Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Ladies Lounge Bar Games # 1Root Shoot or Marry
Back to blogging I come, did you miss me? Well Suse did, and sent me lovely messages so I knew it was worth the return!

Also, various real life friends complained they were sick of looking at my woks and jugs and wanted something that more accurately reflected the life of a Ladies Lounge: in short, drinking games.

Now it's all very well to say let's have a drinking game online, and if anyone can make it work I should have a decent chance as a large proportion of my online time is spent in a state of post-work half-sozzlement with a large glass of red wine to hand. But I have none of the skills that a real web designer might bring to the bar to make the game more lively so unless I get a volunteer html bartender (hmmm, Craig?) you're going to have to make sure that you too are already as tired as a cricket and just imagine you're in a real bar when you play the game.

First up, as promised, is the delightfully Australian "Root, Shoot or Marry". For any non-Australians who want to play, please remember that the verb 'to root' here means to engage in sexual intercourse and has nothing to do with cheering on the team (unless you like to combine those things, Oh Mickey style, but I digress). It's a cultural barrier, admittedly, but "Fuck, Shoot or Marry" sounds too much like a Tommy Lee and Pamela home movie.

Tony Park has already gone to the trouble of explaining the RSM game on his blog (visit it HERE for some great reading about Africa and to bask in the glow of a real-live-published-by-a-mainstream-publisher AUTHOR and maybe buy his new book too, hmm?) so I've pasted it below.

Tony tells me that Susannah is responsible for inventing RSM - but other than knowing her as "Parachute Packer Susannah" I can't give you any more detail on this intriguing character and am hoping that if she drops in (geddit? parachutes?) she'll tell us all how the game evolved.

Read the rules and then scroll down for this week's RSM choices. You should post your choice as a comment with this entry. Try not to read anyone else's before you enter your own.

Links back to this entry would be great if you have your own blog, and if you don't have your own blog? Get one! Because blogging is without doubt the single best cure for an eBay addiction... (what do you mean you're not addicted to eBay - are you sure you're even ON the internet right now?)

Root, shoot or marry (Tony's description)
It's simple in its concept, but devilish in its strategy.

A player is given a list of three people - they may be famous or simply known to the player; but must not be a relative or partner.
Whether the player is given three people of the same or oppositve sex depends very much on the player, the group and the level of intoxication.
For example, if I was to give you: Russell Crowe, John Howard and, say, your boss, you then have to tell the group which one of the three you would root (for non-Australians: have intimate relations with); who you would shoot; and who you would marry.
By the way, the rooting is a one-off, so don't go thinking you could marry Russell Crowe and have a long-term affair with the PM - not fair.
It's not as easy or straightforward as it may seem.
Warning: don't try this game at home (Rebecca's note - best not played with a spouse in earshot, either).
And people say blogs are a waste of time!Never.

Right-oh. I'll make it easy for first timers by giving both male and female lists. Play both if you feel up for it. This week's Root, Shoot or Marry choices are:

Stephen Hawking
Bill Gates
Albert Einstein

Mother Theresa
Margaret Thatcher
Condaleezza Rice

Go forth, root 'em, shoot 'em, marry 'em.