When it comes to college drinking games, you’re bound to run into the usual suspects: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Kings, Thumper, and Drink the Beer (which is not much of a game since it’s played exactly how it sounds). Sometimes, the same old games can get tiring (especially in a games like Beer Pong, where only a few people can play at a time), so it’s great to change it up with some new classics.
You may have heard of some of these games and very likely call it by a different name, but nonetheless, it’s definitely worth giving these games a try when your Friday night pregame becomes routine.
- 1 cup (or 1 cup/person),
- 2 dice
How to Play: Start by filling the communal glass (or each person fills their cup) with a predetermined amount of beer. Each person then takes turns rolling the dice to add up to 7, 11, or a double roll. When this happens, the roller chooses someone to chug their beer. The roller then rapidly tries to roll a 7, 11, or double again while the person is drinking their beer.
If the drinker finishes chugging before the roller can roll a 7, 11, or double, then the dice passes on to the next person and the game starts again. If the roller beats the drinker, then the drinker must refill their cup and try to beat the roller again. Mercy sacrifices are allowed, bitching about how much beer you’re ingesting is not.
Additional Fun: Roll the dice off the table? Time to shotgun!
Recommended Alcohol: Beer
- A good memory
How to Play: Everyone participating sits in a circle. One person starts and, in either direction, each person counts by one until you get to 21. If one person says two numbers in a row (ex. 4,5), the number-calling changes directions. Whichever person gets to 21 has to take a drink and chooses one of the numbers between 1 and 21 to replace with something else for every round following that point.
The replacement word can be another word (i.e.: platypus), another number (i.e.: changing the number “3” “7” so that future counts become 1-2-7-4-5-6-7), or a phrase (i.e.: “This wedding is horseshit”). If you mess up or are the person to say “21,” either take a sip of your beer, or, if you really want to become obliterated, take a shot.
Additional Fun: It’s fun to play off your own (or other players’) choices to make a phrase out of consecutive numbers. For instance, if someone makes “4” “porn stash” and in the next round, another player changes “3” to “Mitt Romney’s,” the numbers 3 and 4 become the phrase “Mitt Romney’s porn stash.”
Recommended Alcohol: Anything
Drink or Text
- 1 cell phone per person playing
How to Play: Everyone arranges themselves into a circle and puts their cell phone into the middle. Once everyone’s cell phones have been placed in the center, each person grabs a cell phone that is not their own and crafts a text message to a random person in the phone’s address book. When everyone is done, each person goes around the circle reading the text as well as who they are sending it to. After each text is read, the person who owns that particular phone has to decide whether or not they want to send the text, or to drink instead.
Additional Fun: Simply typing “penis” in someone’s phone to potentially send to their mom can be funny at first, but it gets old after a while. It’s more interesting to think up texts that a person may actually not mind sending because it makes the game more entertaining in the long run. Also, you can take a drink for every time players receive a response to one of their own sent texts.
Recommended Alcohol: liquor or beer, depending on how intoxicated you plan to get.
Knock Out/Smack/Barto Ball
- Solo cups (approximately 20 cups per 6 people – it’s better to have more cups if you have more people)
- 2 ping-pong balls
How to Play: This game may seem complicated at first, but it’s well worth playing once you get the hang of it. Arrange all of the cups at the center of the table and fill each cup with some beer. Fill one of the cups in the very center of the group all the way to the top – this will be the “Death Cup” and the final cup to be drunk.
Everyone arranges themselves around the table in a circle and at the start of the game, two people at opposite ends will begin by each taking a cup, draining it’s contents, and then trying to bounce the ball off the table to get into the cup. When you eventually get the ball into the cup, pass the ball and empty cup immediately to your right.
However, if you bounce the ball into your cup on your first try, you can pass to anybody at the table (it’s more strategic to pass the ball and cup to someone immediately to the right or left of the other player who is trying to get their ball into the cup). When there are two players immediately next to each other trying to get the ball in and the person to the left gets their ball in before the person to the right, then, as they cannot pass right (since the person is still playing), they can smack the other player’s empty cup off the table and then pass their own ball and cup to the next player.
The person who has just gotten their cup smacked off then needs to take another cup from the center of the table, drink the beer, and try again before the ball comes back around. The game ends when all of the cups in the middle have been drunk and the last player to have their cup smacked is stuck drinking the overfilled “Death Cup.”
Additional Fun: The game can get really intense when everyone consistently gets their balls in their cups on the first try. Since it’s most strategic to pass to the left of the other player trying to get their ball in, a string of successful bounces by multiple players can lead to a “Backwards Barto” effect, where the game appears to be moving left instead of right.
Recommended Alcohol: Beer, although you can fill the Death Cup with anything
- 14 Solo cups
- at least 1 ping-pong ball
- long (Beer Pong-sized) table
How to Play: This game is a great because it combines America’s favorite sports: baseball, Beer Pong, and Flip Cup (I don’t know very much about sports). First, break up into two teams. Arrange four cups at each end of the table so that they are in a line moving towards the center of the table. The game’s rules are similar to baseball the sport, except instead of hitting a ball with a bat, you have to get the ball into the cup. When you are at bat, one player at a time tries to throw the ball into the cup. If they get the ball closest to the center, they have hit a single, the second, a double, and so on and so forth.
If the batter misses the cup, they either hit a foul (if it hits the cup but doesn’t go in), a strike (if it hits the table), or are automatically out (if they throw the ball and miss the table completely). The batter is also out if the ball bounces off the cups and a player from the outfield (the opposite team) catches the ball before it hits the floor.
When a batter hits a run, players from the opposite team must drink the cups hit. So, for instance, if the batter hits a single, one player from the other team only drinks the first cup; if the batter hits a triple, three members from the defending team drink the first three cups in the line, and so on. When a batter gets on base, they then can try to advance by stealing. On the length of the table, on each side, there should be three cups filled part of the way with beer.
If a player wishes to steal, they must drink the cup corresponding the base they are on and flip it before the other team can do the same. For this reason, it’s important for the defending team to have a player manning the flipping portion of the game; at the moment the stealer touches the cup, the defending player is allowed to touch theirs.
If the batter flips his or her cup before the outfielder does, then the batter is safe and has advanced to the next base; if the batter loses, then he or she is out. Scoring works like regular baseball: when a player makes it home, either from stealing to get home or from another player’s hit, the team gets a run. If a team gets three outs, either from striking out, overthrowing the ball during an at-bat, or getting thrown out on a steal, then the teams switch and the defending team is at bat. The game ends after nine innings.
Additional Fun: In regular baseball, the pitcher can throw out a runner taking a lead; in this game, to give the outfield an edge in the stealing portion of the game, the defending player can try to get a runner out on a steal before the runner even touches their cup.
Recommended Alcohol: Beer