Asshole is a popular, but more complex and competitive turn based card drinking game. Your position each round yields to an initial pre-game advantage or disadvantage , and positions are won by getting rid of your cards the fastest. All of the players spread out and sit around a surface where cards can be played. The dealer equally disperses the cards amongst the players. If you've already played a round and players have positions, the card exchanges would take place before the first turn. Turns : The President begins the game with the first turn, followed by the Vice President, then the middle of the pack people, and finally the Vice-Asshole and Asshole.
A drinking and card game, Asshole sounds a bit complicated at first, but is actually quite simple. The goal is to get rid of all cards in a hand as quick as possible. To begin playing, the players must all create a hierarchy. Usually something along the lines of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, etc.
This sounds complicated, but really it's not. Deal the entire deck. Whoever has the 3 of Clubs starts the first game.
In Australia it is often called Warlords and Scumbags , perhaps because the politician Paul Keating once famously used the word "scumbag" to describe his opponents. The game has recently spread throughout the Western world, especially among young people, but is probably of Chinese origin. In games of this type which I call climbing games , each player in turn can either pass or play a card or combination which beats the previous play, and the usual object is to get rid of all one's cards as soon as possible. Such games have been known in the West only since the 's, but there are many of them in China, perhaps the most famous being Zheng Shangyou. As the game has spread, numerous variations have developed.