Drinking and playing cards are two pastimes deeply imbedded in British culture so it was inevitable that they would be merged together at some point. The sometimes recklessly competitive nature of our drinking makes drinking games greatly enjoyable, but if you get a run of bad luck your night could be over very quickly. Queens is a game that relies completely on luck, as opposed to others where maintaining a quick mind or a good memory are key. Proceed with caution.
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Things you need
- Deck of cards
- One glass per person
- Drink of your choice
First decide on what constitutes the forfeit drink. This could be a small measure of beer, a shot of a spirit or pretty much anything under the sun. Remember when deciding on it that a person may be required to drink as many as four of them in one penalty. Get as many glasses as there are players, because some penalties require that everyone drinks.
Take a complete deck of cards and spread them out on a table, being sure to remove any jokers first. Sit all the competitors round the table in a loose circle. Decide on who goes first by your own method, such as drawing straws or rolling a dice. Once the starter has been selected, start the game in a clockwise direction.
If you pick a two, three or four, you must drink that number of forfeit drinks. If you pick a five the direction of play is reversed with no forfeit drinks taken. If you pick a six then the person to the left of the person who drew the card must drink a forfeit and if it is a seven, it is the person on the right who drinks. If you pick an eight or a king, everyone must drink. If you pick a nine, the second person to the left must drink and if it is a 10 the second person on the right. If you draw a jack then all the men must drink and a queen means all the women drink. If you pick an ace you nominate a person to drink.
Discard each card after it has been drawn. When all the cards have been drawn, you can shuffle and spread them out again if you are feeling up to it.
Getting into the game
Tips and warnings
- Feel free to make up your own rules, for instance, someone only has to drink a single forfeit drink if a two, three or four is drawn.
- Don't let competitors drink too much and always make sure drunk people get home safely.
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