Have you ever had game night ruined due to two players getting into fisticuffs over player order? Ever had a table flipped over due to people wanting to be the first player?
Well, have I got the solution for you. It’s small, it’s quick, it probably can even cure rabies*.
The solution I have is Start Player: A Kinda Collectible Card Game. It’s a game, it’s a helper, it’s the greatest thing since bread cutting knives!
What is Start Player you ask? It’s a game that helps you out when the game rules aren’t willing to settle disputes before the game starts. You just randomly draw a card, and read the rule, and somebody is declared the winner!
The concept is so simple a baby who can read would be able to do it. Why? See above. I can’t count how many times we’ve had a scuffle break out over who wants to be the start player. So many additional games I could have played!
Here, let’s play a sample game. I’ll shuffle the cards. Then I’ll draw one. I drew the Cold Milk card:
Hey! I ate ice cream just 2 nights ago. I think I win this one!
See how easy that was. Let’s try another. I’ll shuffle and I draw Dexterity Jones:
Let’s see, this one is a little trickier, but I appear to have the smallest hands out of everyone present.
Admittedly, this works better with more than one player, but I just picked up 2 wins!
The whole game is like this. Quick, simple, and fun. Even if you have a tie, do you see that arrow on there? Closest person to where that points wins!
And the art. Don’t get me started on the art. It’s from game designer Ted Alspach’s now defunct cartoon series Board2Pieces. I always loved that strip.
So, I have a little bad news. This game is out of print. While I’m giving you a sales pitch, I don’t have any available to sell.
I know I know, you’ll pay me handsomely for my copy, but it’s not for sale!
Ummm. Hmmm. Ok. You seem like you’re getting a little upset. I wasn’t trying to…
Hey! No need to throw your shoe. I’m leaving. Now.
* All medical claims unproven as of this writing.
Ok, in all seriousness, I’ve always loved this idea. So simple, so silly, and I love the art. It was one of those “Why didn’t I think of this” type games. It was re-released as a non kinda collectible card game under the name of just plain Start Player. I never had a copy of that, although I’d like one.
Any thoughts on this game? What solutions do you use to determine the start player in your games? Would you even consider this to be a game?