Requirements for play

1 deck of cards
4+ players


Instructions for play

To start California Kings, spread cards face-down around a large cup. Draw in clockwise order. A "drink" is a normal sip.

Ace - Social - He/she who draws proposes a toast and everyone drinks.

2-6 - Black (Clubs & Spades) - Consume the card's value in drinks.

2-6 - Red (Hearts & Diamonds) - Give the card's value in drinks. The total may be split-up between multiple players.

7 - Waterfall - Everybody begins to chug. You can't stop until the person to your right has stopped. He/she who draws may stop first.

8 - Thumb Master - He/she who draws puts his/her thumb on the table. The last person to do so drinks.

9 - Rhyme - He/she who draws says a sentence. The person to his/her left must rhyme with the last word in the original sentence. This continues in clockwise order. Rhyming words may not be repeated. If you repeat a word or can't think of one, you drink.

10 - Category - He/she who draws thinks of a category, like "Simpsons Characters." Then, he/she says one, like "Homer." Then, the person to his/her left must think of another one, like "Bart." This continues in clockwise order. If you repeat an item or can't think of one, you drink.

Jack - Guys drink - A toast is often included.

Queen - Ladies drink - A toast is often included.

King - We don't call it "kings" for nothing. He/she who draws the first, second and third king pours some of his/her drink into the "large cup" and comes up with a rule that must be obeyed for the rest of the game, like "no showing your teeth" or "no saying 'drink,' 'drank' or 'drunk'." Anyone in violation of a rule drinks. He/she who draws the fourth king must POUND the contents of the "large cup." Drawing the fourth king marks the end of the game.

Note: Drawing the fourth king is a fate worse than death if there are a combination of beverages in the "large cup," like beer, wine cooler and vodka. In fact, some players insist that only beer be poured into the cup; but they don't have the love for the game.


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