Everyone is always looking for a way to entertain their friends at parties, whether it’s indoors or an outdoor cookout. A popular game at many group get togethers I go to is horseshoes, but then there are problems with that game. If the weather is not nice it’s not really feasible to play the game. I mean do you really want someone trying to drive a horseshoe stake into the floor of your living room??? Also even in nice weather it can tear up your yard, especially if your group is not very good at the game. So, is there a solution? Yes, I have found a game called washeroos, which is the perfect replacement for horseshoes.
The version I have found includes two wooden boards placed about 10 feet apart from each other. One each board there are three holes drilled each one the same size one behind the other. The object of the game is toss a 3 inch metal washer into one of the holes. The closest hole is worth one point, the second hole is worth three points, and the last hole is worth five points. You can either play as individuals or as teams like you do with horseshoes. The trick with the game though is you have to hit 21 points exactly. If you go over 21 you have two ways you can play. Either you score no points for that round, or whatever points you get over 21 is subtracted from 21 and that is your (or your team’s if you are playing with teams) score. If both individuals or teams score exactly 21 on the same round, then you play one more round. The person or team with the highest score that round wins. If there is a tie again, you keep playing until one individual/team outscores the other in a round.
The great thing about this game is you can play indoors or out. If you are playing indoors and don’t have room to set up two boards you can play with one. There is no risk of damage with it just being three inch metal washers that are being tossed. This can be played outdoors as well. I would suggest if you are playing outdoors to set the boards on the grass which limits the risk of the washers bouncing out of the holes.
The game may sound very simple, and it is…. at least to learn. But due to the size of the holes and the size of the washers it’s not as easy as it looks. You need to master the ability to slide or bounce the washers into the holes as that is easier than tossing them directly into the holes. Overall this game does not take very long to play. Obviously it depends on the skill of the people playing but our average time when starting out was 15 to 20 minutes at the most. The boards are portable and can be used anywhere, it is a very popular game among college students and tailgaters!