Beer checkers is another drinking game based on a popular board game. However, this boozy version is very different from the checkers your grandparents play.
Sip Score: **** (Medium to High Sipping game depending on the number of players)
Game Description: A classic board drinking game, this one has been around much longer than most people think and is still all about those famous two words: King Me!
Number of Players: Minimum of 2
You Will Need: A large waterproof checker board, a couple of different drinks (i.e. red wine, white beer, or a dark beer and a light beer), 24 cups in place of normal checker pieces.
How to Play: Lay out the checkerboard and put the cups on the board in the usual formation for checkers, with one color of cup/drink for one player, and another color of cup/drink for another player to make a clear distinction between opponents’ ‘pieces.’ Fill the cups (12 for each player) half way with alcohol.
Rules of the Game: The players can define their own house rules from the outset. The prevailing rules are the same as those for checkers, and as such the cups should be moved in the same fashion.
Some key rules:
SKIPPED CUP: A cup that is skipped (lost) by another player’s cup MUST BE DOWNED by the owner of the cup.
KING: The King piece has privileges! Cups that get as far as the king’s row will be filled all the way to the brim with booze, as a symbol of this cup’s regal standing on the checkerboard!
The game comes to a stopping point when players are unable to move any of their cups further due to blocking or because the other player has no pieces left on the board. The winner is the player who has the most cups left on the board!
You Lose: If your cups all get taken. The losing piece has to drink the contents of all of their seized cups; this could be as many as twelve, so pace yourself and make sure the cups are only filled to half-way.