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raps, rapsies
Pack of cards were held in a certain way at levels (e.g. at level 1, cards were held horizontally and staggered) and then rapped over opponents knuckles. Winner would be the one who had More…
reals, (play for... )
Play marbles where you keep the marbles you won afterwards. See also: keeps, keepsies =circa 1970's, UK (NE)
red rover
Popular game where two teams face each other in lines across the tarmac, one member of each team in turn running across and trying to force past the linked hands of the opposing team. More…
red-arse
One student acts as a target by bending over, his 'arse' being the target that the remaining students then attempt to turn 'red' by kicking a football or similar in that direction. The More…
releasies
(ed: Jim sent in the following introduction to the game. I think we need a bit more info about the rules etc, so if anyone can remember playing 'releasies', let us know?) - entered More…
relievo
Game like tiggy but with the addition of the 'relievo' post. If you got captured you had to stay in contact with the post until one of your team mates came to rescue you by tigging you, More…
rollerball
Two teams threw a tennis ball to each other attempting to throw it into the opposing goal. Possesion of the ball invited a good kicking. =UK (W)
root
Used when playing games involving dice, in order to supposedly throw a high number, a loud alternative to blowing into your hand. The practice can get out of hand in games such as Risk, More…
rubber match
Third game of a series in sports after each competing has won one game. (ed: well ok not exactly slang but what the hell), =circa 1920's onwards, UK, USA
rugeley
Surreal and rather violent game of Rugby played often with more than one ball. Involved basically kicking the shit out of everyone and everything. Was usually played on a football pitch to More…
runno
Basically a variation on British Bulldog. This game was played in all four primary schools I attended in four corners of the UK during the 1960s. In some schools it was called RUNNO. More…