Thou shalt know the rules to any and all drinking games.
In order to be a seasoned pregamer, one must know all the rules to every version of every popular drinking game. When everyone demands a game of Beirut, you know to set the cups up pyramid style, because “Beirut” is just fancy talk for Beer Pong. When no one can recall the rules of Kings, you’re ready to recite them from memory—and you even have a few variations if your friends want options. You are the foremost expert in Flip Cup, the decider of Dice, the queen of Quarters. And you’re always down for a game.
Thou shalt drink out of plastic cups (to make the hungover morning cleanup easier).
Pregame venues get messy. Everyone is drinking, beer pong balls are flying, cups are flipping, and then all of that is immediately dropped and everyone leaves the moment the Uber arrives. Drink out of plastic cups and make the morning cleanup as easy as possible. It prevents the possibility of broken glass and saves the host a lot of dishwashing trouble.
Thou shalt not be a downer.
The pregame is an escape from real world work and stress, so leave all your worries and gripes and Monday morning deadlines behind. Don’t talk politics. Don’t talk breakups. Don’t tell that story about your dead dog. Take a shot, a slug of beer or a slurp from a spritzy cocktail and enjoy yourself.
Thou must attend “the game” with everyone else.
There’s nothing worse than people who hang out and pregame, only to Irish exit before “the game” because something “better” came up or they’re “feeling tired.” A pregame is a commitment. A pregame is a family. It doesn’t matter if Leonardo DiCaprio just showed up at the bar your friends are at and is buying shots for everyone. You do not abandon your family.