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game of rope

played in a large closed room in zero-g with a short rope
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There are two teams. The closed room has two goals at opposite ends. You score if the rope touches the other team's goal. Since it's played in zero-g, changing direction means bouncing off a wall or grabbing another player.

I'm not sure how difficult this is. It may evolve to something like volleyball, where the teams stay on opposite sides of a line and it's a score if the rope touches the ground anywhere on your side. Or it may become something like basketball or soccer, where there is a small goal and both teams are allowed anywhere in the room. It may be useful to have extra ropes that teammates can use to redirect one another.

rjenkins, Jul 16 2003


       strange, but sounds fun. I wonder how expensive it would be to build this "closed room" with zero-g.
Pericles, Jul 16 2003

       In zero-G, there could be an interesting game to be had just linking the two protagonists with a long rope.
DrCurry, Jul 16 2003

       I'm sure when 0-G becomes common, our concept of sports will change radically.
git, Jul 16 2003

       Bun. Mind if I add this to my space sports group? I could just link to here, but I'd like to write it up and post it there.
Xenophile, Jul 21 2006

       I'm currently trying to refine this for my group. I'm thinking a spherical room and a bit of ladder toss/ladder golf thrown in, with a dash of rhythmic gymnastics for flavor. [DrCurry], I'm thinking very much of incorporating your idea of linking athletes with a rope.   

       I'll credit both of you and link to here, and I'll post a link here when I've got it done.
Xenophile, Jul 01 2012

       What would be the difference between 0g and 1g play that would make this sport succeed in null-g ?
FlyingToaster, Jul 01 2012

       The ability to move in any direction; to send the rope sailing in a straight line which would continue until the rope hit the wall, wrapped around the goal, or was caught; the additional requirements for the athletes to see threats or opportunities in three dimensions instead of just two; the ability to use a spherical court only fifteen metres in diameter, yet with more than two and a half times the usable surface area as a basketball court.
Xenophile, Jul 01 2012

       why not a ball then ?
FlyingToaster, Jul 01 2012

       Sounds like a load of bolas.
Phrontistery, Jul 03 2012

       Most of the games I've designed use a ball. This was something I hadn't thought of. This was an idea which it looked to me would work, but which I probably would NEVER have thought of myself.   

       I really like it, and have now come up with the basics of the court, the rope, an idea of how to score goals, and yes, [DrCurry] idea of linking players with a rope.
Xenophile, Jul 12 2012


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