Countries of origin: Spain, France
What you'll need: A pair of dice, a glass
The best booze for the game: Beer, kalimotxo (wine + cola)
How to play: To go over every single rule in this game in a few sentences would be like trying to explain algebra to a gorilla. And not even one of those smart gorillas like Koko. Here's the short version of how to play this game: You throw a lot of dice (do it away from the group so no one can see you!) and lie about what you threw to everyone. If people catch you in a lie, you drink. If you're not bluffing, they drink. That's just the beginning. Basically, if you like throwing dice and lying, this is the game for you. Check out more detailed rules (and a very fancy chart) at Everything2.
Goon of Fortune
Country of origin: Australia
What you'll need: The bladder of a box of wine, a clothesline
The best booze for the game: Red wine
How to play: First things first: A "goon" is Australian slang for the bladder of a box of wine (or the lining of the inside of the box, if you will). And since the drinking game involves boxed wine, you know the game is going to be fun. Goon of Fortune is also not complicated, unlike all those other silly drinking games that require you to use your brain. Australians know that all a drinking game truly needs is booze and a backyard. When it's your turn, you spin the clothesline. If the hanging bladder of booze lands on you, you drink. This keeps going until the bladder is empty. Want to take the game to the next level? You can institute rules like forcing everyone to stand on one leg and drink.
Tiger Has Come
Country of origin: Russia
What you'll need: A table, a high tolerance
The best booze for the game: Vodka
How to play: This is a perfect minimalist game for the group of friends that only has a table, a bottle of vodka, and gambling addictions. Everyone at the table receives a shot of vodka and must put in an ante bet. When the leader of the game (it should be the lightweight of the group, because they only drink every other round) decides that the tiger has arrived, everyone has to drink the shot and scramble under the table. Once the leader says the tiger is gone, everyone must come back up without stumbling or falling. You can imagine how this might get more and more difficult as the night (and the drinking) progresses. The winner is the last person to come up for air without being a real klutz, and gets to keep everyone's money.
Country of origin: China
What you'll need: A pair of dice
The best booze for the game: Dealer's choice
How to play: It's funny to note that while beer pong was a game developed by college students in the '50s and '60s, Jiuling dates to the 11th century. That's a difference of… a lot of years. Look, we're good at drinking games, not math, OK? Like Kinito, Jiuling requires dice and the ability to lie with a straight face, but unlike Kinito, it is a guessing game. And the only thing you have to guess is the total amount on the pair of dice that someone rolls. If you get it right, you don't drink. If you get it wrong, you drink. It's like craps, except in this case, losing can be a very good thing.
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