11th October 2007

Zoom, Schwartz, Pafigliano

One of the most fun, yet complicated drinking games out there… Not complicated because it requires any sort of physical skill, it doesn’t… Its the mental requirement that causes one’s downfall in this game.

The game begins by one person saying ‘Zoom’ to another. A ‘Zoom’ is like the ‘serve’ in the game of tennis – it gets the game started. Once ‘Zoom’ is said, the only two people that are allowed to say anything are the person that said Zoom (The ‘Zoomer’) and the person that he said Zoom to (the ‘Zoomie’).

At this point the person that was ‘Zoomed’ has three choices:

  1. He may say ‘Schwarz’ back to the person that ‘Zoomed’ him.
  2. He may say ‘Pafigliano’ to anyone except the person that ‘Zoomed’ him.
  3. He may say ‘Zoom’ to anyone except the person that ‘Zoomed’ him.

If he says ‘Schwarz’, the person he responded to is presented with the same three choices as above – He may either ‘Schwarz’ him back, or say ‘Zoom’ or ‘Pafigliano’ to somebody else.

If he says ‘Pafigliano’, this counts as an ‘indirect schwarz’. It is treated as if the said ‘schwarz’.

If he says ‘Zoom’, the game continues with the new ‘Zoomer’ and ‘Zoomie’ – the person that was Zoomed must respond with one of the three options presented above.

So where’s the drinking element? Well this comes up when a someone makes a mistake… This happens when a person who has been ‘Pafiglianoed’ answers back for example, someone who has been ‘Schwartzed’ doesn”t answer, or when no response is made in an adequate amount of time (up to your discretion of course)… Drinking rules should be made before the game, i.e. for every mistake you owe 2 seconds of drinking, quarter of a beer, half a beer, etc…

For a quick recap a ‘Zoom’ initiates, ‘Pafigliano’ is a fake, ‘Schwartz’ keeps the dialogue going between the same two people…

Now, since I know this might be a little hard to follow (Just imagine after a few drinks how confusing this can be) I will run through a brief example:

#1 —–ZOOM—–> #2 (Player #2 Must Repsond)
#2 —-SCHWARZ—> #1 (Player #1 Must Repsond)
#1 —-SCHWARZ—> #2 (Player #2 Must Repsond)
#2 —-SCHWARZ—> #1 (Player #1 Must Repsond)
#1 –PAFIGLIANO–> #3 (Player #2 Must Repsond)
#2 —-SCHWARZ—> #1 (Player #1 Must Repsond)

#2 —–ZOOM—–> #3 (Player #3 Must Repsond)
#3 —-SCHWARZ—> #2 (Player #2 Must Repsond)
#2 —-SCHWARZ—> #3 (Player #3 Must Repsond)
#3 —–ZOOM—–> #1 (Player #1 Must Repsond)

Pretty easy right?

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