Idiotic starting-player rules
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A few of my games have some weird rules regarding the starting-player.

Is this something new? Creating a weird, themed starting player rule?

Please add ones you find weird, ridiculous, hilarious!
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26. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1276]
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Dancing Eggs: The player who can jump the highest goes first.

This is very popular with the downstairs neighbors. cool
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27. Board Game: Tàin [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:9805]
Krzysztof Zięba
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Kraków
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The player who has the most ginger hair starts. It's fine because of the theme, really.
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28. Board Game: Saigo no Kane [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:4325]
Krzysztof Zięba
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Kraków
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The last person who was to school starts. Keeps with the theme, but that usually meant my older friends never got to start
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29. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:63]
Bushchicken
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Tigard
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The player who has visited the most countries in Europe goes first.


As I nor my wife have ever been to Europe we can not (by the rules) play this game together. Shame.
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30. Board Game: Die Sieben Weisen [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4051]
Richard Lea
United Kingdom
Leeds
County: West Yorkshire
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The least wise player begins.
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31. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1795]
Jonathan Bruton
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Bordon
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The owner of the game goes first. Great for propoganda!
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32. Board Game: Ice Flow [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1447]
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"The player who makes the best polar bear impression goes first."
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RAAAAAAAWWWWRRRRRRR!

Can I go first?
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33. Board Game: Vampire [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:3885]
Ray Jankowski
United States
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Kansas
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Whoever has the longest eye-teeth begins!
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34. Board Game: Aquarius [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2886]
Paul
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Berkeley
California
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Longest hair... Damn Hippies.
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35. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1542] [Average Rating:6.24 Unranked]
Paul
United States
Berkeley
California
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Guesses closes to the actual time without looking at a time piece. It is about time travel.
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36. Board Game: Harry Potter Casting Stone Game [Average Rating:3.98 Overall Rank:10411]
Andrew Watson
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Bethesda
Maryland
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"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

That's what it should have been, anyway...
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37. Board Game: Mammoth Hunters [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2285]
Alain Baum
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The hairiest player starts.

Hmm, that would be the cats at our gaming place...
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38. Board Game: Kragmortha [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:3983]
James Webb
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Canterbury
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"The player who looks most like a Goblin starts."
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39. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:335]
Wouter Dhondt
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The player with the character who's birthday is closest to the current date starts.
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40. Board Game: Burgen Land [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3595]
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The start player is the one with the most archaic sounding name!
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41. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:535]
Paul Lister
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London
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"The person with the longest hair starts" - great - i have not had the longest hair in any group i play with since 1981.
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42. Board Game: Gangster [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:6174]
Ron R.
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Kentucky
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The person that last watched "The Godfather".

The "Godfather II" is the tie-breaker.

The instructions don't go further into it I would imagine that the next tie-breaker has something to do with packing a tommy-gun. I would imagine, though, under normal circumstances this player would either go first anyway . . . or enjoy a solo game. devil
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43. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Hot off the press

The player whose ears are the most pointed starts
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44. Board Game: Häuptling "Kleine Feder" [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
S. Deniz Bucak
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Havertown
Pennsylvania
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The player who can be the quietest goes first. This is a popular rule among us parents.
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45. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1024]
p55carroll
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Minnesota
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Person who last ate at a Greek restaurant starts.

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46. Board Game: Start Player [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1826]
Adam Alleman
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Denver
Colorado
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hmmmmmm I'm not really sure how to start this game.
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47. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:10391] [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
Anthony Mikulaschek
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From the serious rules section:

Rule #08
The Two Twelve Rule: The person who was born closest to February 12th goes first, and then play continues clockwise.......If two or more players were born equally close to February 12th, then whoever has the oldest living grandmother will go first.
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48. Board Game: Politics as Usual [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:9017]
Brian Alvarado
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Fontana
California
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Who Goes First

Shuffle the Campaign deck. Choose a player to go first by any means desired. Dueling pistols, rock-paper-scissors, die rolls, and arm wrestling are all good methods. Place the issue deck in front of that player.


Which might make you scratch your head, but people have to pick.

How they choose is up to them.
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49. Board Game: Badaboom [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:10517]
Stefan Tops
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Quote:
The most goblin-like player starts the game


(Un)fortunately that means that I always start the game....
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50. Board Game: Gheos [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1189]
Robert
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West Union
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Start player is "the player who can refrain from laughing the longest".

Extra annoying when people don't already know that's the rule, since they tend to laugh at it (and then feel like it was a trick), but I'd prefer to avoid the "make everyone laugh" pregame regardless.
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