Drinking Game: The Hunger Games Ring Of Fire

Hunger Games

One of my most popular posts remains the Harry Potter Ring of Fire rules.  They’re a great set of rules which originated on Facebook and they remain popular with our group of friends.  Since I’m a bookish sort (in case you hadn’t noticed) who’s been known to play a drinking game or three, I thought it was about time I came up with a bookish drinking game of my own.  I give you – The Hunger Games Ring of Fire!

The Hunger Games Ring of Fire

You’ll need: 1 deck of cards, a shot glass and 1 empty glass or jug. Each player will also need a drink of their choice.
To set up: Place the empty glass or jug in the middle of the floor or table. Spread the cards face down around it, but hold the joker off to one side for now.

The premise: This is the same principle as regular ring of fire with a Hunger Games inspired twist.  Each card has a meaning, take turns drawing the cards and acting out their meanings until all four kings have been drawn, which is when the game ends.

The rules:

A (District 1) – Assassination attempt

District 1 tributes are often Career tributes.  They’ve trained for the games, they’ll stop at nothing to win and they know strategy is key.  If you draw an Ace, you can make an assassination attempt on any other player.
How: Drink up to three fingers of your drink and nominate a player of your choice – they have to drink double.

2 (District 2) – Watch each others’ backs

In The 74th Hunger Games, the Career tributes (led by Cato, one of the District 2 tributes) form a pack to watch each other’s backs.  If you draw a 2, you get the opportunity to form a partnership with someone else  – not that it’s likely to help you much! These DO stack, so you can pick someone who’s already formed a pair, but they don’t mean you get to share if you draw the last king!
How: Pick another player. When you drink, they drink, and when they drink, you drink!

3 (District 3) – Electrical Charge

Inspired by Beetee, District 3’s card places an electrical charge on the game that will double the next card drawn (i.e. for a drink penalty twice as much needs to be drunk, for a 2 the player picks two mates etc).
How: Place your 3 down face-up, and flip it over when the charge has been used up.  The next card drawn will now be doubled.  If the next card can’t be doubled (e.g. Rebel Rules, Questionmaster, Mockingjay or the King) the charge remains active until the next appropriate card.

4 (District 4) – Finnick Odair

Finnick is a bit of a gossip, and he knows how to hoard information.  For this round, inspired by him you’ll be playing I’ve never, gathering secrets of your own!
How: Everyone holds up four fingers to represent their four lives.  Each player takes a turn to ask an ‘I’ve never’ question.  If you’ve done it, you lose a life – place a finger down and drink a finger’s worth of your drink.  This round ends when the first person loses all four lives, and must take an extra drink as penalty!

5 (District 5) – Poison Berries

Foxface was killed by eating berries she didn’t recognise as poisionous.  Hopefully, you’re better at spotting poison, because you’re about to be tested!
How: Whoever draws the five must leave the room.  The remaining players will make you one shot (of no more than 3 ingredients).  You can sniff it, sip it or down it in one, but you need to drink the whole thing and try and guess the ingredients.  You get five guesses, and for each ingredient you can’t guess, drink a finger’s worth of your drink.

6 (District 6) – Morphlings

The morphlings in Catching Fire are pretty good at making links (even if they aren’t always clear!).  For this round, you’re going to test your own association skills by playing categories
How: The player who draws a 6 chooses a category (e.g. Pokemon) and names one thing that fits (in this case, Pikachu would work).  Play then continues on in a circle with each player naming something that fits until someone gets stuck.  The player to break the run takes a finger’s worth of their drink.

7 (District 7) – Johanna Mason

Johanna Mason loves to get a reaction, and one of her preferred ways to do that is taking her clothes off!  For this round, you’ll either make like Johanna or pay a penalty!
How: Either take off an item or drink three fingers of your drink.  (Just to clarify, shoes, socks, jewellery, ties etc do not count!)  You can’t do the same action on two sevens in a row, so if you drank on the last round, you can’t do it again on the next one!

8 (District 8) – Rebel Rules

District 8 was the first district to rebel, and they’ve clearly had enough of The Capitol’s rules.  This is your chance to improve the rules: whoever draws an 8 gets to make a rule of their own!
How: Make a rule (anything from banning the word drink to making everyone take the name of the player on their left).  Anyone who forgets the rule has to take a drink.  Your rule will stay active until the next 8 is drawn.

9 (District 9) – Question Master

We know virtually nothing about District 9, but presumably they still know plenty about the other districts.  Whoever draws a 9 will become the Question Master until the next 9 is drawn and the title is handed over.
How: You must not answer a question from the Question Master – even one as simple as ‘Who’s go is it?!”  If you answer it, you drink.  If you ignore it, neither of you pays a penalty.  If you respond to a question with “If we burn, you burn with us”, the Question Master has to drink.

10 (District 10) – Catching Fire

Again a district we know virtually nothing about, so round ten is a simple one – shots all around!
How: Whoever draws the 10 is going to start a Mexican wave of shots (that way you can check no one cheats!) which goes all the way around the circle once.

Jack (District 11) – Mockingjay – repeat previous card

District’s 11 card is the Mockingkay, a nod to Rue; the District 11 tribute it’s impossible not to love.
How: The Mockingjay repeats whichever card was drawn immediately before itself.

Queen (District 12) – I volunteer as tribute!

One of the most iconic phrases from the whole series is Katniss’ “I volunteer as tribute”.  A Queen allows you the opportunity to do the same, and to step in front of someone else when they’re nominated for either assassination attempt, pick a mate or poison berries.  This card lasts until the game ends, but if you don’t play it (even if you didn’t get the opportunity!) there’s a penalty of three shots.
How: After someone has been nominated for Assassination Attempt, Watch Each Others’ Backs or Poison Berries, play your Queen to take their place instead.

King (The Capitol) – May The Odds Be Ever in Your Favour

The Capitol set up The Hunger Games, but they’re at no risk.  Not quite so in The Hunger Games Ring of Fire.  The Kings set up the deathly centre, but they don’t guarantee your safety….
How:  If you draw one of the first three kings, pour some of your own drink in the central jug.  If you draw the last king, the odds clearly weren’t in your favour: down the lot!

Inspired by…Catching Fire

One of the most talked about elements of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, (once you’ve finished comparing it to the book of course!) is the amazing work the costume designers have done.  One of the most anticipated costumes, and one of the most iconic moments in the film, is Katniss’ white wedding dress, and the moment it burns to reveal something spectacular underneath…

For both of these looks, I’ve chosen to focus on the moment when Katniss twirls, and her dress is mid-change.  For the base of both outfits, I’ve chosen a short black and white ombre skirt to represent the flames eating the bottom of Katniss’ dress.  This isn’t a true representation, as both of Katniss’ dresses are long, but this is a much more workable length I think!

Although I’ve chosen to go in two different directions with the same skirt, I’ve also included a Cinna necklace in both, since “Cinna must be behind whatever is happening“.  The dress is a really bold, brave move by Cinna and I wanted to highlight his importance in a small way.


Look 1

For look one, I’ve stuck with the feminine vibe given off by the skirt.  A white top with lace details is vaguely reminiscent of Katniss’ ornate white wedding dress. A flying bird bracelet, although not a mockingjay, is a small nod to the moment Katniss spreads her wings.  A structured black blazer keeps the top of the outfit slim and flattering rather than overly voluminous.


Look 2

For this second look, I’ve gone with elements that remind me of a more glamorous (and less practical) take on Katniss’ arena outfits.  A simple white top with a zipped pocket looks almost practical, and almost like something Katniss could wear to training.  High heeled lace up boots are fierce and combine with the (faux) leather jacket to contrast against the feminine skirt.  Add the all important mockingjay in the form of a chunky bracelet, and you’re ready to go!


Which outfit do you prefer? Look 2 is definitely my favourite, because I love those boots and I can never resist a leather jacket!

Inspired by…The Hunger Games

I had intended to post an Inspired by…House Lannister post for today, following up on my Inspired by…House Stark post.  After watching the Hunger Games film this week though, I couldn’t resist focusing on Katniss’ reaping and interview outfits instead.

The Reaping

the reapingDress | Nail Varnish | Bow and arrow necklace | Mockingjay pin | Flats

On the day of The Reaping, when tributes for The Hunger Games are chosen, everyone wears their nicest clothes. For Katniss, from District 12, this doesn’t mean flashy jewellery but a simple, classy dress. This denim button-down dress, with nude flats, reflects Katniss’ simple style. A Mockingjay pin, like the one Katniss gives to Prim, and a bow and arrow necklace to hint at Katniss’ skill, tie the dress back into The Hunger Games theme.

The Girl on Fire

girl on fireNecklace | Earrings | Hair clips | Dress | Shoes

This second outfit is a great look for a night out, though the links to The Hunger Games are a bit more subtle.  A red, one shoulder dress is a bold but easy choice for a night out (and much more wearable than the floor length dress Katniss wears!). Black glitter shoes, fire-opal earrings and the phoenix necklace, hint back to the coal mining, and the referral to Katniss as ‘the girl on fire’. Bird hair clips for holding up an updo like Katniss’ are a discreet nod back to the Mockingjay.

Which look do you prefer? I love The Reaping look, but I’m more likely to wear The Girl on Fire look I think!

Hopefully my House Lannister post will make it up next Thursday, though I have to admit my mind is running a bit crazy with ideas at the moment!

30 Days of books: Days 1 & 2

No one seems to know where the 30 Days of Books really originated, but I first found it on Biblioteca.  I’ll be answering a few questions at a time in each post so as to avoid clogging the whole page with responses.  Here’s Day 1 & 2.

Day 1: The best book you read last year

I struggled with this at first, since I read a lot of great books – and I wasn’t helped by the fact I didn’t record any of my reading choices last year!

Although I loved both The Hunger Games trilogy and A Clash of Kings (once I got into it!) I think my favourite would have to be Dragon Keeper.


Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

I admit it – I have no objections to re-reading, and do it alot! I re-read when I’m likely to be interrupted a lot, like on a plane journey, or when I’m feeling crappy and want a comfort read, or when I’m bored and too broke to buy any more…you get the idea.  So there are a lot of books I’ve read more than three times! A few examples:

Top Ten Tuesday: If you liked… you might enjoy….

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers.  This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books For People Who Like X Book”.

I didn’t want to pick just one book, because what fun is that as a reader if you happened to hate it? Or have never heard of it?!  Instead, I’ve picked a few different books and offered readalikes for each.

Each link is to the first book of the series, and all descriptions are from Goodreads.com.

If you liked….

You might like
1.The Uglies Quartet: Uglies / Pretties / Specials / Extras by Scott Westerfield
Tally can’t wait to turn sixteen and become Pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from a repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time.

In just a few weeks, Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend, Shay, isn’t sure she wants to be Pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world – and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worse choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

2. The Divergent Trilogy: Divergent / Insurgent / TBR by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

3. The Delirium Trilogy: Delirium / Pandemonium / Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

If you liked….

You might like
1.Wizard’s First Rule: Sword of Truth #1 by Terry Goodkind
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them–for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword–to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

2. The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin’s Apprentice / Royal Assassin / Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribbing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

3.The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy / Queen of Sorcery / Magician’s Gambit / Castle of Wizardry / Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings
Long ago, so the storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion over all and drove the world to war. Now the one talisman keeping this sinister force from seizing power has been disturbed—and no one will be safe. . . .

Raised on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, Garion spends his days lounging in his aunt’s warm kitchen and playing in the surrounding fields with his friends. He has never believed in magic, despite the presence of a cloaked, shadowless stranger who has haunted him from a distance for years. But one afternoon, the wise storyteller Wolf appears and urges Garion and his aunt to leave the farm that very night. Without understanding why, Garion is whisked away from the only home he has ever known—and thrown into dark and unfamiliar lands.

Thus begins an extraordinary quest to stop a reawakened evil from devouring all that is good. It is a journey that will lead Garion to discover his heritage and his future. For the magic that once seemed impossible to Garion is now his destiny.

If you liked….

You might like
1.The Study Trilogy: Poison Study / Magic Study / Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

2. Bitten: The Women of the Otherworld Series #1 by Kelley Armstrong
Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She’s also a werewolf.

Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.

3. Dead Until Dark: The Southern Vampire Mysteries (a.k.a. True Blood novels) #1 by Charlaine Harris – Please look past the POOR goodreads description!
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out…. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

If you liked….

You might like
1.The Penelopiad: by Margaret Atwood
In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope–wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy–is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumors, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and–curiously–twelve of her maids.

In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids, asking: “What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?” In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the story-telling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality–and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.