More European – the games we play

The drinking games we have are many a splurge, however it is a different kettle of fish for the UK as Germany. In some parts of the UK you have every third pub with a pool table and older ones with darts boards. Here pool is kinda segregated to the half serious pool/snooker halls (Spielzentrum). Knocking down a pint as you knock in some balls is defo an English past time. I grew up with snooker, but once I had a pint to quaff I moved on to the faster table sport. The game played on tables here is more table football (Fußball), a game I like but not in a pub no idea why. 
I have, as I said last month, got more into dice games in German pubs. When I was first here it was bluff, but now the more complex “42 -18”, which to me has an element of chance and strategy like poker. The rules are complex and there is a local who associates a weird ritual with his luck;

thanking for the cig ,and thanking for the drink I thank my dear lord for my four (whatever dice roll he needs)

“ich Danke der Liebe Gott für meine ….”

The game involves shots and drinking a fair bit, but is also good fun and not hard to pick up. The other thing I have really got my teeth into is the great array of board and card games that are released here by the likes of the firms Kosmos, Hans in Glück and Ravensburger. I was never a big board game player in the UK beyond Chess. I have also started playing GO after seeing it featured in the film “A beautiful mind” starring Russell Crowe. There is even a games pub in Leipzig called Triangel. You would never get so many of in the UK: A games room, and lounge in traditional English pubs sure. This would be only for darts and pool, maybe dominoes at a stretch.

I have also noted that Poker and chess seem to be more popular in the UK, although they are on the rise here. Something I also discovered is that there is a sub culture of role players, as in Dungeons and Dragons gamers in both the UK and Germany, also the games like World of Warcraft and Oblivion seem to be equally popular in the UK and Germany, something I prefer to shooter games or Wii, playstation etc.




A native Brit, Stewart is from the East Midlands. He has worked all over England and has been in Germany since 2002. Through working with the youth and the disabled he has been able to fine tune his communication skills. A Cambridge qualified (CELTA/LCCI CerTEB) instructor of English as a Foreign Language, he also has experience as a copy editor/ proof reader specializing in Higher Education and Business English. He assists established companies & local English trainers (LELTA) in optimizing their platforms, markets & copy (texts). With a Bachelors degree in English & Art, he brings diverse skills within a broad palette to his academic courses, an English speakers community (So Social Club) & an art project (Lebenskunstler). Not only focusing on creative expression but exemplary use of language.


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