OBJECTIVE OF NEVER HAVE I EVER: Be the last player with fingers up.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4+ players
MATERIALS: Your fingers, alcohol
TYPE OF GAME: Drinking
AUDIENCE: All Ages
INTRODUCTION TO NEVER HAVE I EVER
Never Have I Ever is a fun and intrusive drinking game which also goes by the name Ten Fingers. The game is verbal and for that reason reminiscent of childhood games, with a wet adult twist, booze. Players grab a drink and a spot in a circle with a group of friends or strangers and get to know each other a little better. This game typically incites fun stories, and players often target other players into admitting to something crazy or embarrassing that they have done.
Players hold up ten fingers. Starting with the youngest player, they declare “Never Have I Ever…,” admitting to something they have not done. Players who have done this thing put down a single finger and drinks. If no one puts their finger down, the player who called the Never Have I Ever must drink (this is an optional rule but, a fun one!).
Play passes to the left, they then declare something they have not done.
A variation on the game holds that if a player is drinking alone, they must recount the story of why they are drinking. This typically occurs when they are targeted
Players who have put down all their fingers must take several drinks at once, the amount of which is pre-determined before starting the game.
A common variant of this game is played in King’s Cup, in which players put up 3 or 5 fingers and the first person with all their fingers down drinks.
Another fun version of this game is I Have. This is basically the same game but played in reverse. Instead of saying, “Never Have I Ever…,” players say “I Have…,” followed by something they have done. If a player has not done that thing, they drink and put down a finger. This continues until all players have put all fingers down.