The play requires a few players. Each of them has a stick in his/her hand. One of them moves a large stone (pig) with a stick into the holes (pigsties) in which other participants hold their sticks, which means that the pigsty is busy. Free pigsty is when a person takes out a stick from the hole in order to move the stone (pig) from the pigsties. Shepherd can take an advantage of that the hole is free and hits with the stone at it. If he/she succeeds then the shepherd is the person whose hole contains the pig.

There will be new, modernized versions of old games and backyard plays which sometimes will go beyond the literal interpretation. Traditional games will be an inspiration, "new games" more or less free interpretation.