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3 drinking games to replace the dying art of beer pong

There is a prevalent subject on college campuses perhaps as divisive as politics that must be addressed: beer pong and how painfully boring. Unless you’ve made things spicy by integrating rules and humorous aspects of the YouTube trending Fear Pong version of the game or you’re constantly dunking balls across the table, there is a 100 percent possibility that you are being the downer of the party.

Before you throw your Patagonia dad hats or your empty JUUL pods at me in pointless protest, consider this: There are so many overlooked drinking games to amp up a party. 


If you’re trying to actually have fun at a (responsible) drinking function this weekend, here are three games that don’t suck so bad. 

Most Likely Too

This game is fun because you don’t need to get mad at Chad for forgetting to pick up the ping pong balls from King Soopers again. Simply gather a group of people into a circle, and start throwing lots of shade at each other. One by one, each person in the group will say something along the lines of “Most likely to…streak at a CSU football game.” This person will then count to three, and on the third count, everyone in the group points at the person in the huddle they think would most likely do the said thing. The person with the most fingers pointing at them must drink as many sips as there are fingers in their direction. This game is great for learning strangers’ first impressions and also getting into friendship-ending fights with your loved ones.

Beer Hockey

Everyone loves a drinking game where you aren’t required to drink beer if you don’t want to. At a table, each player is responsible for protecting their own drink with two fingers, but they can only do this when a quarter is in motion. When it is a player’s turn, they spin a quarter and then call out another players name. Whoever’s name is called out must sucker punch the quarter in the hopes of hitting another player’s drink. Those who don’t adequately protect their beverage must chug their drink while the person who swiped the quarter spins the coin again as long as possible. If the coin stops spinning, the person can stop chugging. If the person finishes the drink before the coin falls over, they can slam their empty can or cup down onto the quarter. This prompts sweet revenge on the shooter, who must now chug their drink fully. If you’re playing with strangers, don’t bother learning names.

I suggest yelling descriptive nicknames such as, “guy who looks like Harry Potter if he joined a frat” or “girl who looks like she knits in her free time” and seeing how that goes. Also, important advice: don’t try to protect a wine bottle with two fingers.

Pizza Box

I have never walked into a college kid’s home without finding random cardboard. For some reason, we are all hoarders that don’t quite know how to recycle, but that ends here. In the name of saving the planet, simply flatten out your excess cardboard onto a table or a floor. Each player will take turns flipping a coin on to the cardboard. If the coin lands on a blank space, the player can write their own rule and create a shape around it, like what an 8-year-old might draw if you asked them to draw a hexagon. If the coin lands on a part of the cardboard already inhabited by a rule, the player must enact that rule.

I suggest starting with rules such as, “Player must take two shots and then recite the rapping verse of ‘Fergalicious’”, or “Player must wear the person to their left as a backpack for one full round,” and then see where your weird friends take it from there.


Collegian reporter Miranda Moses can be reached at or on Twitter @mirandasrad.

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