lagoon" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Blue Lagoon" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  23. Medieval Academy

    All details for the board game Medieval Academy and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Medieval Academy
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  24. Great Western Trail

    All details for the board game Great Western Trail and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    More details for Great Western Trail
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime75 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Great Western Trail

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  25. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry Starter Set

    All details for the board game Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry Starter Set and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Dungeon Fighter

    All details for the board game Dungeon Fighter and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Dungeon Fighter
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Kingdom Builder

    All details for the board game Kingdom Builder and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Kingdom Builder
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. The Voyages of Marco Polo

    All details for the board game The Voyages of Marco Polo and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 7.

    More details for The Voyages of Marco Polo
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 100 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for The Voyages of Marco Polo

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Voyages of Marco Polo" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Voyages of Marco Polo" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  29. Catan

    All details for the board game Catan and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 7.

    Spiel des Jahres 1995

    More details for Catan
    • Players3 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de
  30. Paleo

    All details for the board game Paleo and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Paleo
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!41€ atAmazon.de

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