The Game of Dropsies of a favorite and very
old American marbles game.
OBJECT: knock the most marbles out of
Up to 6 players may play.
A ring is drawn
roughly 18 inches in diameter.
A large number of
5/8” target marbles are placed inside the ring.
A 3/4" shooter
marble, or agate, is used to knock the target marbles out of the
Who Goes First – The Order of Play –
Called The “Nose Drop”
A straight line is
drawn on the ground.
Taking turns each player approaches the line, places a shooter
marble to their nose and drops it to the ground. The player whose
shooter marble comes closest to the line goes first, second
closest to the line goes second, etc.
Plan of Play:
Taking turns one
player goes toes-to-the-line of the ring, takes aim by holding
their shooter marble at roughly the level of their shoulder then
drops their shooter into the ring, attempting to knock a target
marble out of the ring. (Some call this shot “eye drops”.)
Players must pick
up their own marbles at the end of their turn and then move away
from the ring, allowing the next player to take their place at the
For each marble
knocked out by a player, they shall be credited with the score of
one. The player with the most marbles at the end of the game
is declared the winner.