Funny or interesting ways of choosing the first player in games
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Sometimes the designers are just lazy about that part.
The youngest starts, the oldest starts, select randomly, choose any way you like and so on.
Come on, I know that I can do that any way I like. But give me something unique, or at least connected with the game!

That is the part in the rules that I really like to look at and I almost always at least try to follow it, except maybe for a case when I teach a game and want to make the first move to show how it goes.

I will try to gather here interesting ways of choosing the first player, which I encountered.

Feel free to add the items yourself!
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1. Board Game: Among Nobles [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3385]
Board Game: Among Nobles
The rule:
All players present a closed fist. On the count of three all players show a number on fingers between zero and five. The first player is the player who presented the most fingers. If there is a tie, the first player is the player who presented the second most fingers. If no first player could be determined because no player showed a unique number of fingers, start over.

That's what I'm talking about! A game before the game! And it really matches the theme of Among Nobles where players plot on their courts and try to outsmart the opponents.
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2. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:43]
Board Game: Le Havre
The rule:
The player who lives the closest to the river/lake/sea starts the game.

Not too special, but it matches the theme and is better than nothing.
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3. Board Game: Medieval Academy [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:974]
Board Game: Medieval Academy
The rule:
The first player is the player who strikes the most chivalrous pose.

That's something to argue about, but comes along with the funny theme.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe
The rule:
The player who has visited the most European countries starts the game.

Again, something connected with the game itself. Although usually always the same player starts the game when playing with the same group.
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5. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1220]
Board Game: Pickomino
The rule (I don't see it in the English rules online, but it is in the Polish rulebook):
The game is started by the person who is the least afraid of worms (or is the youngest).

Admit it! Or be boring.
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6. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:240] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Board Game: Small World
The rule:
First player is the one whose ears are most pointed.

Come on, so the dwarves never can go first?
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7. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
The rule:
Give the Starting Player Marker to the player who most recently sacrificed something.

That's dark!
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8. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:239]
Board Game: Dungeon Lords
The rule:
The nicest player gets the Starting Player Token.
(Or you can choose the starting player randomly.)

Go with the funny way or boring way - it's up to you.
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9. Board Game: Thunderbirds [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:998]
Board Game: Thunderbirds
Not funny or particularly interesting, but is connected to the game;

Whoever watched the TV show most recently gets to be First Player.
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If you like collecting these you can find more here. There have been other examples as well over the years.
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11. Board Game: Start Player [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3401]
Board Game: Start Player
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There is a game dedicated to choosing a start player.
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12. Board Game: Fantastiqa: The Rucksack Edition [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1883]
Board Game: Fantastiqa: The Rucksack Edition
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"The player who most recently conducted a successful short symphony for the Mountain Moles of Mu will start the game."
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13. Board Game: Roll to the South Pole [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:10383]
Board Game: Roll to the South Pole
Jim Leitzel
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Whomever has the coldest nose goes first.

Yep.. you have other people fondling your snozz to see if it is chilly..

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14. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:996]
Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga
Ken Stuart
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"He of the hairiest head."
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15. Board Game: Nautilus [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2827]
Board Game: Nautilus
Ken Stuart
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"Whoever's been deeper in the sea."
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16. Board Game: New England [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2222]
Board Game: New England
Ken Stuart
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Player with the longest line of ancestors.
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17. Board Game: Sheepland [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3065]
Board Game: Sheepland
Ken Stuart
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"The most recent player to caress a sheep."
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18. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:811]
Board Game: Terror in Meeple City
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Whoever does the best monster impression goes first. This leads to much growling and gurning.
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19. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:698]
Board Game: Forbidden Island
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First player is the one most recently on an island.
 
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20. Board Game: Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:820]
Board Game: Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
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"The first player to say what time it is gets to go first."
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21. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:8412] [Average Rating:5.68 Unranked]
Board Game: Fluxx
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My copy says..

Whoever wants to go first, must claim it and say it alout. This leads to shouting matches when the game is proposed.

(at least in my house)

"Hey.. anyone want to play Fluxx?"
"me! ... Me but I go first... No I said I wanted to play first"

and eventually Dad saying .. Um. Mom goes first.
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22. Board Game: Iceberg [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Iceberg
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The player who most recently was at the South Pole is the start player.

If none was there, the player who got closest starts.
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23. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1282]
Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
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The rule:
"The player with either (A) the best mustache, or (B) the
longest hair goes first. If one player has a very nice
mustache and the other player has the longest hair, settle
the issue with an arm wrestling match."
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24. Board Game: Nanuk [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4325]
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Contrary to Iceberg above, the starting player in this game is whoever has been the furthest north!
 
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25. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:819] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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"Whoever got up the earliest this morning goes
first."
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