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This evening’s meeting will commence with our new banners being placed on the Carpetball table for the first time followed by a quick promotional photo shoot.
- Hang Banners
- Take Pictures
- Discuss 3d Carpetball Game
- Play Carpetball
More to come…
We have missed meetings here and there due to our hosting member traveling for work. It is frustrating that the C.O.C.S. is not recognized by our employer. Travel should be scheduled around our meetings. I am not sure they understand the importance of the work we do here.
Last meeting we worked on a plan for a banner that we will hopefully order soon.
Erica threw a surprise birthday party for Andrew a couple of weeks ago with family and friends. It was an exciting time, being the first mass use of our Carpetball table. We spent some time demonstrating the game and many, many people played. In fact, from the time the table was set up until everything started to wind down, the table had very little time of inactivity. We also shared a number of our game modifiers such as Five Star Drop and Darts as well as some of our prototype rules. Unfortunately our Battleship modifier didn’t make it because we had not yet assembled an easy to use barrier. More details on the improvements to our Battleship modifier to come!
In previous meetings, we experimented with a modifier called Three Card Draw. Last meeting this concept was expanded upon. With a deck of Uno cards, we attempted the Five Card Draw. This slight modification moves beyon the 3-card to a 5-card system. With Three Card Draw, the values of the cards were 3, 4 and 5. With Five Card Draw, the 3-, 4- and 5-cards are kept and two new cards are added. From the Uno deck, the +1 and +2 cards are appended to the traditional Three Card Draw set. After a card is drawn, the card must be replaced and the drawing player mix up the cards for their opponent to choose a card.
While we are not quite clear who the drawn cards affects, we moved to experimentation. The possibilities are:
- Card drawn indicates number of balls opponent places on table
- Card drawn indicates number of balls drawing player places on table
This must be decided beforehand to prevent arguments and successive re-draws.
Another possibility that we experimented with is placing the cards face down in the middle of the table. Each player takes one turn throwing the cue ball down the table to push the card they wan to throw against toward the opposing player’s gutter.
There are multiple possibilities for this and we will continue to research this as a future modifier.
Another subject that has come up over the past week is the Battleship modifier. We would like to create a stable, efficient obfuscation screen to place in the middle of the table. The plan is to take two boards of appropriate height and width to obscure each player’s ability to see the balls on the opposite end of the table. We then would attach a hinge at one end and attach a tether between the board to prevent it from flattening on the table. Imagine this shape as a capital letter A. Without the raw materials to build this at the meeting, it has been postponed for a future meeting.
That brings up another subject. We will be on hiatus for a week of rest and relaxation, so next week’s meeting will be skipped. During this time we can thoughtfully reflect on meetings past and plan for an epic meeting upon return to regular our schedule the following week.
May Carpetball be with you.
Tomorrow will be the first meeting of the C.O.C.S. since endorsement by the National Carpetball Association. We can move our primary focus toward establishing the Central Ohio Carpetball Society “brand”. The next step is to finalize a logo and re-brand the website.The must-do list is getting shorter, so we can start incorporating like-to-do items.
- Logo review
- Website redesign
- Carpetball 3d: The Game
- Play Carpetball
- Discuss future tournament
- Plan a “Take Your Table to Work Day”
We had a goal to send a letter to the National Carpetball Association (Timothy Allen) by the end of April. Unfortunately, we were a couple of days late, but did finally send an email on May 2, 2014. After a day of nervous anticipation, we are very pleased to announce that the National Carpetball Association has accepted the Central Ohio Carpetball Society into the NCA family.
As members of the C.O.C.S., we believe that we have created something epic in our letter to the NCA:
Date: May 2, 2014
To: National Carpetball Association
Subject: Central Ohio Carpetball Society Charter Request
To: The National Carpetball Association Board Members (and honorees as dictated by the NCA President)
We, the founding members of the Central Ohio Carpetball Society (referred to hereafter simply as The C.O.C.S. as deemed appropriate), are interested in establishing the Central Ohio Carpetball Society as a chapter of the National Carpetball Association and request charter under the NCA. As a community-focused group of Carpetball enthusiasts, we believe that our goals and aspirations to bring the game of Carpetball to citizens, simpletons, and visitors of Central Ohio align perfectly with those of the NCA.
While The C.O.C.S. strives for local acceptance and fights to keep Carpetball a wholesome, moral sport, we need the support on a national level to keep our dream alive. We believe that we can do our part throughout Central Ohio and surrounding areas to bolster the work that the National Carpetball Association is performing nationally. This is the basis for our charter request.
Beyond any rules or competitive nature, we are in this for one and only one reason – sharing the fun of Carpetball; sharing this fun and excitement with everyone around us. At a backyard barbeque, we want Carpetball there. At a family get-together, we want Carpetball there. At a friendly argument over who gets to decide where to go for lunch, we want Carpetball there. Carpetball is the game that transcends every other sport in its ease of play and acceptance of all players.
Our love of Carpetball is never ending. With your backing and support, we will strive to bring Carpetball to everyone in Central Ohio and eventually…the World. There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we all work together as one.
This is who we are.
Please visit us on the web at: http://www.thecocs.com and while you are there be sure to check out 3D Carpetball: The Game – http://thecocs.com/capetball-3d-the-game/
Bingo Bango 🙂
Date: May 3, 2014
From: National Carpetball Association
Subject: Re: Central Ohio Carpetball Society Charter Request
Love your site and your table. You have my blessing to join the NCA family.
President of the National Carpetball Association
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Thus begins the next chapter for the Central Ohio Carpetball Society.
Another amazing C.O.C.S. meeting is now behind us with much to report. There were some minor changes to make to the Carpetball table, a letter to write, and much exploration into research and development.
Accomplishments from this week’s meeting:
- Moved the wheels to the edges of the tables
This added stability to the back of the gutter, which surprisingly impacted gameplay. The balls have a higher likelihood to bounce off the back of the gutter and return to the play surface. While it takes some time to get used it, the increased difficulty is welcome.
- Cut off the ends of the screws protruding through some of the boards underneath the table. Safety is a must!
- Completed letter to the NCA – we hope to be able to post this letter at some point in the near future.
- New exciting game modifiers explored
– Three Card Draw – 3 playing cards (3, 4, and 5) are placed face down on the table. Each player takes turns choosing a card to determine how many balls they may place on the table for the start of the game.
– Battleship – A barrier is placed in the middle of the table. Each play may arrange their balls as in a traditional game, however, the opponent may not look at the player’s arrangement. Throws are made “blind”. When a ball is knocked into the gutter, the player must yell “You sunk my Carpetball!”. When all of the balls are knocked into the gutter, the player must yell “You sunk my Carpetballs!”
Optional Battleship Modifier: Peek mode – players may look under the barrier only.
The Five Star Drop modifier may be used for Battleship. We did not attempt the Darts modifier, though I doubt it would be playable.
Battleship mode was excellent. It did not come up during gameplay, but I believe that it would be fun to try a combination of Swapsies and Battleship.
With all of the optional modifiers and optional rules we have researched, we are very excited to organize our notes and publish our findings. It will be interesting to see what makes the cut and what does not.
Photos to come…
Closing out the month, it is time to reflect on the accomplishments of meetings past see where we stand in relation to our goals.
- Build Carpetball Table
- Set up website
- Create 3d Carpetball: The Game proof of concept
- Observe and improve gameplay – optional rules and game modifiers
- Drafted letter to the NCA (not yet complete/sent)
Goals of this week’s meeting:
- Remove portion of screws protruding through the bottom of the play surface (Dremel)
- Move wheels to the edges of the table to add stability to the gutter backstops – just as the NCA build plans show, go figure
We have yet to finish our letter to the NCA, but it should be forthcoming. The plan was to have the letter completed and sent by 4/30/2014. Considering this happens to be the last meeting of the month, it does not appear we will meet this goal. In the near future we also need to be working toward an official C.O.C.S. logo. The logo will be an important step in establishing a “brand” for our Society.
It is also important to note, for the benefit our many followers, that we plan to change the website and eliminate the post format in favor of static pages at some point in the future. There is no clear timeline for the change, but expect the change as the C.O.C.S. becomes more established and administrative duties reduce the frequency of posts. That may be a time for us to investigate Facebook as a means to disseminate important information.
Another weekly meeting of the C.O.C.S. has come and gone. Though some of our weekly antics were overshadowed by the NHL playoffs and the Columbus Blue Jacket’s amazing victory, we did play an unprecedented amount of Carpetball.
As with weeks prior, we tested some new game modifiers.
- Darts – Both players must use an overhand throw
- Swapsies – Each player arranges the balls how they would like to play them, then the players trade ends of the table
This is can be more difficult than you would think…
We discussed an agenda for the next meeting and what needs to be accomplished in the interim.
- Prior to next meeting
- Finish and send the letter to the NCA
- Investigate C.O.C.S. logo options
- Move the wheels on the table to the edges of the ends to add stability
- Use a Dremel to cut off the end of screws that are exposed on the underside of the table