When it comes to drinking games, there are countless options to choose from to add some fun and excitement to your gatherings. One popular category of drinking games involves using playing cards, which adds an element of randomness and strategy to the mix. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a way to liven up a casual get-together, card-based drinking games can be a great choice.
One of the most well-known card-based drinking games is “Kings.” This game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and usually involves a large group of people. To play, you’ll need a table and an empty cup placed in the center. The cards are spread out face-down around the cup in a circle formation.
In Kings, each card has a specific rule associated with it. Here is a breakdown of the commonly used rules:
|2||You choose someone to drink|
|4||Everyone drinks and touches the floor|
|7||Everyone drinks and raises their hands up|
|8||Choose a drinking mate|
|9||Bust a rhyme, the person who can’t rhyme drinks|
|Jack||You start a waterfall, where everyone drinks until the person to your right stops drinking|
|Queen||Question master, whoever answers their question drinks|
|King||Pour some of your drink into the center cup, the person who draws the fourth king drinks the entire cup|
The game continues clockwise around the table until all the cards have been drawn. This game is known for its unpredictability, as you never know what rule will be associated with each card. Be prepared to laugh, drink, and enjoy the company of your friends while playing Kings!
Screw Your Neighbor
Another card-based drinking game that is popular among smaller groups is “Screw Your Neighbor.” This game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and requires each player to have a small amount of alcohol in their own cup.
To start, each player is dealt one card face down. Players can either choose to look at their card or keep it secret. The goal of the game is to have the highest card at the end of each round. The player with the highest card is safe, while the player with the lowest card must take a drink.
The twist in Screw Your Neighbor comes from the ability to take action against other players. After assessing their own card, a player can either “pass” or “swap” their card with the player to their left. Players can only swap cards with their immediate neighbor, hence the name of the game.
Once all players have decided whether to pass or swap, everyone reveals their cards simultaneously. The player with the lowest card takes a drink, and a new round begins. The game continues until everyone has had their fair share of drinks or any other predetermined condition is met.
If you’re looking for a card-based drinking game that involves some skill and strategy, “Pyramid” is a fantastic choice. This game is commonly played with a deck of 52 cards and a pyramid-shaped arrangement of cards on the table.
To set up the pyramid, start by placing one card face up on the top row of the pyramid. On the row below, place two cards face up, and continue this pattern until you have a row of five cards at the bottom. The remaining cards are placed in a separate pile, face-down, next to the pyramid.
The objective of Pyramid is to eliminate cards from the pyramid by selecting pairs of cards that add up to 13. Face cards have a value of 11, and aces are worth 1. Here is a breakdown of the values associated with each card:
Players take turns selecting pairs of cards from the pyramid that add up to 13. Once a pair is chosen, the cards are removed, and the player who successfully removes the pair can assign drinks to other players. A single card from the draw pile can be “flipped up” onto the bottom row of the pyramid at any time during the game as a wildcard.
The game ends when no more pairs of cards can be chosen or when all the cards in the pyramid have been cleared. The player with the most remaining cards in their possession must drink a predetermined amount. Pyramid is a strategic and engaging card-based drinking game that is sure to provide hours of entertainment.
Card-based drinking games offer a fantastic way to incorporate strategy, chance, and a whole lot of fun into your gatherings. From the unpredictable nature of Kings to the strategic decisions in Pyramid, these games will keep you and your friends entertained for hours. So the next time you’re looking to spice up your party or just have a good time, grab a deck of cards and get ready to raise your glass!