22 Jun

Drinking games are quite possibly the silliest thing ever. No one can remember the rules of new ones, so you always end up playing the same ones and getting slightly tiddly.
Ring of fire is the worst. Everyone knows different rules and there are different characters that people assume when playing the game.

Rule Hitler. The rule hitler knows the rules of the game and generally tries to ruin the fun for everyone else. For example, if a seven is a ‘pose master’ in their world, but someone else suggests that it might be ‘rhyme’ then the Rule Hitler gets upset. The Rule Hitler may also whip out a pen and paper that they have had concealed about their person and write down what they feel the rules are, so everyone is clear (and rolling their eyes with fun ruining desperation).

The Beer Bullies The Beer Bullies, normally boys, are the ones that psychically pick someone that they feel isn’t as drunk as everyone else of isn’t getting into the spirit of the game as much as they would like, and therefore choose that person to drink at every opportunity. Its normall y a team effort, and often ends in the victim having to go and have a lie down as they have peaked too soon.

The Stickler. The stickler is the one that imposes the rules through the game when people have become too drunk to stick to them.

The sound effects team. Often supporting the Beer Bullies, the sound effects team make oohing and aahing noises when people are drinking, “oh you must” when rules are being enforced, and shout “down it!!” when people are having to drink. Generally make the whole game more fun.

So, in case you are not familiar with the much loved Ring of Fire, there are some rules. I only have a faint grip on these as I normally rely on the fact that one of my friends falls into the Rule Hitler category (not a bad thing) and therefore I don’t have to know. Basically, its a pack of cards that are laid out in a ring. Under no circumstances are you allowed to break the ring (not sure why). You pick a card, turn it over and assume the rule assigned to the card. Five might be rhyme, so the person that turned the card starts with a word and it goes round the circle until you cant think of anymore rhyming words. The person that gets stuck has to drink. Seven might be pose master (hiliarious photo of us at the festival all saluting, with me commenting “why were we doing this?!!” and my friend wisely responding… posemaster.) the person who turns the posemaster card has free reign to strike a pose at any time, and if you arent paying attention and are the last to do it, you drink. So pretty much all rules make you drink. You never get to the end of the game; people get bored and as you get more drunk your own conversations spring up through the circle until it is abandoned.

Another boy rule that seemed to be adapted at the festival was not saying mine. Apparently the word mine is completely forbidden, and if you innocently said it (“whose cider is that?” “oh, its mine!”) you were screamed at to drop and give them twenty. Push ups. Im not sure why, and I cant do one press up without eating the grass so they soon got bored of trying to make me do it due to my pathetically weak upper body strength, but their attempts to con people were quite ingenious. Emma fell prey to it after she was asked “what was that thing called that those miners got stuck in? You know Em, under the ground??” Emma, pleased to know the answer said “it was a mine” and was attacked with shouts of “AHAHAHAHA!!! Drop and give me TWENTY!!!!”


14 Responses to “Ring of FIIIIIIIRE!!!”

  1. twindaddy June 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Yes, there are undoubtedly rule nazis at every drinking game I’ve ever participated in. That’s why we don’t normally play them anymore. What we do when me and my family get together and drink, however, is play Trivial Pursuit. It may not sound found, but when someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to you will be surprised by the hilarious drunken answers that get blurted out.

    • tinkerbelle86 June 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

      im pretty rubbish at trivial pursuit but articulate is a good one when drinking. you often end up more articulate!

  2. prenin June 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Ever played cards and, on losing a hand, have to drink deep of the bottle?

    Or wait for a thunderstorm, then gather under a large bush to shelter from the rain and every time there was a flash of lightning you pass round a bottle of Southern Comfort?


    Pity – it’s scary fun!!! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • tinkerbelle86 June 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      um, no?! neither. im much more likely to be found inside when its raining!

  3. windwein June 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Funny I should read this today. My friend and I were just trying to iron out the rules of a game we used to play called “Fuzzy Duck.” It involved I think saying “Fuzzy Duck” and “Duckie Fuzz” until someone inevitably dropped the f-bomb. Can’t remember much more about it, though. Other than we would play it with a friend’s name. “Doug Funk” and “Fuggie Dunk.”

  4. Kim June 23, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    That sounds like our “King’s Cup” game…. only cooler. I like the POSE rule!!!

  5. Rach @ This Italian Family June 23, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Hahaha! Oh poor Emma. That’s hilarious, though! 🙂

  6. edwincov June 23, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    Hahahaha! So true . . . drinking games are hilarious to watch, but I’ve never realized that you almost ALWAYS find those characters you listed. I know about the bullies . . women bullies too!


  7. mila June 23, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    LOL.. very funny.
    too bad I don’t drink 😦

  8. Sandra Bell Kirchman June 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    I have always found drinking games a lot of fun. Like Belle I rely on the people who do know the rules to clue me in. It’s especially helpful in games where every area has a different interpretation of the rules 😛

  9. egills June 24, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Ah – brings back blurry ( very messy ) memories of rugby tours.

  10. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings June 24, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    HAHAHAHAH! I ‘ve never played that one! You just made me the Rockstar of the party tonight!!!! Woo Hooo! I laughed when I read this because I realized that I am the sound effects team!! LOL! “Go!Go!Go!” “WooooHoooo!” I am so obnoxious!

  11. more May 12, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my
    comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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