I miss drinking games. People on lily were talking about the State of the Union drinking game, and it made me think of the last drinking game I remember playing, one at a party with some APO and GSS friends. It was called “Kings”, and I think it was the most interesting one I ever played. The problem with drinking games, at least ones that someone else teaches you, is that it’s hard to remember how to play them later since you were, well, drunk at the time. It’s also one instance where Google is not as much help. There are as many versions of drinking games as there are people to play them. I think I found a rendition that’s pretty close to what I played, though. I’m preserving the rules for posterity here, the web being the ephemeral entity that it is.


What You Need

  • A deck of cards

  • A playing surface

  • A drink of choice for each person

  • A glass

How to Play

Shuffle the cards and spread them around the table. Each person takes a turn grabbing a card from the pile.

Ace to Eight

You can assign that many drinks to anyone at the table. (Divide them up or all at once)


You can make up your own rule or you can disband an already made rule.


Social! Everyone Drinks


You must pick a topic. Everyone must say something about that topic. If someone can’t think of anything or repeats something already said, they must take a drink.


The Thumb Rule! Whoever receives this card can, at any time during game play, use their thumb in some manner (ie. Thumbs up, thumb on chin, etc.) Everyone must do this and the last person to do so, takes a drink.


When you get this card, you must pour some of your drink into the community glass. The person to receive the 4th king must drink the entire community glass.

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