People drink because it is one of the common ways of socializing. More commonly people drink to experience the after effect of the alcohol, it makes them confident and relaxed. Whatever reason why we are drinking it is always best to drink in moderate to enjoy the most out of it. Well, I know one way of enjoying while drinking and that is by playing a card game. This game was introduced to me by my ex lover way back when we visited Pampanga when we were invited to experience Christmas there by one of my housemates. The game was so funny and so enjoying that we easily get a hang of it. The game is called “7 Waterfalls”. It is also known as King’s Cup or King’s Card Game or Ring of Fire.
Popularized by the universities of Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, and USA, it has been one of the favorite drinking card games of all.
What are needed?
- Deck of Cards
- 7 or more players
- Alcoholic beverages such as wines, beer, or mixed spirits
What is the setup?
- The group of drinkers will sit in a circular position
- The cards will be shuffled and will be placed in the middle
- Each member of the group will have their own cups filled with alcoholic beverages
- Each member will then draw a card on top of the deck and depending on what type of card everyone must participate in the instructions corresponding to the drawn card
- After each turn the cups are filled again with booze
What are the rules? (iamdarky’s version)
Ace (I have the power) – The player who drew the card assigns someone to take a drink
2 (Two for you) – The player who drew the card assigns someone sitting across to take a drink (that would be the player’s drink and his own drink), if in case there would be conflict between the person sitting across the player who drew the card must choose 1 only
3 (Three for me) – The player who drew the card is the only one who’s going to take a drink
4 (For the whore) – All women drink
5 (Make your own rule) – The player who drew the card can create any rule and if someone breaks the rule, that person that breaks the rule will drink. Example: Anyone who swears or uses a curse word has to drink; anyone who touches the table has to drink.
6 (Six for the Sticks/Dicks) – All men drink
7 (Seven Waterfalls) – To perform a “Waterfall”, each player starts drinking their beverage, depending on the direction of the game (whether you are picking cards clockwise or counterclockwise). No player can stop drinking until the player before them stops drinking.
8 (Eight for Mate) – All participants must drink
9 (Lucky Nine) – All participants must drink except for the player who drew this card
10 (Sing my song) – The player who drew the 10 sings a phrase, then the players go around in the circle singing the phrases that starts with the ending of the phrase of the previous player. No song may be sung twice, the first player who cannot come up with a song, or sings a phrase that doesn’t rhyme must drink.
Jack (Catergory) – The player who drew the jack picks a category such as “animal name starting with E” or “brand of television,” the players then go around in the circle saying items from that category, the first player who cannot think of an item or says something not in the category (or if all items have been exhausted) must drink
Queen (Answer a question with a question) – The player begins by turning to a random person in the group and asking a question. That player must then turn to someone else and ask a different question. If the person does not ask a question (responds), cannot think of a question quickly, don’t mention the name of the player being asked, or repeats a question, they must drink.
King (Community Cup) – An empty cup is placed in the middle of the table. Whenever a king is drawn, that person pours some of his or her drink to the community cup. When the fourth king is drawn, that person must chug the contents of the community cup.
Of course any drinking games have its own variations and it’s up to you to make your own variations of rules. Some people have completely different rules for the cards drawn. As long as everyone knows what the cards mean before the game starts, then it doesn’t matter what rules are being used.
Now in the next time that your party started to get boring, try this game out. It’s ideal for bonding moments with your friends, officemates, team building, occasions, or just by hanging out. Just bear in mind that drinking comes with responsibility and you should limit your drinking to moderate. Never drink and drive.