Warning: It is unlawful to consume alcohol in the United States if you are under 21 years of age. Likewise, it is unlawful to provide alcohol to anyone less than 21 years of age. As stated by the Surgeon General, women who are pregnant should not consume alcohol due to risk of birth defects. Alcoholic beverages will impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. It is never okay to drink and drive. Lastly, it is important to drink responsibly. Kings is a game that encourages actions similar to binge drinking. One must know their limits and be careful when participating in this game to avoid alcohol poisoning and/or death. Know the people that you play with, watch your own drinks, and remember to enjoy the game responsibly.
Note: This Instructable was made for an educational project; therefore, an appropriate substitute for alcohol is present in the visuals.
Step 1: Materials
1. One standard deck of 52 playing cards (Jokers excluded)
2. Two or more players, preferably 4 to 6
3. Drinks for all of the players (anything is fair game)
4. An unopened can of beer (this must be a can)
5. A place to play such as a table to accommodate all players
Step 2: Setting Up the Game
Step 3: Playing the Game
Step 4: Playing the Game
If the players were lucky enough to make it through a game and wish to begin another all that is needed is a fresh can of beer. Then the dealer needs to gather and reshuffle all of the cards, distribute them around the can, and let the madness ensue!
Step 5: Card Rules
1. Aces – “Waterfall” - Player chooses a direction to start the waterfall. All players begin to drink and cannot stop until the player prior to them stops drinking.
2. Twos – “You” - Player chooses someone to take a drink.
3. Threes – “Me” - Player has to take a drink.
4. Fours – “Hit the Floor” – All players place a hand on the floor. The last player to do so must take a drink.
5. Fives – “Guys” – All gentlemen playing must take a drink.
6. Sixes - “Chicks” – All ladies playing must take a drink.
7. Sevens – “Heaven” – All players point to Heaven. The last player to do so must take a drink.
8. Eights – “Pick a Mate” – Player must pick a partner. For the rest of the game, whenever the player has to take a drink, so does their partner.
9. Nines – “Bust a Rhyme” – Player says a word. The next player in the direction of play must say a different word that rhymes. The first player who can’t rhyme a unique word must take a drink.
10. Tens – “Never Have I Ever” – Player says a statement along the lines of “Never have I ever, ___”. Whoever has not done "___" must put up a finger. This continues around the circle until a player has three fingers up. This player must take a drink.
11. Jacks – “Thumb Master” – The player to draw a Jack becomes the "Thumb Master". When the Thumb Master places their thumb on the table, all players must follow. The last to do so must take a drink. When the next Jack is drawn, a new Thumb Master is assigned.
12. Queens – “Question Master” - The player to draw a Queen becomes the "Question Master". If the Question Master asks anyone a question and they answer, the player that answers the Question Master must take a drink. When the next Queen is drawn, a new Question Master is assigned.
13. Kings – “Create a Rule” – The first player to draw a King gets to create a rule for the remaining three Kings. Any rule is fair as long as all players agree to the proposed rule. When the remaining Kings are drawn, players must abide by the created rule and its consequences.
Step 6: Alternative Options for Playing the Game
Players are also more than welcome to change the rules for each card in the game. More conservative or explicit rules can be defined before the game begins as long as all players agree to the proposed changes. The versatility of Kings helps to keep it popular by adapting to a wide range of audiences. There is no one correct or incorrect way to play and enjoy this game.
Hopefully this Instructable will help you to learn and enjoy the game Kings.