May 28, 2008
Not as deadly as it look, beer die is actually a drinking game played with a die. The rules from Realbeer.com vary a little bit from the way my friends played on Sunday night (Monday was Memorial Day, after all), but the principle is the same. Warning: they say it’s a man’s game, and while that offends the sensibilities of my liberated soul, I do kind of agree. Mainly because it’s boring and you drink A LOT of beer during it.
Basically, two teams of two sit on opposite ends of a ping-pong table, throw a die underhand over the net and try to land it into one of the two cups on the other side, once in front of each opposing player. If the die hits the table, the opposing team must catch it or they must sip their beer. Except that: a team has five missed catches to finish a beer. So if they don’t want to sip after the miss, that’s fine, but by the fifth miss, they must finish it, even if it means they chug the entire beer. A die in the cup is an automatic finish of the beer. A team wins after five die in the cup? I don’t even know how a team wins. It has something to do with finishing five beers. Maybe that’s how a team loses.
Why am I even posting about this, if I don’t even know or can’t explain all the rules?! Maybe you’d like to make it up from here … I just thought I had seen most drinking games in college, but have been surprised to come across two (Polish Horseshoes) that I hadn’t experience before.
May 20, 2008
While camping this past weekend, a friend from Vermont introduced us to a game he calls Polish Horseshoes. A google search revealed that “polish horseshoes” apparently has something to do with washers … which are cool and all, but not an awesome new game I wanted to share with y’all.
For lack of a better name, we’ll keep calling it Polish Horseshoes, though it appears to bear no connection to Poland or horseshoes. You need two empty glass beer bottles, two ski poles, and a frisbee. Stick the ski poles in the dirt twenty to thirty feet apart and place the beer bottles on top (balancing them can be a challenge).
The object is to knock the beer bottle off of the top of the ski pole by hitting it with the frisbee. Three points are awarded for hitting the beer bottle, two for hitting the ski pole and causing the beer bottle to fall off.
Scoring: the receiving team can negate points by catching the frisbee or beer bottle. So if a frisbee hits a beer bottle (3 points) but the receiving team catches it, the throwing team only receives 2 points. If the receiving team catches the beer bottle and the frisbee, the throwing team only gets 1 point. Also, the receiving team MUST CATCH the frisbee, or the throwing team is awarded 1 point. Play to 11 points.
The catch: You must hold a beer/beverage in your hand at all times. Makes it much harder to catch that frisbee or beer bottle!
This is a GREAT camping game, but also good for backyards, barbecues, days in the park. The only trick is finding some ski poles … or a friend from Vermont.
UPDATE: Apparently, PVC pipes work just as well as ski poles! It seems like they’d make the bottle more stable, making it harder to knock off, but really, if you’re getting the frisbee anywhere close it’s probably not an issue anyway. Yay for a Texas-friendly solution!