When you're playing the game of Spoons, it's a really good thing to have all the spoons distributed in way where they're all equidistant from the players. This is easy to do at a round table. However, at a rectangular table, it seems like it's hard to keep it balanced. When I've played at a rectangular table, we usually have the spoons laid out like this:

Spoons table diagram

However, this gives players at/near the ends a disadvantage. When someone grabs a spoon and the free-for-all starts, players in the middle have a wide selection, even after several have been grabbed. But players at the end have farther and farther to reach as the spoons on the ends get taken. Often, the player without one is on an end. Is there an better way to keep things balanced at a rectangular table, without giving anyone an advantage/disadvantage?


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Simply place the spoons in an oval pattern; with each spoon handle pointing towards the players; all equidistant from the players.

  • Do you mean something like this?
    – Zac
    Aug 1, 2016 at 2:53
  • @Zac Exactly. It should be possible to distance them in such a way that it's very close to equal for all players.
    – GendoIkari
    Aug 1, 2016 at 13:03
  • My issue with that is in a scenario like this. Player A gets four of a kind and grabs Spoon 1. Player B sees him, and grabs Spoon 2, and C grabs Spoon 3. Now poor Player D has to lunge down the table to grab a spoon, because all of the spoons at his end are gone. If this hypothetical game were at a round table, it wouldn't matter how many spoons are gone; D could still grab one as long as there's one left. You see that the players along the side still have an advantage over those at the ends.
    – Zac
    Aug 1, 2016 at 15:30

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