A guide to curling in the comfort of your own home

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Curling distinguishes itself from many other Winter Olympics events in being something people can imagine actually playing (even watching aerials feels painful sometimes).

For many, it remains little more than a thought. After all, it’s not so easy for everyone to track down a heavy stone made in an uninhabited Scottish island and an appropriate rink to curl on.

An enterprising reddit user came up with a way to play the game in a way that echoes beer pong and other dormitory games. Here’s a look at how the untitled game (random suggestion: table curling?) plays out:

There’s even a list of rules:

  • First to 5 points wins.
  • Only 2 shot glasses per team
  • It’s just like standard curling so whichever team gets the most “stones” closest to the center wins that many stones
  • You can’t throw past the top of the circle when releasing the stone to the other side. (We later created a dotted line on the tops of each circle)
  • If the shot glass tips over then it is considered a “No Stone” and is placed off to the side. There is no “do over”.
  • If the brush hits the “stone” then it is considered a “No Stone”
  • The 2 red solo cups shown on the video are kept in place there and can’t be moved. (We traced 2 circles around the cups)
  • The person brushing can’t hover over the table (The water can change the game)
  • Just like regular curling, you can attempt to take out the other “Stones”

They might just be onto something.

The question is: who will become your friend group’s Liu Rui?

(H/T to Fourth Place Medal.)