The verbal game?is started with the players getting into a circle. Then, the first player says a simple statement starting with “Never have I ever”. Anyone who has done what the first player has not must drink.?Play then continues around the circle, and the next person makes a statement.?An additional rule ? uncommon, but beneficial to the game ? is

that if there is no one taking a drink, then the one who said the particular “I have never?” must take a drink. This rule often forces the players to strategize more and makes for less disposable/pointless suggestions.

A further variation holds that whenever only one person is drinking, that person must give a detailed account of why they are drinking.