Start Player, by Ted Alspach.
I just got some of these cards in. This is a way to quickly and easily determine who goes first in practically any game.
From the website (www.startplayer.com) description:
Start Player: a Kinda Collectible Card Game
How much valuable gaming time is lost by figuring out the start player to your next game? By our calculations, more than 3,000 games of Caylus, 23,500 games of Geschenkt and up to 1,800 games of Twilight Imperium, 3rd Edition could be played each year if gamers took less time choosing a start player.
Start Player solves this problem: Just turn over the first card and youíll KNOW who the start player is. Maybe itís as simple as the tallest player, or the player with the most buttons. It might be a little more challenging, like the player who owns the most games, or even the player who claims to have the lowest IQ. Regardless, youíll know within seconds who will start your next game. Thereís even a built-in tiebreaker system in the unlikely event of a tie. Itís the most comprehensive, foolproof system ever devised for determining who starts a game.
Each Start Player card is uniquely illustrated with characters from Board 2 Pieces, the boardgame comic strip from Start Player designer Ted Alspach.
Number of players: 2-infinity
Game length: less than 10 seconds
Difficulty: Ridiculously easy
Itís kinda collectible because thereís a very low competitive element to the game: yes, technically you can build a deck thatís in your favor, and collecting all the cards gives you more options to do so, but the true spirit of the game is much closer to a party game: itís a great (though super-quick) way to start playing any game, thatís full of interaction and fun. While it might take less than 10 seconds to determine who starts, my experience so far is that players grab the deck and start going through it reading the comics and the categories to other people. And of course, at its heart, itís mocking the whole CCG/TCG phenomena.
Itís really a gaming accessory, a dice tower/plastic sleeve/baggies/rubber-bands-on-the-box kind of thing.
I bought a starter deck and two boosters. It isn't on the best cardstock, but I plan to put them into plastic sleeves. Also, I got the same rare card in both the starter and a booster (anyone out there have this and want to trade card(s)? )
Some of the cards are:
The player who has the most pierced body parts is the Start Player.
The player whose home street address is the largest number is the Start Player.
The player who has most recently purchased games online is the Start Player.
And so on. I think it is a neat little deck of cards to have for the next Game Night.
Don't think of it as being outnumbered. Think of it as having a wide shot selection!
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