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
The April 9th weekly meeting of the Central Ohio Carpetball Society has concluded. Previously, we had set the goal to prepare for publicizing the website through a series of steps with a deadline of April 30th. At this point, our progress is ahead of schedule.
This week, we successfully completed the carpetball table and subsequently spent additional time testing the carpetball table gameplay and have succeeded in validating playability. Enough evidence has also been collected to further refine Carpetball 3d: The Game.
Over the next week or so, we will be working to complete a final draft letter to the NCA seeking chartership. Before this letter can be submitted, we will need to flesh out portions of our website to help properly portray the intentions of the Central Ohio Carpetball Society and further explain who we are.
Look forward to further photos of our project and expansion to the game Carpetball 3d: The Game in the near future.
We had some lofty goals for our fourth weekly meeting of the Central Ohio Carpetball Society (C.O.C.S.) and are pleased to report that we have accomplished quite a bit in an evening.
- Installed additional bracing to support table legs
- Removed and re-stapled portions of carpet on the playing surface
- Upgraded the back-stops from 1×6 to taller 1×8 to protect the players (and trust me, it prevented some serious waste-height casualties)
- Added an additional backstop upgrade; carpet
- Decided the acceptable “Penal Lines” location – the line that indicates the maximum distance from the player that said player may place their balls. The Penal line shall be placed at 24″ from the drop-off of the gutter. This provides an acceptable distance within reach of an average player and prevents competitive advantage due to arm length.
- Thoroughly Cleaned the playing surfaces
- Verified membership of the founding members of the Central Ohio Carpetball Society
- Performed thorough testing of gameplay between the founding members.
- If the throwing ball is tossed beyond the midway point before first making contact with the playing surface, the throwing ball often bounced excessively and often jumps the target ball(s). This may or may not increase the likelihood of the throwing ball leaving the playing surface. Additional testing may be necessary.
- It is in fact possible, however unlikely, for the throwing player to contact their own balls with the throwing ball or with their throwing hand. The likelihood increases proportionally to the amount of alcohol consumed. When this occurs, the test rules in place indicate that said player must place the contacted ball half the distance to the gutter, firmly against the side to provide a competitive advantage to the opponent.
- While some internet sources seem to indicate that play must end in forfeiture when the throwing ball inevitably leaves the playing surface during a throw, we do not feel that this is necessary. It is not to the advantage of the throwing player, therefore test rules indicate play may continue as though the throwing ball did not leave the playing surface.
- It is possible that the throwing ball may contact and cause an opponent’s ball to leave the playing surface. In this event, test rules indicate that the defensive player may return the ball to the playing surface in any legal position they choose.
- Depending on the thickness of the carpet covering the playing surface, it may be possible to “stack” balls. This appears to be possible in two configurations: 3 balls in a triangle pattern with 1 on top, or 4 balls in a box pattern with 1 on top. Some testing was conducted, however it has not been confirmed whether this configuration presents an excessive level of risk to the defensive player. It is highly recommended that the defensive player take a position that is forward of the “Penal line” to prevent potential injury. Our test rules do not currently prevent this configuration but this may change after future scrutiny.
- Our current Carpetball table is a 12-foot table. It was observed that an alternate table length is a 16-foot (or 15′?) table. To obtain a new dimension of gameplay, it would be possible to simply create an additional 4-foot extension to be placed between the two table halves. This would allow the table to be dynamically extended from a 12-foot to a 16-foot table with little effort.
Exploring gameplay was a large part of this week’s meeting and will continue to be a focus of the Society for many more weeks to come. It is a goal of the Society to define a set of tournament rules that can be used for official tournament play while preserving the ease of play and competitive spirit of non-tournament play.
Photos will be posted soon…
The fourth meeting of the C.O.C.S. will commence at 5:30pm on 4/2/2014.
- Upgrade backstops
- Remove Carpet
- Install additional bracing for legs
- Install legs
- Re-install carpet
- Install hinges
- Discuss: Drink holders
- Discuss: Penalty lines
- Staples for electric staple gun