Keep those games alive!

Children are inventive, original and very messy. As they get older they start losing these nice qualities. Some manage to hold on. This is what I am trying to do with this blog. My brother - a great inventor of games - kept most of my childhood happily occupied with his original games. This blog started out as a way to keep those games alive. Do read the first few posts to enter his wonderful world. Reader contributions welcome :)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Paper Football

I felt just like a little kid who unexpectedly receives a box of chocolates, and having finished them, finds there is another layer underneath, when Bharath sent me this crazy game.

Here's his introduction to the game:

This is a paper and pencil game... a ruler or similar object with a straight edge helps a lot! Although you can play it by yourself... it's a lot more fun to argue and heckle another person as you snap your pencil to footballing glory.

Step 1:

Draw the goal post and half way line like this:

Step 2:

Each person then alternates to draw their players on the paper. Now if you want to make your field pretty, you can actually draw mini-players, or if you just want to get down to the game draw circles and colour them!

Bharath's tip: It generally helps to have one player in the goal

Step 3: THE GAME

How to kick the ball:

Use a pencil. Place it on your player closest to the half way line, with the pencil head on the player, and snap it in a quick motion towards the player you want to pass the ball to. The pencil makes a straight mark on the paper. Here, Bharath says:
The motion has to be a snapping motion... otherwise you can control the direction a little too well...

Next, use a ruler to determine if the ball makes it to the other player. If the mark is curved, settle it with a nice fight ;-)

If the ball doesn't make it, the opponent's player closest to all this action gets the ball.

So basically you keep passing until you decide to "take a shot" at the goal and evade the goalkeeper. If you do then you score.... Player with the most # of goals wins. :)


And the layer underneath? The paper cricket game! But that, dear children is for another day. Or, if you're curious, just peek into the first comment of the previous post!


Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

Yay! You finally posted it!

Good now I will give you the next game. Check ur email in a couple of days.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Obi Wan said...

Me 1stttt, technically, since bharath didn't claim the first position! Thank you bharath :-)

11:35 PM  
Blogger Obi Wan said...

We used to play it when we were kids, but without the complication of the players, basically, reach the other side in minimum number of shots.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

2nd :-) Not bad..

6:30 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

@Bharath: Wow, another one? Do you want to consider taking over this blog? (Not entirely kidding)

@Obi: Your version sounds good too. Nice and uncomplicated :)

@Sunshine: 2nd on any blog other than TCP's is nothing to dance about! :)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

I have sent it to u veena. check ur email. I hope u understand it. I'm really sleepy today!

Sure I would love to be a co-writer on ur blog.

8:55 AM  
Blogger prachi said...


Trust u r doing fine

Games are excellent exercise for brain. It's good to play even when we r grown ups.

Great and unique source of refreshment for mind as well as body.

Keep it up!

2:46 AM  
Blogger adi said...

oye! i don't know about this football-shootball, but we used to play this as the war between india n pakistan.
this game was all over the place, in school, at home, with cousin's everywhere.
instead of the football goals, we drew identical rectangles on both sides. then placed 10 dots representing rockets or missiles. each country or the rectangular block had a nerve point that one had to destroy.
the playing was same. one dot at a time was permissible till it was intercepted and destroyed by the opponent. ur mission was to og to the enemy's country and destroy the nerve center.
both players took off from their positions and trying to avoid the enemy missile or aircraft, concentrate on hitting the target.
whoever hit the target first or whose missile was left in the end was the winner.
i was the champion in school but at home my brother managed to beat me incredibly. and reynold's pen were the best and longest shooters.
and today, when i go home, i'll play this in memory those days ;)
thanks veena, thanks bharath.
n m waiting for the cricket bit though. seems interesting. hey sachin got a century. m delirious.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Obi Wan said...

Happy birday cloudy :-)

But where have you disappeared???

7:18 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Happy birthday Cloudy :D (BTW, when is your Birthday? 23rd?24th?)

12:37 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

Hey Obi, had gone underground, but have resurfaced now :)

Sunshine, it's the 22nd :)

1:59 PM  
Blogger adi said...

happy birthday veena
though belated ;)september has a lot of births in my calendar

1:59 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

Thanks adi, both for the wishes and the comment before... have been a little busy, so haven't been on the internet a lot...

2:01 PM  
Blogger adi said...

do u enjoy tags? apart from games? if yes, then pls do visit delhidreams

7:30 AM  
Blogger Shyam said...

Checked your blog after a long time! This game is an interesting one. Will try sometime.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Shyam said...

Checked your blog after a long time! This game is an interesting one. Will try sometime.

2:13 PM  

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