Credit goes to njotis and epidilius. I’m mostly combining their two ways of playing.
What you’ll need: three to four cases of beer (Pawns of the Secret Order), a bottle of liqueur (the King), a sturdy table, various objects to stand upon, and a large room for gameplay.
Objective: Reach the King first, kill him, and become a True American.
Set up: Arrange the Pawns of the Secret Order around the King in a radial spoke pattern directed away from the King. One spoke for each of the four Zones.
This arrangement is called the Castle. Next decide upon four Zones in the room, and arrange platforms around them (chairs, buckets, anything). Create one additional Zone around the table where the Castle is—this is the fifth Zone. Zones one through four should have at least one platform that leads to the fifth Zone.
You can do team or free for all play. If you choose free for all, chanting is done in a set player rotation. If you choose team play, only person on your team has to reach the finish. Chanting in teams is done on team rotation, with team members swapping the chant.
To choose teams, count down from three, and on zero raise your right hand to your forehead, displaying a number from one to five. Anyone with the same number is one your team.
To start, someone shotguns a beer. This person chants first.
Rules: The first chanter yells out “one, two, three, four, JFK!” Everyone else responds “FDR!” drinks, and gets off the floor. The floor is now lava. If you step onto the floor, you lose. You can either start at the beginning of the Zone you are in, or sit out the rest of the game. If you choose to sit out, but later would like to rejoin, you must start over by shotguning a beer (not from the Castle). While said person shotguns, other players may pelt them with tennis balls, pillows or other non-lethal objects until the beer is finished.
When people respond “FDR!” and get off the floor, it is done in a completely random manner. It does not matter which Zone you are in.
The person/team who is next to chant may do one of four things:
1) They may chant the name of two presidents. If you know something of common between the two, you may chant it back and drink. And example of this would be “Abe Lincoln, George Washington” and the chant response being “cherry tree.” Anyone who yelled back can drink, and then they may attempt to reach the castle (without falling into the lava), capture a Pawn from the spoke, and return to their original spot. If you don’t know anything in common, you don’t get to drink and capture a Pawn. The chanter always drinks.
2) You may chant the beginning of a famous historical American quote. When this happens, the other players may chant back the rest of the quote. An example of this would be “The only thing we have to fear” “is fear itself!” If you can chant back the rest of the quote, you may drink, but no one moves forward unless you finish your drink.
3) Players may also chant “one, two three.” If this happens, do the number selection again. If your number is unique, you may attempt to capture a Pawn and then return to your previous location.
4) The last option is to chant “JFK!” and everyone else chants “FDR!” and drinks. No moving forward, unless you finish your drink.
A player may hold only two captured Pawns at a time. A player holding two Pawns may not move further on the board until they kill a captured Pawn. Upon killing a Pawn (finishing a drink), a player may then move forward on the board.
All empty Pawns are to be tossed to the same Zone. This is to keep the area somewhat clean. If a person throws an empty Pawn to the wrong Zone, go back to the beginning of the Zone you are in. You can use a bin as a target. Cans do not have to go in.
When the last Pawn in a Zone has been captured, players in that Zone may start moving towards the fifth Zone so that they may attack the King.
If you reach the King, you have to take a drink from the King to win. If you cannot, go back to the beginning of your Zone.
If you move or drink when you’re not supposed to, go back to the beginning of the Zone you’re in.
Players are encouraged to lie to each other. Good luck and have fun.