The player with the earliest birthday selects a square in the center of the board (where the arrows are) by circling the letter and then fills the corresponding element in the first repository record.
In this example the first player (Red) selects one of the F’s in the start area and fills in the F in the first record of the repository..
Other players select squares that are adjacent to ones already selected (vertically or horizontally, i.e. not diagonal). The next player can select any of the unshaded squares (F, F, A, I) and fills in the appropriate square in the repository.