There are doubtless many variations to be found on the Internet, but in celebration of the show's return to TV1 last night, a bunch of us played with the following rules, which we made up ourselves:
The primary part of the game is a simple guess at the valuation, with the person farthest away from the correct price drinking.
All participants drink if any of the following things occur or are said:
- A translation is given for the Asian language read from the bottom of porcelain.
- Polite British surprise expressed a la C3PO. (Polite swearing = 2 drinks)
- Open disagreement over valuation.
- Oiks with highly expensive items. (Scousers = 2 drinks)
- Extreme accents that are hard to follow (except Welsh).
- Annoying laugh.
- Served royalty.
- Item bought by a relative who was a sailor (excluding scrimshaw).
- Bought in a car boot sale.
- "That's interesting, I have another at home."
- Pre-1500 (except Peruvian).
- A personal letter to that person as a child from A.A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, or E.H. Shepard.
- Iconic U.S. toy made in Germany.
- "Did you play with it as a child?"
- Object irretrievably damaged by owner through stupidity.
These are the rules we played with last night -- suggestions for new conditions to add next time included "poorly disguised disappointment at the valuation" and "appears Japanese but actually made in China"/"appears Chinese but actually made in Japan"/"appears Asian but actually made in Britain".