Games with a start tile
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Some games start with a single tile. I like those games. There is something very exciting about a game that has an unknown direction. To begin with: there is always the question "Will the table be big enough"?

Please feel free to add games to this list. I would like to know more! Include a picture of the tile that starts it all.
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1. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2187]
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This is the game I bought last week that made me realise that I like games with a start tile. It is about exploring the Pacific Ocean. The tile you start with is the island Tonga. Ships sail out from this island to find other islands. Each time ships start to sail a new tile is drawn. This can be an ocean or an island.

The result looks like a map of the ocean with lots of islands.

The picture shows five tiles, the start tile is the bottom one: "Tonga".
 
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2. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1097]
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This is a small, quick and nice 2-player game of exploration. Each tile contains water, rock, grassland or a combination of these. Players take turns drawing a tile to expand the landscape.

The result is supposed to look like a fjord, but very often it looks like an island.

The picture shows the 3 start tiles.
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3. Board Game: Wooly Bully [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2587]
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Wooly Bully is about making the largest pasture of sheep and protecting it from the wolves. The artwork is beautifull and funny. Players take turns in adding a tile to the landscape. The colors of the sheep must match. (I am told this game is a lot like Carcassonne, but I have never played Carcassonne. I expect that it will be the next game that appears on this list.)

The result looks like a landscape with lots of sheep, little towns and tree patches.

The picture shows several tiles. The start tile is the one in the middle with only houses, the town square.
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Right there in the middle. No, not that one, left of there.


EDIT: Actually read the intro to this list. blush Here's a pic of the start tile:
 
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5. Board Game: Terrain Vague [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:7291]
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Players start to lay out the terrain with hexes around the central "toxic waste" - tile:

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6. Board Game: Sunda to Sahul [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5545]
 
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Puzzle-like creation of islands in the ocean, always starting with a "pure water" - tile, then each player adds two tiles.

 

gamephotos`shot shows the first tile plus the first two placed by the starting player.
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7. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2279]

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The starting tile is marked with the dolphin there.
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8. Board Game: Drakon (third edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1494]

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The red tile with the dragon on it is the starting tile of the dungeon.
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9. Board Game: Helden in der Unterwelt [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:6299] [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]

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The Styx tile in the upper left-hand corner of this shot is the starting tile for the heroes' trek into the underworld. (And, no, the table will not be big enough, especially if you combine this expansion with the base game.)
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10. Board Game: Kontor [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4335]

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This game builds outwards from the card with the anchor on it (some of the possible starting setups also include a number of other water cards, but the anchor is always present).
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11. Board Game: King's Gate [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3164]

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You can see the #1 starting district tile in this early-game shot.
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12. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1586]

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This exciting race game starts off with this tile.
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13. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Search [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:15217]
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The tile in between the hobbits, if I'm correct.
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14. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:392]
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In Alhambra, it's the fountain piece that you build your city (Alhambra) around. In the picture, it's the tile with the blue marker on top.
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15. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
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Every player starts with a "start island" tile so they can add the first tile they buy whether it's a start, middle, or end tile.
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16. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1392]
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Each player's starting shack is really a tile with various paths leading from it that you must connect your other tiles to.
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17. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3158]
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A convenient thing about the clever elegant pure strategy game Trax is that every tile is identical (2 straight lines on one side, 2 curves on the other side), so any tile can be the start tile...
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18. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1645]
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This is my favorite Carcassonne version.

The start tile is the 2nd on the bottom row in the picture (mountain from west to east side, field on the north, sea with city on the south).
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19. Board Game: Gheos [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1687]
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The start tile of Gheos is marked with the red star.
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20. Board Game: The Sorcerer's Cave [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4220]
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The Gateway, from where the cave will spread all over the table, off the table onto the floor and possibly throughout the house.
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21. Board Game: Seismic [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:7446]
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As I recall, the starting tile is the San Andreas Tile below

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22. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:854] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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The game has a starting tile, the one with the ladder.

Well, technically it is a card...
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23. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
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Magic Realm starts w/ the Borderlands tile, from which all other tiles must (at least when building the board) connect back to. I can't find a shot of "just" the Boderlands tile, but it's usually in the middle.

Thanks for the link, Matt! that's the BL in the top at the base of the 'cleft' to the lower right of the dice
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24. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2592]
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All heroes start on the Tomb Threshold card.

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25. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3904]
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Everyone starts in Tortuga, and then it's onto the open seas: avast!arrrh
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