Who Goes First?
Jim Pulles
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In most games the first player is 'chosen at random' or is 'selected by the players.' In many Euro-games either the YOUNGEST or OLDEST player gets to start.

I'm looking for games where the rules state something completely different (e.g.-the last person to brush their teeth goes first). Please add as many as you can think of:
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1. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1538]
Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Who goes first?

The thirstiest player.

 
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2. Board Game: Burp [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:8967]
Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Who goes first?

The player with the longest hair.
 
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3. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:981] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Who goes first?

The hungriest player.
 
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4. Board Game: Heave Ho! [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:2210]
Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Who goes first?

The quickest player to build their play deck.
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:84]
Who goes first?

The most experienced traveler.
 
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6. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:651]
Who goes first?

The player who looks most like a pirate. Arrrh! arrrh
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7. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:360]
 
Kyrill Melai
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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The player who has been in Tuscany most recently starts this game.
 
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8. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2024]
Jim Pulles
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Regina
Saskatchewan
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Who goes first?

The person who slept in the latest.
 
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9. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:316]
Jim Pulles
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Regina
Saskatchewan
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Who goes first?

The player who last went swimming.
 
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10. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1095] [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
Michael Foster
United States
Mount Laurel
New Jersey
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The player who's had the worst day
 
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11. Board Game: Stoner Fluxx [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:8009]
Michael Foster
United States
Mount Laurel
New Jersey
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Whoever grabs the "This player goes 1st" card
 
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12. Board Game: Q-Turn [Average Rating:5.05 Overall Rank:10702]
Michael Foster
United States
Mount Laurel
New Jersey
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Whoever is the baldest
 
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13. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:10388] [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
Michael Foster
United States
Mount Laurel
New Jersey
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Whoever was born closest to Feb. 12th (I won't even ask)
 
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14. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:699]
Fritz Schwartz
United States
Alameda
California
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I wasn't sure why they always wanted me to play first in "Finstere Flure" (aka "Fearsome Floors") until I read the rules which state:
"The player who look most like the monster starts the game."
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15. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:699]
Fritz Schwartz
United States
Alameda
California
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I wasn't sure why they always wanted me to play first in "Finstere Flure" (aka "Fearsome Floors") until I read the rules which state:
"The player who look most like the monster starts the game."
 
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:63]
Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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Player who has visited most European countries in their lifetime.
 
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17. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1400]
Erich Cranor
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Whoever has most recently eaten fresh fish. Great game too.
 
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18. Board Game: The Mad Magazine Game [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:11113]
Joe Childers
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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The owner of the game goes first every time. So, you whiny punk, if you want to go first, get your own copy! crycrycry
 
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19. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:294]
David J
United States
Waterville
Maine
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The youngest player goes first.
 
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20. Board Game: Ex & Hopp [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:8981]
D S
United States
Mundelein
Illinois
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I can't read German, but my copy of the English translation (by Denis Arnold) of the rules says:

"The player who can drink most milk in one go, starts!! (No, I don't believe it either! - DA)."
 
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21. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1315]
Justin
United States
Creve Coeur
MO
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the player with the prettiest jewelry
 
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22. Board Game: Doge [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1781]
Maxime Belanger
Canada
Laval
Quebec
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The one who lives closest to Venice
 
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23. Board Game: The Bridges of Shangri-La [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:837]
Maxime Belanger
Canada
Laval
Quebec
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Whoever has last reached the peak of Mount Everest using nothing but blue and white checkered stilts carved from the wood of a Mammoth tree is declared the Starting Player.
 
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24. Board Game: The Bridges of Shangri-La [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:837]
Michelle Zentis
United States
Prague
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"Whoever has last reached the peak of Mount Everest using nothing but blue and white checkered stilts carved from the wood of a Mammoth tree is declared the Starting Player. In case of a tie, the wisest player of the group begins the game."
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25. Board Game: Campanile [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3505]
Maxime Belanger
Canada
Laval
Quebec
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The tallest player begins.
 
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