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Choosing a first player is typically a minor thing. Sometimes there's a gameplay advantage. Other times, it's a great learning tool to see someone else go first and see the game in live action. Most of the time, it's a neutral issue. Sometimes the rules will have something written for this, but other times, the group is left to their devices.

For those games that have something outlined for determing a first player, there are some interesting, unique, and simply downright odd methods out there.
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1. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Hmmm, it actually says on the included player aids "the player with the pointiest ears goes first". Unless there's someone who really stands out here, this'll difficult to gauge.

From a thematic standpoint, are elves quicker to move? Are they implying us humans should be more like elves? What if everyone in the group doesn't have ears!? What if in our not so distant future, we actually do make contact with Vulcans? Do we want to add to our 'specist' nature by further increasing our fascination with their ears?
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Whoever lives in the largest house here.... or was it whomever owns the largest house? Now you gotta spill the beans on the square footage of your domicile.
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Whoever's been sick the most recent. Jog your memory if you everyone scarcely gets sick.
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The method for determing a start player is also a necessary gameplay step. Seeding the pool gives players more options, much in the way where players start off with a start world in Race For The Galaxy, everyone starts off with an Indigo Plant in San Juan, or where everyone starts off with a different color chameleon card in Coloretto. Now, it's just that whoever's building is first in alphabetical goes first.
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Can't recall if there's anything on who goes first in the first game, but for subsequent games, the person to the left of the player who won goes first for the next game.
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The player who has last visited a church is start player.

What if no one in your gaming groups go to church, or like my boyfriend and I, we both last visited my sister's wedding, which was in a church.
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"He of the Hairiest Head" goes first. It's never me.
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Who was the last one to visit a museum?
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Who has the least money in his pocket?
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The player who proves best able to do a polar bear impression.
 
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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.


Not just silly, but two-stages of silly, given the "in case of a tie".
 
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The player that lives closest to water.
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The person that looks most like an ancient egyptian (or mummy if I recall correctly) goes first
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