TTO’s “Drinking Game of the Month” is Back

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TTO’s classic feature “Drinking Game of the Month” is back!

TTO’s “Drinking Game of the Month” feature, 2004.

The Tiger Town Observer neither condones nor encourages underage drinking or drunk driving. Both activities are illegal and punishable by law. Please designate a driver, or we will hunt you down. We’re that serious. 

In honor of all the lovely ladies and gents returning to school this week, we are cruising out of FDOC with the return of the infamous drinking game of the month. This month’s game is a timeless classic, 100% guaranteed to take you on a wild ride straight to the bars or possibly to the bathroom toilet. This month’s game is… RIDE THE BUS!

Supplies: 

  • drinks for each player 
  • deck of cards 

Instructions: The game is divided into three parts: dealing the cards, building the pyramid, and riding the bus. 

Dealing The Cards:

  1. Dealer shuffles cards and asks the players beginning on his/her left “red or black?” If the player guesses correctly, he/she can hand out a penalty of one drink to the player of their choice. If the player guesses incorrectly, he/she must take a sip of their drink. 
  2.  Dealer asks the players beginning on his/her left “high or low?” If the player guesses correctly, he/she can hand out a penalty of one drink to the player of their choice. If the player guesses incorrectly, he/she must take a sip of their drink. 
  3.  Dealer shuffles cards and asks the players beginning on his/her left “in between or outside?” The player must guess if the next card will be in between the two cards already placed in his stack or outside the two numbers. For example, if the player guesses “inside” and his first two cards are a 3 and a 7, a 5 would be a correct guess. If the player guesses correctly, he/she can hand out a penalty of one drink to the player of their choice. If the player guesses incorrectly, he/she must take a sip of their drink. 
  4. Dealer shuffles cards and asks the players beginning on his/her left to guess the suit.  If the player guesses correctly, he/she can hand out a penalty of 5 drinks to any of the players of their choice. If the player guesses incorrectly, he/she must take a sip of their drink. 

Building the Pyramid:

  1. Each player takes the four cards they called and holds them. 
  2.  The dealer forms a pyramid of face down cards starting with five cards at the bottom and ending with one at the top. Each row of cards counts for a penalty level from 1 drink for the bottom row to the top card counting for 5 drinks. 
  3. The dealer flips over the cards on the pyramid in order. If any player has a matching card to one of the cards in the pyramid, they can place their card on top of the one in the pyramid, earning the right to hand out the drinking penalty associated with the row of cards to the player of their choice. 
  4. Once all the cards in the pyramid have been flipped, the player that has the most cards remaining in his hand must continue to the final round, riding the bus. 

Riding the Bus:

  1. Option 1: The dealer places 10 cards face-down on the table and begins flipping them over. If the card is a face card, the player must drink. Ace=4 drinks, King=3 drinks, Queen=2 drinks, Jack=1 drink. 
  2. Option 2:  In this version of the game, the player riding the bus must continue through the deck of cards, calling cards in the same format as the dealing cards round (red/black, high/low, etc). The player must call each card correctly or drink and start over. The round continues until the player calls each card correctly or the deck runs out. 

Have fun and stay safe out there, tigers! If you’re under 21 and wish you could take part in the fun, read more about how a South Carolina representative wants to change things for you by checking out the article, “A Lower Legal Drinking Age Could be a Victory for States’ Rights.” *

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