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Subject: Starting Player House Rule rss

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I like to play with a house rule where the starting player is chosen randomly instead of the youngest player. This is especially nice when playing multiple games with the same group.

Feel free to try out this variant but don't forget to credit me for thinking of it!
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blueraja1 wrote:
I like to play with a house rule where the starting player is chosen randomly instead of the youngest player. This is especially nice when playing multiple games with the same group.

Feel free to try out this variant but don't forget to credit me for thinking of it!


Many people come up with alternate means of choosing the starting player.

Our group makes the winner of the previous game go last.
 
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Randomly choosing the start player for a given game is a variant now?!

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MercifulBiscuit wrote:
Randomly choosing the start player for a given game is a variant now?!

No kidding. I'm surprised that anyone takes the "starting player rules" literally.
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tabicat wrote:
MercifulBiscuit wrote:
Randomly choosing the start player for a given game is a variant now?!

No kidding. I'm surprised that anyone takes the "starting player rules" literally.


When playing with kids and adults youngest is a perfectly reasonable start player rule. There is a small advantage to going first.
 
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Just make sure you give me credit when you use my rule!
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blueraja1 wrote:
Just make sure you give me credit when you use my rule!

Perhaps you should patent this breakthrough revolutionary concept of randomly choosing the start player, before other people use it without giving you credit and it falls into the public domain.
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Bankler wrote:
tabicat wrote:
MercifulBiscuit wrote:
Randomly choosing the start player for a given game is a variant now?!

No kidding. I'm surprised that anyone takes the "starting player rules" literally.


When playing with kids and adults youngest is a perfectly reasonable start player rule. There is a small advantage to going first.


Maybe for the first game or two, but I treat kids equally. They're in the game as much as I am.

I can't remember the last time I literally followed one of those.
 
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blueraja1 wrote:
I like to play with a house rule where the starting player is chosen randomly instead of the youngest player. This is especially nice when playing multiple games with the same group.

Feel free to try out this variant but don't forget to credit me for thinking of it!


And how are we supposed to choose the randomization method? Randomly?
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kjamma4 wrote:
And how are we supposed to choose the randomization method? Randomly?

There exist long threads on how to randomly pick a first player; I guess one could randomly pick a comment from such a thread to pick a random randomization method...
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We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.
 
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WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.


How did you determine which D20 you should use though?
 
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LunaWolvesMan wrote:
WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.
How did you determine which D20 you should use though?
For the first couple of games, the youngest player should choose. After that, though, you'll need some kind of randomized determination...
 
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ryudoowaru wrote:
LunaWolvesMan wrote:
WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.
How did you determine which D20 you should use though?
For the first couple of games, the youngest player should choose. After that, though, you'll need some kind of randomized determination...


I was just googling randomized determination apps on the google play store and I came across this app, I think this might be the best thing to randomly choose the person who chooses the D20 that will determine who can go first.

Unless, multiple people have the app? Not sure how to select which phone to use.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tendadigit...
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LunaWolvesMan wrote:
ryudoowaru wrote:
LunaWolvesMan wrote:
WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.
How did you determine which D20 you should use though?
For the first couple of games, the youngest player should choose. After that, though, you'll need some kind of randomized determination...


I was just googling randomized determination apps on the google play store and I came across this app, I think this might be the best thing to randomly choose the person who chooses the D20 that will determine who can go first.

Unless, multiple people have the app? Not sure how to select which phone to use.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tendadigit...


The person with the youngest phone goes first. Unless it's an iPhone, and then the app is useless. In that case, the yougest person with the youngest iPhone can tell everybody else why android sucks, and they can then choose and roll a d20 of their choice while everybody else is squabbling about their mobile OS of choice.
 
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When you say youngest iPhone do you mean from a manufacturing date perspective or from a version number perspective? Would my older (date wise) iPhone v2 be younger than an iPhone v6?
 
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Younger = newest. iPhone 6s is "younger" than an iPhone 4. meeple
 
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WooHoo1 wrote:
Younger = newest. iPhone 6s is "younger" than an iPhone 4. meeple


damn those kids and their newer phones
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WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.

But there might be a tie for the highest number. And again and again, never terminating. This algorithm is broken!
 
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WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.


Who chose that the highest number goes first?
 
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blueraja1 wrote:
Just make sure you give me credit when you use my rule!


Also don't forget to give everyone else credit who came up with this rule!
 
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russ wrote:
WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.

But there might be a tie for the highest number. And again and again, never terminating. This algorithm is broken!


Almost surely you must be joking
 
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contiguity wrote:
russ wrote:
WooHoo1 wrote:
We just roll a d20. Highest # goes first. Simple, and effective.

But there might be a tie for the highest number. And again and again, never terminating. This algorithm is broken!


Almost surely you must be joking


He was joking. But don't call him Shirley!
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contiguity wrote:
Almost surely you must be joking

I feel certain that every comment in this thread is Serious Business.
 
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russ wrote:
contiguity wrote:
Almost surely you must be joking
I feel certain that every comment in this thread is Serious Business.
When the OP tries to demand that the board game community gives him credit for "thinking of" the idea of determining the start player of a game randomly, you can pretty much tell what you're in for.
 
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