Bingo is a firm favourite game for many people across the world. Simple to pick up, it can be played by players of a wide range of ages, with the common goal in mind to match up numbers and hopefully get to the lucky jackpot.
But aside from watching those balls turn and waiting for those numbers, how else can you inject a little bit of life into bingo and make a whole lot more fun for everyone involved? Here are four suggestions that can hopefully help you do that.
Make Your Own Bingo Cards
How about setting up bingo in your own house and bringing a DIY feel to it? Having players design their own cards, from decorating them with fancy illustrations or keeping them to a theme, it’s a lot more fun that buying a plain black and white pack and waiting until the numbers get called.
Obviously you’ll need to work together to make sure the numbers are distributed randomly across each card but it needn’t be too complicated. Make sure you understand which rules you’ll be playing by too, the US and UK versions differ slightly in the way the lines or squares are filled.
Designate a Caller
Calling bingo or listening to the caller is one of the best things about the game. Playing at home gives you the chance to rotate the caller and designate a different person for each round.
The caller in bingo is the person who selects the balls and then announces to the rest of the players those that have been picked out. There is a certain style and fashion to the way you call, so giving each person the opportunity to role with a style that fits them is another great way to infuse a bit more excitement into the game.
Match Actions with Numbers
Another cool way of spicing up traditional bingo is to actually match particular actions with certain numbers. When a number is called all players involved in the game can then spring into life performing the agreed upon action.
Implementing some kind of penalty or dare element to those who miss the action brings a little suspense to bingo too. This often goes great with drinking but, if playing with the family for example, can be done with more silly, innocent things like dancing, acting like an animal or something else entertaining.
Injecting a little extra fun into bingo is one way of keeping this gaming classic fresh and interesting. It’s also your chance to be creative. Hopefully some of these ideas can help inspire you to put your own twist on it the next time you all sit down to play.