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Two knights in full armour face each
other. Each is equipped with a 5' long,
sword. They stand on a small clay court
bisected by a strong, buttressed,
wall running between them (the 'net').
above their heads is a spiked steel ball
that hangs down navel
height at the
middle of the and swings up to between
chest and head
height at the oak wall that marks the
base-line of the court.
The knights must use their swords to hit
spiked steel ball at, or past, their
If the ball strikes the opposing player or
the woodwork behind them a point is
scored (scoring as in tennis).
If the ball crosses the 'net', the
ball is said to have 'bounced' and must
struck before returning over the net to
avoid forfeiting the point.
Neither knight may touch or cross the
line, but is entitled to strike at their
opponent should they get within reach of
their sword. This scores no points but it
makes it more difficult to return a short
lob if your opponent is trying to skewer
you at the time.
Service games alternate between players.
Players change ends every two games.
match is the best of five sets (three for
women or mixed doubles), or until one of
the players needs medical attention due
||knights are drawing in <sigh>
||Needs more Blessed. Otherwise, tremendiddlyocious.
||I'm in. Where can we play?
||<Brian Blessed> Haaaaaaaa! </Brian Blessed>
||\\I'm in. Where can we play?\\ I'll meet you at 8 at Camelot.
||will there be a welder on hand to repair the broken chain?
||Uh, would the ball dogs have to wear a full suit of armour too? If so...I'M CALLING P.E.T.A ON YOU!