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Yin-Yang Ping Pong is played like every other game of ping pong in
that the ball is knocked backwards and forwards across a table
divided by a net.
The big difference with Yin-Yang Ping Pong in the shape of the
table, and its net, which follows the form of a Yin-Yang symbol.
In this case
the net is curved to follow that of the symbol, but also
rises higher in the middle and tapers down to meet the edge of
the table at each side.
As always, yang is the white side with the black dot on it, and yin
is the black side with the white dot on it, but here the white dot
takes the form of an obstructing pole and the black dot becomes a
hole, down which the ball may escape from play, winning or losing
points depending on the rules adopted.
Being round, players are not confined to any side of the table and
may orbit it at will, forcing their opponent to do likewise. The
combined effect of this is to create a more active, less
predictable dynamic game, for all concerned. ie in certain
positions the ball may be made to cross the net twice to get to the
other side; hitting the pole may cause the ball to bounce
[xenzag, Dec 27 2012]
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|The pole would be a disadvantage, as it is an easier target (angle-wise) than a hole. Table Tennis or Ping Pong?
|The pole adds to unpredictability and circling the table means that it is not a static element, just as the hole isn't either.
|[+] though I would more favour the spots simply recognized as the opponents' table surface, which it is in the yin/yang symbology, rather than poles'n'holes which doesn't translate well ergonomically into a ping pong game.
|Of course if you sucked air from one hole then blew it out the other . . .
|or you could simply put a bell on the spots for a ding dong yin yang ping pong.
|I love it. When I have time I'm going to build one. [+]
|I had a cat that was pretty good at ping pong.
|Cool. Getting around the hole/pole advantage, you could just have a bump/dent arrangement.
|also at some point the net would be very close to
you but setting the ball just over it would be tough
because the area behind it is small. Transversely
where the net is farther from you it is easier to place
the ball into the larger area. [later that night] I'm
going to bake one for myself. (seriously)
|//Your opponent shouldn't be allowed to force your hand
like that.// Why not? Forcing your opponent to do anything
is the essence of most games is it not?
|yin-yang Zugzwang, as it were