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Around the World

Around the World is a simple game. All you need is a deck of cards, a group of people willing to play it, and the alcohol of everyone's choice (preferably a mixed drink or beer. It can get dangerous with wine, and downright deadly with spirits).

Shuffle a deck of cards, with the jokers removed. Then spread it around the table or center area in a circle with a blank area in the middle. Then, simply take turns going around the table clockwise drawing cards. Every card has a particular action associated with it.

The King Game
The loser (the person drawing the fourth king) must play the king game. First, gather up all the cards, and remove the twos, threes, and fours from the deck. Shuffle thoroughly, then deal them out in a diamond shape, with five levels. One in the first level, two in the second, three in the third level, two in the fourth, and one final card in the fifth.

The loser has to start at one end, and get to the other side. Every time a face card or an ace is turned up, they have to take a drink, and start over (i.e., cards from the deck are placed on top of cards previously turned face up.

Also, you can only go to the two cards directly above the card you are chosing. So if, on the second row, you chose the right card, you can only choose the center card or the right card from the third row. And only the center card from the third row can choose either the right or the left card in the fourth row.

Further, if the deck runs out before the person successfully makes it all the way across, the cards are reshuffled (putting in the fours this time) and you must start over. If you fail again, the threes are put in, and if you fail a fourth time, the twos are put back in.

It sounds deceptively easy, but by the time you get to the fourth reshuffle and you still haven't made it all the way across, you've most likely consumed far more alcohol than you believed possible.

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Last updated on 18 June, 2002. But obviously not finished. Keep checking daily for updates. It won't do any good, but it'll give you something to occupy your meaningless existence until you die.

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