I am 32 years old, and I played my first drinking game yesterday. It was also my first time creating one, and having never played one before, I’m not really sure how they’re supposed to go, but W-Josh and I were watching the second season of Downton Abbey, and we thought we’d make it more interesting. After two rum-and-Cokes apiece, we both tapped out, which was definitely for the best because the end of the season is really good, and based on when we started playing the game, we wouldn’t have remembered the last episode if we’d carried the game out through the whole season. Plus, I’m too old for that mess.
So like I said, I’m not really sure how these things are supposed to work, but from what I’ve gathered over the years, it seems like the only point to a drinking game is to find as many reasons as possible to drink, so here’s what we came up with. Feel free to add rules and tweak things any way you want should you be inclined to play. And if you make improvements, I’d love to hear them!
When watching any episode of Downton Abbey, take a drink whenever:
- anyone says, “Mr. Bates.”
- Mary and Edith exchange cattiness.
- there’s a close-up of anyone showing signs of inner turmoil on their face. Take two drinks if this person is Mary.
- there’s a long camera shot of the house.
- a woman makes a non-verbal utterance.
- the grandmother says something sassy.
- Mr. Bates takes the fall for something that wasn’t his fault.
- Thomas and O’Brien make an evil plan.
- anyone overhears or eavesdrops on something.
- Daisy gets fussed at.
- Sybil and the chauffeur have a conversation in or around the car.
- Mr. Carson comments on the inappropriateness of maids serving dinner.
- anyone mentions or alludes to the incident involving “poor Mr. Pamuk.”