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I played this very frequently in college (and still play it a little to this day). Our version is pretty different and a lot more ritualized in many ways. But the core of the basic play is represented here. As the game, when I learned it, centered around a specific group there were rules and specific statements which had to do with the history of the group and wouldn't be found here. Those alone could cost you a lot of drinks. And, naturally, we had several princes and some which couldn't even be played all the time. [me drinks for explaining the rules] It was great fun and a miss it... I can't wait till I get back down to the campus and play with some alumni. I should start it up locally. It's actually a very fun game and extremely challenging to learn. Especially since you learn most of the rules only half-way and while drunk...
Posted by frob23 Send frob23 a private message Leave a public comment for frob23 2007-02-19 00:00:56

At Penn State years ago we used to allow counting in multiples to be added. For example, if there were 6 players, the accuser could say "I accuse 15," which would be the same as "I accuse 3." The accuser simply went around the table two extra times by calling a number greater than 6. We also said, "Neh" instead of "No." And, the person who was accused keeps the play going. For example, if I am player #2 and I am accused, I could say, "Neh, 4 who".. which would mean "no" and I accuse the 4th player beyond me.
Posted by Anonymous 2006-08-09 00:00:00

I've played this game for years, but we play slightly different. We play a few different ways. The normal starts: "Whales tales, prince of wales, in this game of regular tales calls for an orderly count." At which point the prince (caller) points with his elbow (it is a foul to point with a finger) at the first person in the group. They call out One. He then points at everyone else in succession as each calls out a number, finishing with himself. At this point, he calls out another number. That person must respond "Nay" at which point the prince (or later the accusor) responds "Who" the accused replies with either a different number, "You" (in referring to the accusor) or even "Me" (refering to himself). At this point, the person (number, you, me) called must start again with "nay" and the game goes from there. There is also a relative game (whales tales, prince of wales in this game of relative tales) in which the players numbers change in relation to who is the accusor. There is also wondering relative tales in which the rules are the same as relative but people can move in the circle. However, by moving, their number stays the same as if they were still standing in their regular starting position. This game is by far the most challenging. All games can also be played in 'reverse'.
Posted by Anonymous 2006-02-14 00:00:00

My dad and all his friends play this game all the time. I thought they made it up or something. It's so confusing. haha
Posted by Anonymous 2005-11-07 00:00:00
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