Halloween Activity: Build a Better Beer Pong

Full disclosure: I was on the fence about whether or not the challenge I see in this activity would work, then I saw this and decided it was meant to be.


Ubiquitous to college campuses, but once a seriously debated practice here in Oxford, it is rare to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of Beer Pong (also known as Beirut) .

Perhaps it’s just the theory nut in me, but I have always thought that if you remove the alcohol, beer pong is a sub-par game. Here are some sets of rules:

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Essentially, there are cups and there are ping pong balls. You try to toss the balls into the cups.

Remember when I told you all that the ball in a cup was the most basic game ever? This is… not much different.

So here’s my challenge to you: as a class, we will have one staging area, but I’d like for you in teams of however large (all of you, split in half, by current team… however you want to do it) to re-imagine this game based on what we’ve learned so far this semester.

Whoever comes up with the most enjoyable, playable re-version of Beirut that doesn’t need alcohol to be “fun”—modifying as you see fit—based on both my opinion (50%) and the opinions of your peers in class (50%) will receive points equal to three blog posts to replace missing earlier blogs or to buy your way out of future ones.  You’ll also win sweet, sweet bragging rights!

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