Weekly Meeting

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Cut off the ends of the screws protruding through some of the boards underneath the table. Safety is a must!
  3. Completed letter to the NCA – we hope to be able to post this letter at some point in the near future.
  4. 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…

Weekly Meeting – 4/23/2014

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

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