Eat The Turnbuckle is a bizarrely named drinking game that combines cards and dice for a very, very boozy game indeed, so be warned…It might be a good idea to learn the values of the cards with a ‘dry run’ first.
Sip Score: ****** (Pretty-Darn-High-Sipping game)
Game Description: This is a unique card-dice hybrid drinking game with a fairly complex structure. The cards are assigned values, as in a traditional card drinking game when each card equals a total number of sips. But unlike a regular card drinking game, it’s the dice that really call the shots. Quite literally! Incidentally, a ‘turnbuckle’ is a tension screw used for stretching ropes, rods or cables. The aim of the game is to avoid getting the highest drinking penalty, so called the turnbuckle because it is the tension point of the game!
Number of Players: Minimum of four
You Will Need: A deck of cards, two dice, a posse of participants and beer, beer, beer.
How to Play: Sit down with all the players with the cards, dice and beer next to you. Assign one player the role of dealer who will shuffle the cards and deal out an equal number to all players. Choose who will go first – this player and each subsequent player will roll the dice and all players look at their own cards to see if they have any cards that match the number displayed on the rolled dice…
Rules of the Game:
The rules of ‘Eat the Turnbuckle’ can be a little tricky to get a handle on first. Make sure that all players understand the relationship between the cards and the dice, and the rounds before you start playing. Have fun!
IF A PLAYER HAS ONE CARD THAT MATCHES THE DICE: This player has to sip his drink the same number of times as the card states.
IF A PLAYER HAS TWO CARDS THAT MATCH THE DICE: Then the player has to sip TWICE the value of the cards. For example, if the player has TWO NUMBER FIVE cards, then he has to take TEN sips of beer.
IF A PLAYER HAS FOUR CARDS THAT MATCH THE DICE: Then the player has to sip ONE AND A HALF times the total. For example, if the player has FOUR NUMBER SIX cards, they will have to drink 4 x 6 x 1.5 times, which means a whopping 36 sips. Wow.
ACE: Is valued at 1 and so equals ONE SIP
KING: Is valued at 1 so equals ONE SIP
JACK: Is valued at 11 and so equal to ELEVEN SIPS
QUEEN: Is valued at 12 and so equal to TWELVE SIPS
IF A PLAYER HAS ALL FOUR QUEENS AND A 12 IS ROLLED ON THE DICE: The player must take 4 x 12 x 1.5 sips, which equals an incredible 72. This is called “Eating the Turnbuckle.”
You Lose: If you have all four queens and roll a 12 so you “Eat the Turnbuckle.” Failing that, you also can lose if you throw a high dice and have several matching cards.