The matchbox game is a drinking game
played at a table with a matchbox
and pints of beer
. It is played in turn, clockwise
around the table.
In turn, each person must take a matchbox and hold it between two fingers
, their thumb
touching the table between themselves and their pint of beer. They must then throw the matchbox over their pint without taking their thumb off the table. Where and how the matchbox lands decides what happens next.
If the box lands on its long narrow side (the striking side) then two fingers of beer
are added to the current forfeit
. If the box lands on its short side, four fingers of beer
are added to the current forfeit.
If the box lands flat on its side. The player must drink whatever forfeit has accumulated in one
. The turn then passes to the next player.
This is the basis of the game, other rules have been added to spice it up a little.
- If the box does not make it over the pint, the player must down their pint in one and go and buy another.
- If the box does not land on the table, the player must down their pint in one and go and buy another.
- If the box lands in the player's pint, they must fish it out, down their pint in one and go and buy another. Play continues with the same box until it disintegrates.
- If the box lands in another player's pint, the player must fish it out, down the other player's pint in one and go and buy them another.
- If a player is unable to drink their forfeit in one - ie they come up for air - they must carry out some other forfeit as decided by the rest of the group.