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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51. Board Game: Legacy: Gears of Time [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2032]
Board Game: Legacy: Gears of Time
The rule:
Randomly select a player to have first choice for player order position. One suggestion is for all players to check their watches and whoever is currently the furthest back in time (earliest time) has first choice.

Unfortunately there is a lazy random selection, but the suggestion is highly thematic as the game is about time travels.
 
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52. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:352]
Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham
The rule:
The player with the highest value of actual cash on their person will be the first Sheriff.

Basically the game is about lying all the time - do we start now?
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53. Board Game: Archaeology: The New Expedition [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:942]
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The first player is the last person to have put their feet in the sand.
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54. Board Game: Kodama: The Tree Spirits [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1131] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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The player wearing the most green starts the game as the first player.
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55. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:689]
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Whoever last had mushrooms for dinner,
will be the start player.
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56. Board Game: The Conquest of Space [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
Board Game: The Conquest of Space
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In this small-press game of galactic conquest from 1977:

"The shortest player goes first."
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57. Board Game: Hot Tin Roof [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:7495]
Board Game: Hot Tin Roof
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From the rules:
The player with the longest whiskers goes first, or, in the case of a tie,
whoever’s breath smells most like fish.
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58. Board Game: Duck Dealer [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4538]
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From the rules (page 6):

"The player born closest to November 24st, 1967, may start, play proceeds clockwise from there."

Why? Have no idea.
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59. Board Game: Ego Trip [Average Rating:3.25 Unranked]
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Consistent with the name of the game:

"The player who grabs the die and says 'Me first!' goes first."
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60. Board Game: Zyklopen & Katakomben [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Zyklopen & Katakomben
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In Cyclopses and Catacombs:

The player who has only one eye goes first. goo

Unless every player has two eyes, in which case the player whose last name starts with "Z" goes first.

Otherwise, and seemingly the most common outcome, the players just decide who goes first...
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61. Board Game: Top Gun: Plot Twist Party Game [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:16014]
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Maverick goes first.

No such luck... it's actually:

"The youngest player takes the first turn."
 
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62. Board Game: Bombshells [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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The player "who most recently used a cheesy pickup line" goes first.
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