• Twitter based drinking game – 21Shots

    by  • November 6, 2011 • Projects • 0 Comments

    Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as “tweets”.

    When started, Twitter was a micro-blogging platform. In just under 5 years, with 200 million users, Twitter has been used for so many things that you can start a trending topic just to list them (Heres a top 10 list).

    One day, my friend sent me a message on Google Talk – “yo i need kailashjr to support a drinking game”.

    And so it began.

    @21Shots is a completely Twitter based drinking game.


    How it works:

    1. To start off the game, Tweet #start followed by a list of user to @21Shots. For example “@21Shots #start @user1 @user2 @user3
    2. 21Shots will decide if the game should be till 11 or 21 depending on the number of players.
    3. Players are sorted in to a random order and 21Shots will Tweet all of the users letting them know the game has started and the format for the responses – “game 10 started! 1st to 11 wins! Wait 4 ur turn. eg. ‘@21shots 3 ur msg'”
    4. After this, 21Shots will Tweet the user first in queue “@user1 ur turn. pick 1, 2 or 3 (sum = 0) game 10″
    5. The user will then reply “@21shots 3 i’m gonna kick your butt” In this case, 3 was the number picked and “i’m gonna kick your butt” is the message that wil be shown to the next user.
    6. 21Shots will then Tweet the next user “@user2 pick 1, 2 or 3 (sum = 3) game 10 msg: i’m gonna kick your butt”
    7. This goes on until the sum is 11 (or 21 depending on the game), in which case the winner is announced and losers take shots – “Game over! @user3  won! Drink up @user2, @user3(game 10)”
    Of course, this is all automated. I wrote a 21Shots “server” application that reads and handles all of the game play and Tweeting. Unfortunately, I have to be running my for the application to be working and running the games, so this was a very small scale, for-friends, for-fun experiment more than anything.

    However, by creating this, we were able to use Twitter as something much more than a micro-blogging service. We were able to create a fun drinking game which people from anywhere in the world could play against other distant Tweeters.


    If you would like to try out 21Shots please send me an email so I can it set up for you.

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