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Thumper Drinking Game

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Thumper Drinking Game

Thumper Drinking Game: What to Expect

Thumper is a very high-energy social game that works really well for large groups of people.  It is not competitive, it is very easy to learn, and it is very interactive. It also requires next to nothing in the way of set-up!  All of these things make it very popular—especially with drinkers who do not particularly enjoy more competitive games such as Beer Pong and Four Corners.  Round up your drinking crew and brush up on your upper-body dance moves—it’s time for some Thumper!

What You Need:

  • 5+ people (the more, the merrier)
  • Beer

Pick Your Move!

Can you believe an awesome game can be played with just your people and your beer?! Well, it’s true. 

Now that we have everything we need, go ahead and sit in a circle with your crew (this can be at a table or on the floor).  You will go around the circle one-by-one, and each person will demonstrate a motion.  Pay close attention—this motion will represent the person for the rest of the game!  Motions can be anything from flipping the bird to “wiping the dirt off your shoulder” to grabbing your chest!  It just needs to be quick and unique from all other players’ motions.

Once you have gone around the circle and allowed each player to show off his/her motion (giving other players the opportunity to memorize each motion), we are ready to go!

What’s the Name of the Game?

Once we are ready to go, all players will begin “thumping” the ground/table.  Don’t worry—you won’t injure yourself.  You can do as little as quickly alternating hitting the top of your left and right hands on the table/ground.  There is no functional purpose for this—it just gets everyone started and makes a cool sound!

Once everyone starts thumping the table, a player who has volunteered to start the game will initiate a chant that all other players respond to.  It goes as follows:

Starter: “What’s the name of the game?”

Everyone else: “Thumper!!”

Starter: “Why do we play?!”

Everyone else: “To get f*cked up!!”

Once the chant is complete, the starter makes his motion and then the motion of another player (we’ll call him John). When John sees his motion made, he must do his motion and then the motion of another player (we’ll call her Sarah).  Sarah will then complete her motion, followed by the motion of another player, etc.

This is repeated until someone screws up.  Screwing up could be pausing for several seconds after someone else makes your motion, it could be attempting (and messing up) another player’s motion, or it could be freezing up and failing to quickly do another person’s motion after yours.

Once someone screws up, they have to drink and then become the new starter.

As the new starter, they will begin the thumping and chant.  Once the chant is completed, they do their own motion and another player’s motion.  The game continues in this manner over and over for as long as everyone want to play!

Try it Out!

How to Play Thumper Drinking Game


Yep, that’s really all there is to this one!  In spite of how simple Thumper is, it is incredibly fun. It is a great way to break the ice with large groups.  It makes a great pre-game activity, and gets even more hilarious as people get tipsy, gestures get more obscene, and memories slip a bit. 

Want to share Thumper with friends?  Click one of the Social Graphic icons below to share the post and infographic with friends on on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!

We hope you are able to try this out at your next pre-game!  As always, please drink responsibly and have a great time!

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