Asshole is a classic drinking game that should be in every repertoire.
Sip Score: *** (Medium-Sipping game)
Game Description: This is a card drinking game with a fairly complex set of rules attached to the hierarchy of players.
Number of Players: Minimum of 4.
You Will Need: Plenty of beer, a reasonable amount of patience and a pack of cards.
How to Play: With drinks and cards ready to go, Assign one of the players the role of dealer who deals out 6 or 7 cards to each player (more or less depending on how many players), face down. The aim of this first round is to establish the rank of each of the players: President, Vice-President, Citizens and Asshole. Then, with ranks conferred, things start to get more interesting round 2!
Rules of the Game:
PLAYER 1: TO LEFT OF DEALER: After the cards have been dealt, the person to the left of the dealer looks at his cards and starts to group them together, laying face-up on the table, according to value.
NEXT PLAYER (MOVING LEFT): Has two options to choose from, depending on what cards he has.
OPTION 1: The next player must chose if he wishes to lay down cards of the same or greater value as the first player. For example, if the first player laid down three cards of the value three, the next player may lay down three threes, three fours, etc.
OPTION 2: If the next cannot top the last player’s cards, he can pass to the next person, who can in turn pass to the next person, etc. Skipping a turn is punishable by TAKING A DRINK!
Game play continues in this way, moving to the left, with the next player putting down three cards of a higher number than the last.
If he is unable to, he passes and takes a PENALTY DRINK.
A player who only equals the card numbers of the player before him must also TAKE A DRINK!
Continue until each and every card has been played. Then, players are RANKED and given privileges according to their status. The player with the highest number of successfully grouped cards is President, second highest is Vice-President, all others are Citizens except for the worst performing player; this is the Asshole.
Cards are regrouped and reshuffled by the Asshole and the game proceeds to Round 2.
THE RULES OF PRIVILEGE AND CORRUPTION ACCORDING TO RANK:
PRESIDENT: Always starts a new round when the cards have all been played. If he misses a turn due to being skipped, he doesn’t have to drink. Presidents NEVER refill their own drinks during the game. The President is the only player who can opt to leave the game. He can make any other player take a drink. A player ranked as President three or more consecutive times can add his own rules to the game.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Always goes second. VP can make anyone except the President drink whenever he damn well pleases.
CITIZENS: Go after the VP and can make only fellow Citizens or the Asshole take drinks.
ASSHOLE: The Asshole always goes last. He must always deal and clear the cards and refills other players’ drinks. The Asshole cannot make any other players take a drink.
The overall winner is the player who ranks as President the most.
You Lose: If you are the Asshole the most number of times.