B J
msg tools
I've been reading about the history of knots, and occasionally come across a mention of games played with knots back in the old days. I can't find any mention of any games that use rope as "the board" and knots as "the pieces," though there are plenty of games based around tiles with rope designs on them, and even more games based around teaching knot-tying skills.

I was wondering if anyone had a lead on any such old or new games? I would think with the variety of games you can make with knots and rope (think of all the multiple dimensions and combinations of ropes and knots) that there would be at least one game... if not, someone will have to invent it.

I have some different ideas kicking around in my head. And the knots don't really have to be complex. For instance, a simple loop which could slide along the rope would have a different function than a fixed knot; and maybe knots could be tied differently to indicate different "pieces" with different functions and abilities, but the point isn't to learn fancy knots, it's to use knots to play a game, a game that might have a lot more variability than anything played a fixed two-dimensional surface.

Thanks for any input!
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Robert Wesley
Nepal
Aberdeen
Washington
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mb
Re: Games that use ropes and knots for things other than teaching knot tying & whipping up morele
"Bondage Twister"? surprise
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Brook Gentlestream
United States
Long Beach
California
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I'd imagine many classic kids games like "mouse trap" "the game of life" "bonkers" and those style of games could have pieces (rocks?) moving along from space to space on a track, using rope as the track and knots as the spaces.

Knots and ropes could also be used to measure distances for modern miniatures gaming.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Robert Wesley
Nepal
Aberdeen
Washington
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mb
_sauron_
)/cool ~"Rodeo CHESS!": where you "toss a lasso" onto your opponent's HEAD whilst he's "taking his turn!" to speed & annoy PLAY "up"!
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
B J
msg tools
lordrahvin wrote:
I'd imagine many classic kids games like "mouse trap" "the game of life" "bonkers" and those style of games could have pieces (rocks?) moving along from space to space on a track, using rope as the track and knots as the spaces.

Knots and ropes could also be used to measure distances for modern miniatures gaming.


Yeah, those would work... But I was looking for a game that would best be played with ropes. Boards are very convenient and it would just be annoying to reverse engineer a game for a completely different medium... I'll keep pondering. Thanks.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
John "Omega" Williams
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
GROGnads wrote:
"Bondage Twister"? surprise


Been done. devil
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
John "Omega" Williams
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Boyscouts FTW.

http://whatknot.tripod.com/knots/knotgame.htm
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
lotus dweller
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
Avatar
"Maori string games" might give you some inspiration.
http://www.jps.auckland.ac.nz/document/Volume_45_1936/Memoir...
http://www.anambitiousprojectcollapsing.com/2009/06/harry-sm...


from
http://www.anambitiousprojectcollapsing.com/2009/12/maori-st...
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.