July 24, 2005

Double Leaning Jowlers are as rare as hens teeth

Pass the Pigs. Ever play?

Two small dice-sized plastic pigs that you roll like dice. Depending on how they land, you score points. Kinda like barnyard craps, where you keep throwing until you pass the pigs or Pig Out and lose all your points for that turn. If the pigs touch after the throw, that's an Oinker and you go back to zero for the game. Pigs is clean.

And the pigs themselves are a marvel of engineering. They can land on their feet (called a Trotter for 5 points) or on their back (Razorback, also 5 points). Landing on their nose and front legs is a Snouter, worth a big 10, and occasionally you see a Leaning Jowler, where the pig balances on one front leg, his snout and an ear (15 points). Double 'em up and score big with Double Razorbacks or Double Snouters and the triple-20 of the pigs universe, the Double Leaning Jowler.

As rare as Double Leaning Jowlers are - I've seen four or five in my years of playing pigs, including tossing a couple of my own - the rarest positions are the ones you want to avoid. Piggyback is self-explanatory, and Makin' Bacon should be too. I've seen a couple Piggyback's, and only one Makin' Bacon. The penalty for throwing these is severe: immediate loss of the game. Like I said, pigs is clean.

So next time you're with friends, at home or it a bar, crack open a few beers (helluva drinking game) and introduce them to Pass the Pigs. You can find them at many toy and game stores (Spencer's Gifts used to sell them I know). *snicker* I should've know that Amazon would have them.

And if you wanna get a better idea of what I'm talking about, I found an online version that plays just like the real thing.

Heh, he said Makin' Bacon... heh heh.

Posted by Ted at July 24, 2005 10:15 AM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

LOL! This is my boys' favorite game when we visit my folk's. They have the game from when my sister was a kid. As soon as she walks in the door they're crazy about playing pigmania with her. Makin' bacon is a big joke in our house!

Posted by: Boudicca at July 24, 2005 08:44 PM

Like most things, this can be made into a drinking games. Unlike most things, this makes a particularly good drinking game.

I have had far too much fun playing this game.

Posted by: buckethead at July 25, 2005 11:42 AM

That game is so much fun! My wife bought it in the early years of us living together and we had countless hours of fun drinking and whippin' those porkers around.

Posted by: Oorgo at July 25, 2005 11:51 AM

Blast from the past!!! I've had Pass the Pigs twice in my life...my ex-wife kept the first one (major part of the settlement) and later my girlfriend turned psychopath absconded with my second. Me thinks it's time to track down the third!

Thanks to the Rocket for a great place to hang out!!!

Posted by: schirmdog at July 25, 2005 01:43 PM
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