Bingo might be something that you imagine your grandmother doing but the fact of the matter is that it’s becoming popular at parties.
Different styles of bingo games are becoming more ubiquitous and might just overtake beer pong for the top spot. Here are just some of the bingo party games you could find yourself playing this semester.
Getting to Know You bingo is a great icebreaker for new students, as you can share your experiences. What you need for this game is a 5 x 5 grid for each player and some markers. Fill the grid with interests, hobbies and experiences. This could be anything from where they studied previously, their favorite albums or what kind of classes they have taken.
As you play through the game, participants take turns to mark off the squares that are relevant to them. It’s a group activity and you can ask people to elaborate about their experiences to learn more. This is exactly the kind of game you need if you’re moving into a new dorm or even just into a new class. Introducing yourself can be a bit scary at times but you can use this game to make it a bit more fun.
If you’re a savvy tech user then you might enjoy hosting a party in which you play bingo online. Just ask everyone to bring a tablet or smartphone and you can all access a site. There are loads of new bingo sites with updates and promotions for 2017 that make them more appealing to the college audience. You can even put some trashy television on in the background to keep it exciting for everyone concerned.
Bingo sites are fun but this next version of the game is sure to let out your inner party monster. Students at Bryant University have been hosting their own bingo nights with prizes that any student would love. They’re peeling themselves away from their Xboxes and PCs to come together on campus for bingo parties. This social aspect is key to their enjoyment of the game and it allows some otherwise antisocial players to make friends.
Instead of cash prizes, these students are facing off against one another to get perks and privileges. Things like parking spots, tutoring and even groceries are prizes in these games. As college students, we all know how handy these prizes could turn out. The tickets are cheap and it keeps students on campus under supervision, rather than out causing havoc.
Bingo is also being used as a bridge for some college students, like the ones at University at Buffalo. They host a regular Drag Queen Bingo Night for their students, many of whom have never met these types of performers before. Their ethos is that hate for different people comes from ignorance and they want their students to be as educated as possible.
As you can imagine, these bingo nights are some of the most glamorous events on campus. Drag queens pour in from all over the state to host and help out, with the spirit of inclusion in mind. They even raise money for charities in the area and to help students in need of a bit of extra prize money. It’s an all-around feel good affair that’s changing how we think about bingo games.
These are just some of the alternative ways that you can use this game of chance to your advantage. Set up a society or just host a party to bring the fun of bingo onto your campus, your fellow students might just thank you for it.