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Here Are the Rules For Ring of Fire: The Popular Drinking Game

From the 2 to the Ace, here's what you need to know

While learning new dinner party games is fun, sometimes there's only one drinking game that will do it: ring of fire. It's reliable, it's quick, and it's guaranteed to get you quiiiite drunk (responsibility, of course). The only problem? Sometimes it's actually quite hard to remember all the rules, considering there are 13 different ones to remember and you've probably had a gin and tonic or two by the time you start playing.

So, what are the rules of ring of fire?

A tall glass is put in the middle of the table, and surrounded by the cards facing down in a big circle (see picture above). This becomes the 'ring of fire'. Players take it in turns to draw a card from the deck, taking care not to break the circle - e.g. making sure every card touches at least one other that is left in the circle. If you break the circle, you have to drink. For every card you drawer, there is a specific rule -

  • 2 - You, the player who drew the card picks someone to drink
  • 3 - Me, the player who drew the card drinks
  • 4 - All those who identify as female drink
  • 5 - Thumbmaster, the player who drew the card must put their thumb on the table at a chosen time (before the next five gets picked though, or they lose the right). The last person to put their thumb on the table must drink
  • 6 - All those who identify as male drink
  • 7 - Heaven, the player who drew the card must point to the sky (at any chosen time before the next 7 is drawn). The last person who points to the sky must drink
  • 8 -Mate, the player who drew the card picks a drinking mate, who must drink every time they drink. As a secondary rule, you can decide whether that means you always have to drink when they drink, too.
  • 9 - Rhyme, the player who drew the card says a word, and you go around the circle rhyming with that word until someone messes up, and has to drink
  • 10 - Categories, the player who drew the card thinks of a category (e.g. dogs, cars, types of alcohol), and you go around the circle naming words in that category until someone messes up, and has to drink
  • Jack - Make a rule. The player who drew the card makes a new rule (e.g. must drink with your left hand, or you can't call people by their first names) and anyone who breaks the rule at any time throughout the rest of the game has to drink
  • Queen - Question master. You become the question master, and if anybody answers a question asked by you (the player who drew the card), they have to drink. This applies to ANY question.
  • King - the player who drew the card must pour some of their drink into the cup in the middle. The person to draw the last King has to drink whatever is in the cup in the middle.
  • Ace - waterfall. Starting with the player who drew the card, every player continually drinks their drink, and can only stop when the person to their right has stopped drinking.

Prepare for a very fun (and probably very drunk) evening. Please drink responsibly.