Death Ring

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To play Death Ring, you’ll need 2 decks of cards, masses of beer and a horde of risk-loving friends.

How to Play

Everyone sits in a circle, and the first person draws a card from the 2 decks, which are shuffled together and placed face down on the table. The next player also draws a card, and if it is related (i.e. it is the same suit or the same value), then both players must drink the number of sips as on their card. (J=11, Q=12, K=13, Ace=14). However, if they have both have the exact same number, then they have to drink double the face value.

The next person in the circle must count the sips the first two are drinking, as fast or slow as they want. However… if one of the drinkers finishes their beer before the counting is done, then the person counting has to finish their beer. For this reason, it’s a good idea to play this game with cans of beer or cups so you can disguise how much beer you have left.

When the drinking has finished, then the third person draws. If their card is related to either the 1st or 2nd card, then all 3 have to drink, whilst the 4th person counts. Now continue around the circle. If a card drawn fails to be related, the ring is broken, and the cards must be discarded and the game must start again. If the ring makes it all around the circle, then the first player discards their and becomes the counter, then is next to draw a new card.

Sample Round

Player 1 draws a 6 of hearts.

Player 2 draws an 8 of hearts.

Player 3 counts to 8 whilst players 1 and 2 drink (player 1 stops at 6 drinks).

Player 3 draws a 6 of clubs.

Player 4 counts to 12 (as two 6s have been uncovered), player 2 stops at 8, whilst players 1 and 3 must both drink to 12.

Player 4 draws a 5 of clubs.

Player 5 counts to 12 (player 1=12 sips, player 2=8 sips, player 3=12 sips, player 4=5 sips). However, player 2 finishes their beer before player 5 has finished counting, so player 5 has to finish their beer.

Player 5 draws an 8 of spades.

Player 6 counts to 16 (as two 8s have been uncovered); player 1=12 sips, player 2=16 sips, player 3=12 sips, player 4=5 sips, player 5=16 sips.

Player 6 draws a 5 of diamonds.

Player 1 counts to 16 (player 1=12 sips, player 2=16 sips, player 3=12 sips, player 4=10 sips, player 5=16 sips, player 6=10 sips), and then discards their 6 of hearts (no longer in play).

Player 1 draws a King of clubs.

Player 2 counts to 16 (player 1=13 sips, player 2=16 sips, player 3=6 sips, player 4=10 sips, player 5=16 sips, player 6=10 sips), and then discards their 8 of hearts (no longer in play)…etc

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