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Asshole Drinking Games

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	This is a slightly more complex game, but very, very fun when
mastered. This game requires a minimum of 5 people to play. High boot
	The first hand of asshole is the establishing hand. This will
decide who is the President, V-Pres, Normal People, and the Asshole
for the next round.
	Approximately 6 or 7 cards are dealt to each player, depending
on the number playing this can be higher or lower. The rank of the cards
is as follows (most powerful to least powerful) 2, A, K, Q, ... 4, and 3.
Some is chosen to go first and they play a card, the next person has two
	1) to play a card higher than (but not the same) as the previous
	2) or to pass on that turn.
For example, if a 4 is lead, a next player must play HIGHER than a 4,
the the next player has to play higher than that. A new hand starts
when all players pass, or when someone plays a 2 (the most powerful card).
The last person to play a card, leads the next hand.
This proceeds until all players are rid of their cards. The first player
out of cards is the Pres for the next round, the next out becomes the 
VP, the next players out are normal, and the last person out is the Asshole.
However lets say that the person leading has two 5's, this person may
play them both, then the next player must play two of the same card
HIGHER than five; this player cannot play one card or three cards, only
two. As well, three, or even four, of the same card may be lead.
The only time a player may lay one card in a situation like this is if
it is a two (the power card); a single two, beats everything, and the hand
ends followed by a new lead.
The roles for each player are as follows:
	President: can make any player drink at any time, no-one may make
	           the President drink but self. The Pres is the first
		   player to start each round (benefits of power). And
		   the Pres should never have to refill own beer.
	Vice Pres: can make any player drink at any time (except Pres),
		   the only the Pres or self can make the VP drink.
		   The VP goes second in each round.
	Normal People: These players can make each other drink as well
		       as the Asshole. They play in the order they
		       finished the previous round; first normal out
		       follows the VP, second normal out follows first, etc.
	Asshole: for many reasons, this player is truly the Asshole.
		 This player has to do all dealing of cards, all sweeping
		 of cards after the hands, and can not make any other 
		 player drink. The asshole plays last in each round.
A few recommendations, at the end of each round, the players should move seats
in order to reflect the hierarchy, and proper playing order. Play your
lowest cards first. Abuse the power when Pres or VP, but remember it will
always come back to haunt you, especially when abusing the Asshole.
Play as many rounds as desired.

Another (slightly modified) rules:

	1.  First of all, the ideal number of people to have play is four.
	    If more than four play, take out enough cards (starting with the 
	    threes) or add jokers (jokers come in as high cards - higher than
	    the two) to make sure everyone will be dealt an even number
	    of cards.  If more than seven are playing, use two decks of cards.
	    (Hierarchy of cards (l->h) 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K,A,2,Joker)

	2.  The object of the game is to get rid of your cards first.  The
	    person who gets rid of their cards first becomes President, the
	    next becomes VP, and so on.

	3.  The idea of the hierarchy (President,VP,Treasurer,. . .,asshole) is
	    that as soon as the cards are dealt you can make anyone below you
	    drink.  Asshole also has some extra jobs.  He must shuffle the
	    cards, sweep the cards after each round is played, and fill 
	    everyone's drink.  If there is too much for the asshole to do, 
	    and the game is slowing down, vice-asshole will be requested to
	    assist the asshole in his duties.

	4.  Before the hand starts, President gives the asshole his lowest
	    card, and asshole gives the President his highest card.  If either
	    is caught not giving his absolute lowest or highest card (this 
	    means breaking up a pair of threes if you are the President) they
	    are automatic asshole for the next hand.  If eight or more are 
	    playing, President and asshole exchange their *two* highest and low-
	    est cards, and VP and vice-asshole exchange their *one* highest and
	    lowest card.

	5.  The President leads off the *first* round.  After the first
	    round, whoever won the last round leads the next round.  If the
	    person who won threw his last card, the lead follows to the left.

	6.  After the first card is led, play follows down the hierarchy.
	    When play reaches you, you can play or pass.  You can play by
	    matching the card played or by playing a higher card.  Also, if
	    a single card is led, you must follow with a single card.  If
	    a pair is led, you must follow with a pair, and so on.  If you
	    can not match or beat the card or cards played, you must pass
	    play to the next player.  Even if you can play on the cards, you
	    may choose to pass anyway (to save your high cards).  The last
	    card played wins the round.

	7.  Once a person leads, play only goes around *once*.  For example,
	    if the President leads with a 5, VP plays a J, Treasurer plays a
	    2, and the asshole passes, the round ends, and the Treasurer leads
	    since he won that round.

	8.  Play continues until everyone has thrown all of their cards and 
	    the hierarchy is established for the next hand.

	Other fun ways to drink more:
	9.  Before the hand starts, someone must give the President a toast
	    (this is an opportune time to kiss-ass to the President).  If no
	    toast is presented, the President can give out his own punishment.

	10. There is a "social" (everyone must drink) when three cards of the
	    same value are played in one round.  Not only for three cards
	    played by different people, but also for triples!

	11. Then there is the board meeting.  Everyone starts drinking and
	    is not allowed to stop drinking until the person above him stops
	    drinking (i.e. the VP cannot stop until the Pres. stops, the 
	    Tres. cannot stop until the VP stops, et cetera).  As you can see,
	    this another disadvantage of being the asshole (low man on the
	    totem pole).  Only the President can call a board meeting.

Well, I think that about covers the rules.  It can sound like a difficult
game at first (don't try to learn it drunk), but it provides hours and hours
of entertainment.  



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