'A GAME of balance and chaos' invented by a Stone man will crown its first world champion at a Stafford pub next Monday.
Invented by Steve Howe after he was left with a consignment of plastic cards two years ago, Librium, a game which sees players create an increasingly precarious structure by interlocking cards using specially punched holes, has become a popular pastime in pubs across Stafford and Stone since it was first introduced in 2011.
And now the Sun Inn, Stafford, is to host the inaugural Librium Games World Championship on Monday August 26, the final day of the Sun Inn’s Bank Holiday Beer Festival.
Mr Howe said: “At first, I played Librium at home with my son but it began to take off after old school friend Dave Bott of Titanic Brewery agreed to trial Librium in the company’s Stafford and Stone pubs, the Sun Inn and the Royal Exchange.
The game soon spread to other pubs in Stafford and Stone and then Newcastle Under Lyme and Longton.
Meanwhile Steve founded Librium Games Ltd and signed with an agent in the United States with the aim of forging links with major American Games companies, but the game's home remains Staffordshire.
Dave Bott said: “Librium has really taken off in local pubs and there is a big rivalry between the teams.
“Playing numbers maybe modest at the moment but if America can host a World Series of Baseball then we are laying claim to the first Librium World Championships."
Individuals and teams of up to four will take part in the World Championships with cash prizes on off and money raised for Katharine House Hospice.
Kelly Day of Katharine House, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity to benefit from the first Librium world championships and we’re pleased to receive our own Katharine House branded game which I’m sure our Day Therapy patients will enjoy playing."
Potential players can register online in advance via www.libriumgames.co.uk.
The Sun Inn’s Bank Holiday Beer Festival, running from August 23 will feature live music and 30 cask ales from breweries including Enville, Oakham, Castle Rock and Hawkshead, and be held in a marquee at the rear of the Lichfield Road pub with visitors able to choose from 12 cask ales in the pub itself including Titanic Breweries award-winning ales.