I just got an email from Carrie Oakley, who writes a rather interesting “general fun stuff” blog. (Remember, Rule 1 of successful blogging is to point out your good stuff to other bloggers… relentlessly if needed.) It worked here, since I thought I could get a good post out of her tip. (Rule 2 is to link other bloggers as much a possible. Karma will reward you.)
I’ve written my own drinking game, of course, but Carrie has scoured the web looking for a very special subset, and gives us her list of the 25 Geekiest Drinking Games Ever Played. She has found a really very interesting group of games, each suffused with that geek commandment, “When doing things that ordinary people do, be sure to do it in a fashion more complex or esoteric than reason should allow.” And a perusal of her list will remind you how rich and varied are the collected worlds of geekdom out there. There are Fan Geeks, Computer Geeks, Social Media Geeks, D&D Geeks, and yes, Drinking Geeks.
These are more than just regular drinking games themed for a particular flavor of geek, though there are a few of those too. Many are pretty cool, though you wouldn’t catch me trying them.
In keeping with the meta nature of my introduction to this post, I’ll point out the value of Internet Lists to bloggers. I can list several of Carrie’s finds in my own post (that would be this one for those who got a head start on their drinking game before finding this), while still driving you to her site to see the rest of the good stuff. I also can encourage you to visit a few of the sites that originated the ideas, and you may want to visit some of the ones I don’t mention here when you visit Carrie’s. It’s a way to prime the Internet pump. In fact, it’s exactly like the Stimulus Plan, only it cost a trillion dollars less, and has the added benefit of actually working!
Here are some of my favorite Geek Drinking Games:
- The Eduwonk Drinking Game. A buzzword drinking game for our educational establishment. Drink when you hear any of the listed phrases, such as, “Rubric”, “Standards-based”, or “Dead White Guys”. You can tell a lot about how our teaching establishment has lost track of its core mission from this, my favorite entry: “Best practices (Mandatory group hugs, however, around anyone who uses the vernacular “stuff that works pretty good.”)”
- Over the Bar is not so much a drinking game, as much as it is an actual RPG, where drinking replaces dice in the game mechanics…
- The last one I’ll share here is one for the Hipster
DouchebagsGeeks. Wizard’s Staff is a drinking game whereby you increase your “level” by duct taping together your defeated Pabst Blue Ribbon cans into your “staff of power”. There is nothing stupid or phallic at all about this game. Nosirreebob. And I shudder to think how often we’d have played it in college, had it been invented back then.