Through The Drinking Glass

Andrew Bolster

Researcher at the University of Liverpool, Founder/Director at Farset Labs

Inspired by the drinking game ‘Kings’

Co-Authors:W.P.L. Cully, and L. Martin

Requirements: 1 standard deck of cards 1 jug/tankard/chalice/large vessel 1 top hat (or suitably ‘posh’ headgear) at least 4 people

Card Assignments: A: Drink Me (Drink your own drink) 2: Tweedledee Tweedledum (Two person waterfall, card drawers choice of partner, second person can only stop drinking after the card drawer) 3: Time for Tea (Group Waterfall, to stop drinking, person to your right must stop first) 4: Door Mouse (Last person to put their forehead on the table takes a drink) 5: Skive (Get out of jail free card to be used at any time until the next 5 is pulled from the deck) 6: Mad March Hare (card drawer can make up an arbitrary rule that lasts until another 6 is drawn) 7: Caterpillar (aka Questionmaster, if anyone answers a question posed by the cardholder, that person has to drink, this continues until another 7 is drawn) 8: Cheshire Cat (the drawer must grin until another 8 is drawn) 9: Rhymes (card drawer picks a word, and each subsequent person around the table must say a non-repeated word that rhymes with the previous word. When someone fails, they drink) 10: Do it again (if the previous card was NOT a face card, repeat the action) J: All Change (this drawer receives the hat, granting the power to randomly shout [loudly] ‘ALL CHANGE’, at which point everyone passes their drink (and the hat, passing on the power) to the person on their left. There is no limit to how long this goes on for, but when another J is drawn, the hat is given to that person) Q*: Queen’s Cup (Pour your entire drink into the central cup/jug/whatever. If Q♥ appeared before the last Q, down the remains of the cup. See also K) Q♥: Off with his head! (Down the cup, if this card appears before any other Q’s, down your own drink) K: Kings and Queens (Each respective suit-couples (K♥/Q♥) are paired such that for the rest of the game, when the Queen drinks, the relevant King must also drink. In the case of the cup being drank, it can be shared, but this involves two people drinking out of the same vessel so can get messy, otherwise take turns and the Q goes first. If the K is pulled with no corresponding Q, there is no initial penalty)

If anyone is caught breaking/forgetting any of these rules and penalties, they must drink.

That’s it, if anyone wants any clarification, comment!

Published: September 29 2011

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