Pog is a game which was popular during the 90s. The word "pog" also refers to the discs used to play the game. The name originates from POG, a brand of juice made from passionfruit, orange and guava. Before the game they would use POG bottle caps to play the game pre-dated the game's commercialization. The game of pogs possibly originated in Hawaii in the 1920s or 1930s, or possibly with origins in a game from much earlier: Menko, a Japanese card game very similar to pogs, has been in existence since the 17th century. Pogs returned to popularity when the World POG Federation and the Canada Games Company reintroduced them to the public in the 1990s. The pog fad soared in the 1990s before rapidly fading out.
Rules may vary among players, but the game variants generally have common gameplay features. Each player has their own collection of pogs and a slammer (a heavier game piece). Before the game, players decide whether to play 'for keeps', or not. 'For keeps' implies that the players keep the POGs that they win and forfeit those that have been won by other players. The game can then begin as followed:
1. The players each contribute an equal number of pogs to build a stack with the pieces facing down, which will be used during the game.
2. The players take turns throwing their slammer down onto the top of the stack, causing it to spring up and the pogs to scatter. Each player keeps any pogs that land 'face up' after their throw.
3. * Players may defend using a special juke (also called a 'slam frizz') to distract the slammer to reduce the number pogs successfully overturned. Jukes include screaming, taunting the opponent, waving hands, slapping, or other distracting moves
4. * A special pog, known as a 'Poison' (usually depicted as a skull and cross bones or simply stating 'Poison' on the pog), when flipped upright negate the other upright pogs. Thus the person who flips over the poison does not collect the upright pogs, and all pogs are flipped back over and restacked.
5. After each throw, the pogs which have landed 'face down' are then re-stacked for the next player.
6. When no pogs remain in the stack, the player with the most pogs is the 'winner'.
7. If "playing for keeps," all players keep the pogs which they have collected. Otherwise, the pogs are returned to their original owners.