A slightly easier alternative version (see below for details) is known as Spots.
This tongue-twisting drinking game requires any number of players around a table, a cork and a lighter or matches.
How to Play
First of all, assign a number to each player around the table (i.e. numbers 1 to 7 if there are 7 players). Then, using the lighter or matches, burn and blacken one end of the cork.
There are two pieces of terminology used in the game:
- ibble dibble – which is used to refer to players in the game
- dibble ibble – which is used to refer to a black mark on a player’s face made by the cork
The first person starts by passing play onto somebody else by stating the following information:
- Who they are
- How many black marks they have
- Who they are passing play onto
- How many black marks that player has
For example, if player 1 passes onto player 3, then they say:
“This is number 1 ibble dibble with no dibble ibbles calling number 3 ibble dibble with no dibble ibbles.”
Player 4 then immediately responds in a similar fashion, passing on to whoever they choose. If there are any hesitations, incorrect wording or getting the number of dibble ibbles wrong, then the culprit receives a black mark from the cork on the face and drinks 2 fingers.
Later play might therefore include statements such as:
“This is number 2 ibble dibble with 4 dibble ibbles calling number 5 ibble dibble with 7 dibble ibbles.”