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Why don't more games contain string?

It is cheap, light, flexible, easy to color, shape, cut, tie. Has a hundred uses. So why isn't there more of it in games?

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You can wind it round things.

Some of the most important games from my childhood involved string.


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You can pull the hell out of it.
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You can measure stuff with it.

"H. G. Wells playing a wargame with the rules of Little Wars. Wells is using a piece of string cut to a set length of the distance his soldiers can move. An umpire sits in a chair with his stopwatch timing Wells. Wells' opponent waits for his turn to move and fire his cannon at Wells' soldiers." From Wikipedia on H.G.Wells
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You can strangle people with it.

(The English version had proper string)
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You can tie knots with it.


No I never did play this game nor would want to spend time in knots.
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You can eat it.

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You can make networks with it.
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You can throw it at people.
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So over to you....

I have shown there are a million and one eight uses for string already and I haven't even mentioned Conkers.

In what other games is string the star?

Does string ever stay put?

Is there such a thing as a good game with string?
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Useful for measuring all those important Line of Sight checks. Not included, but a very worthwhile addition. I personally prefer a cut rubber band, which can be stretched between hexes as desired.
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Is it cheating if I add this title?
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Players "eyeball" their shots and then call out the degree heading they wish to shoot at. Strings are run through the center of the 4" x 4" counters and pulled taught along the bearing announced by the player. If the string crosses an enemy ship diagram, it's a hit. Very fun game!

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I am tempted to build on of these. The materials are simple, all I want now is to get fancy pawns or miniatures that match the theme.

It is kind of an abstract area control where placing the pawns uses certain rules. Looks simple enough and interesting.

EDIT: Isn't it interesting that the game is about "Demons", and the current rating is 6.66? Freaky. devil
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You can attach it to a ball and knock over pins.

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The string replaces an egg-timer- your turn lasts as long as another player needs to belay the rope.
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Sort of bondage version of Twister.

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You can make shapes with it.
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You can climb things with it.

"Each player guides his team of 3 small climbers up the two foot tall, steep mountain. They place spikes which, along with ledges, are used by climbers to keep hold and scale the mountain. The team's climbers are joined to each other by "rope" (string). Dexterity is important, as players use a rod to hook and lift climbers, one at a time, onto the spikes and ledges. The winner is the first player to get one climber to reach the summit."
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You can make nets out of it.
In this case a football net.
 
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You can surround people with it.

Another 1970 game. They liked string more back then. Or maybe they were more inventive.
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You can race with it.

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