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Can Someone Explain The Game 'Conkers' Answered

I've seen variants of the game on different UK shows, but never knew how to properly play it. Could someone explain to me how its played, rules and such? An instructable would be much admired. :D



10 years ago

From what I remember: You make a hole in a "conker" being the fruit of the Horse chestnut tree, and tie said conker to a string. You then challenge an opponent who dangles their conker from their string while you have a single swipe at it with yours. Then they have a single swipe at your conker with theirs, and so on. The loser is the player who has their conker knocked off the string. (I haven't looked this up on the internet 'cos it would be as easy for you to do so) L


10 years ago

Two players, each with a conker*, drilled and threaded on a string or shoe-lace.

Player 1 holds his conker up by the string, hanging still.

Player two swings his conker with a short, sharp over-hand swing to hit player 1's conker.

After that, rules vary from area to area, playground to playground.

Sometimes, players take strict turns.

Sometimes, player 2 keeps taking repeated swings until he misses.

Either way, play continues until one conker or the other is so broken that it falls off the string.

Extra optional rules:

"Tips" - if the swung conker seems to miss, but a noise is heard (a small click as if they just touched), then the swinging player must shout "tips" before the hanging player shouts "miss".

"Strings" - if the strings tangle on a swing, the first player to shout "strings" takes the next go.

  • A conker which has survived one match is called a oncer, two matches makes it a twicer etc. For some reason, conkers are not considered "good" until they become sixers. In some playgrounds, cumulative scores add up - so if a sixer beats a fiver, it becomes an elevener.

It is frowned upon to pickle, bake or otherwise artificially strengthen a conker, but a conker hardened with pure age is a thing of beauty. When I was young, boys would be lucky and admired if they could give their father's conker an airing.

*Fruit of the horse-chestnut tree.