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[[Image:Calvinball.png|frame|right|A game of Calvinball]]
 
[[Image:Calvinball.png|frame|right|A game of Calvinball]]
'''Calvinball''' is a game invented by [[Calvin]] and Hobbes in which you make the rules up as you go along. Rules cannot be used twice (except for the rule that rules cannot be used twice). No Calvinball game is like another. The game may involve wickets, mallets, volleyballs, and additional equipment as well as masks.
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'''Calvinball''' is a sport invented by [[Calvin]] and Hobbes in which you make the rules up as you go along. The game involves sports equipment such as wickets, mallets, and various balls, as well as a volleyball (the "Calvinball").
   
There is only one permanent rule in Calvinball: You can't play it in the same way twice. (But another seems to be that you have to wear a mask.) For example, in one game of Calvinball, the goal was to capture your opponent's flag, whereas in a different game of Calvinball, the goal was to score points by hitting badminton shuttlecocks against trees using a croquet mallet. An apparent rule in Calvinball is that you must wear a black mask and that you aren't allowed to question the mask. Another apparent rule is that any new rule made up by each player must be accepted. A third apparent rule is that you cannot make any plays you made in a previous game.
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The one permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can't play it the same way twice (for example, in one game of Calvinball, the goal was to capture your opponent's flag, whereas in a different game of Calvinball, the goal was to score points by hitting badminton shuttlecocks against trees using a croquet mallet). As such, a player may not make any plays they made in a previous game, and any new rule made up by any player must be accepted. Black masks must be work at all times during a game of Calvinball; these are not to be questioned.
   
 
==Creation==
 
==Creation==
Calvin created the game when he first became tired of organized sports. Although the first depicted game of Calvinball followed Calvin's failure to join the baseball team [http://freewebs.com/calhobbes/first.jpg], the game appears in such a complete form there that it is likely Calvin and Hobbes had been playing the game for a long time beforehand.
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Calvin created the game when he became tired of organized sports. Although the first depicted game of Calvinball followed Calvin's failure to join the baseball team [http://freewebs.com/calhobbes/first.jpg], the game appears here in such a complete form that it is likely Calvin and Hobbes had been playing the game for some time before then.
   
The only hint at the true creation of the game comes from the last Calvinball strip, in which a game of football quickly changes into a game of Calvinball. Calvin remarks, "Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball," suggesting that a similar scenario led directly to the creation of the sport..
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The only hint at the true origin of the game comes from the last Calvinball strip, in which a game of football quickly changes into a game of Calvinball. Calvin remarks, "Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball," suggesting that a similar scenario led directly to the creation of the sport.
 
==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
Although all games of Calvinball are different, (you make up the rules as you go), many of them seem to involve a volleyball (the Calvinball), masks, and pickets with numbers printed on them.
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Although all games of Calvinball are different, many of them seem to involve a volleyball (the "Calvinball"), masks, and pickets with numbers printed on them.
   
 
Key features of various games have included (in approximate order of appearance):
 
Key features of various games have included (in approximate order of appearance):
:*Wickets (Referred to as "time-fracture wickets" in one strip)
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*Wickets (referred to as "time-fracture wickets" in one game)
:*Soccer balls
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*Soccer balls
:*Flags
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*Flags
:*Masks
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*Masks
:*Small signs with numbers
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*Small signs with numbers
:*Songs
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*Songs
:*Zones/Sectors
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*Zones/Sectors
:*The "Opposite Pole"
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*The Opposite Pole
:*The no song zone
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*The No-Song Zone
:*The very sorry song (see below)
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*The "Very Sorry Song" (see below)
:*The "Bonus Box"
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*The "'''B'''onus '''B'''ox"
:*Croquet mallets
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*Croquet mallets
:*Badminton shuttlecocks
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*Badminton shuttlecocks
:*"Vortex spots"
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*"Vortex spots"
:*The "Boomerang Zone"
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*The "Boomerang Zone"
:*A volleyball (the "Calvinball")
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*The Calvinball
:*Trees (as goalposts)
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*Trees (as goalposts)
:*Buckets
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*Buckets
:*Poems
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*Poems
:*Sacks
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*Sacks
:* Odd Scoring (Q to 12, Oogy to Boogy, etc.)
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* Odd methods of keeping score (Q to 12, Oogy to Boogy, etc.)
:*The Calvinball theme song (see below)
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*The Calvinball theme song (see below)
:*Decrees
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*Decrees
:*Water balloons
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*Water balloons
:*Hobby horse
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*Hobby horses
:*The "Pernicious Poem Place"
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*The "Pernicious Poem Place"
:*The Bag Flag Zone
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*Bag Flag Zones
:*The Secret Base
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*The Secret Base
:* Slow Motion
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* Slow Motion
:* The Perimeter of Wisdom
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* The Perimeter of Wisdom
:* The Corollary Zone
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* The Corollary Zone
:* The Baby Sitter Flag
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* The Baby Sitter Flag
   
 
==Calvinball theme song==
 
==Calvinball theme song==
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<br clear="all" />{{Big Quote|Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball.|||Calvin}}
 
<br clear="all" />{{Big Quote|Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball.|||Calvin}}
 
<br clear="all" />{{Big Quote|The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can never play it the same way twice!|||Calvin}}
 
<br clear="all" />{{Big Quote|The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can never play it the same way twice!|||Calvin}}
{{Big Quote|The score is oogy to boogy!|4 = Hobbes}}{{Big Quote|The score is still Q to 12!|||Hobbes}}
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{{Big Quote|The score is oogy to boogy.|4 = Hobbes}}{{Big Quote|The score is still Q to 12!|||Hobbes}}
   
==The "Pernicious Poem"==
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==The Pernicious Poem==
The poem that must be recited when one lands on the Pernicious Poem place is the following:
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This poem must be recited to another person (it appears to not matter whether or not the other person is a player). It is the penalty for touching the Pernicious Poem Place.
   
"This is a poem! Please do what you're told! And here is a bucket of water, ice-cold! Please take this water, and dump it on me! Don't hesitate, do it A.S.A.P.!
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"This is a poem! Please do what you're told! And here is a bucket of water, ice-cold! Please take this water, and dump it on me! Don't hesitate, do it A.S.A.P.!"
   
==The Very Sorry Song==
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==The "Very Sorry Song"==
In one strip, [[Calvin]] and [[Hobbes]] are playing Calvinball, and Calvin <!-- The brackets that directly follow this message are grammatical, and SHOULD NOT BE A LINK!! --> "[steals]" Hobbes' flag, and Hobbes hits him with the Calvinball. As a result, Calvin is required to put the flag back and sing the ''Very Sorry Song.''
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In one strip, during a game of Calvinball, Calvin <!-- The brackets that directly follow this message are grammatical, and SHOULD NOT BE A LINK!! --> "[steals]" Hobbes' flag, and Hobbes hits him with the Calvinball. As a result, Calvin is required to put the flag back and sing the ''Very Sorry Song.''
   
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The "Very Sorry Song" has two parts, one sung by the player who did the action (the "offender"), and one sung by the player whom the action was done to (the "victim").
'''-Lyrics'''
 
 
The "Very Sorry Song" has two parts, one sung by the one who did the action (the "offender"), and one sung by the person whom the action was done to (the "victim").
 
 
:{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse:collapse;"
 
:{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse:collapse;"
 
! Offender
 
! Offender
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[[File:Song.png|thumb]]
 
[[File:Song.png|thumb]]
 
==Obscure Point System==
 
Nobody knows how to score in Calvinball. The only known point values are Q and 12 in one game between Calvin and Hobbes and oogy and boogy in another.
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
* [[Bill Watterson]] once said, "People have asked how to play Calvinball. It's pretty simple: you make up the rules as you go."
 
* [[Bill Watterson]] once said, "People have asked how to play Calvinball. It's pretty simple: you make up the rules as you go."
   
* In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are seen playing an obscure combination of croquet, cricket, and baseball. It is unknown whether or not this is a variation of Calvinball, a predecessor to Calvinball, or just another (albeit obscure) game.
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* In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are seen playing an obscure combination of croquet, cricket, and baseball. It is unknown if this is a variation of Calvinball, a predecessor to Calvinball, or just another (albeit obscure) game.
   
 
[[Category:Sports]]
 
[[Category:Sports]]

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Calvinball

A game of Calvinball

Calvinball is a sport invented by Calvin and Hobbes in which you make the rules up as you go along. The game involves sports equipment such as wickets, mallets, and various balls, as well as a volleyball (the "Calvinball").

The one permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can't play it the same way twice (for example, in one game of Calvinball, the goal was to capture your opponent's flag, whereas in a different game of Calvinball, the goal was to score points by hitting badminton shuttlecocks against trees using a croquet mallet). As such, a player may not make any plays they made in a previous game, and any new rule made up by any player must be accepted. Black masks must be work at all times during a game of Calvinball; these are not to be questioned.

Creation

Calvin created the game when he became tired of organized sports. Although the first depicted game of Calvinball followed Calvin's failure to join the baseball team [1], the game appears here in such a complete form that it is likely Calvin and Hobbes had been playing the game for some time before then.

The only hint at the true origin of the game comes from the last Calvinball strip, in which a game of football quickly changes into a game of Calvinball. Calvin remarks, "Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball," suggesting that a similar scenario led directly to the creation of the sport.

Gameplay

Although all games of Calvinball are different, many of them seem to involve a volleyball (the "Calvinball"), masks, and pickets with numbers printed on them.

Key features of various games have included (in approximate order of appearance):

  • Wickets (referred to as "time-fracture wickets" in one game)
  • Soccer balls
  • Flags
  • Masks
  • Small signs with numbers
  • Songs
  • Zones/Sectors
  • The Opposite Pole
  • The No-Song Zone
  • The "Very Sorry Song" (see below)
  • The "Bonus Box"
  • Croquet mallets
  • Badminton shuttlecocks
  • "Vortex spots"
  • The "Boomerang Zone"
  • The Calvinball
  • Trees (as goalposts)
  • Buckets
  • Poems
  • Sacks
  • Odd methods of keeping score (Q to 12, Oogy to Boogy, etc.)
  • The Calvinball theme song (see below)
  • Decrees
  • Water balloons
  • Hobby horses
  • The "Pernicious Poem Place"
  • Bag Flag Zones
  • The Secret Base
  • Slow Motion
  • The Perimeter of Wisdom
  • The Corollary Zone
  • The Baby Sitter Flag

Calvinball theme song

The Calvinball theme song made its only appearance in the penultimate Calvinball storyline. Calvin sings the lead while Hobbes sings backup with "Rumma-Tum-Tums."

"Other kids' games are all such a bore!
They've gotta have rules and they gotta keep score!
Calvinball is better by far!
It's never the same! It's always bizarre!
You don't need a team or a referee!
You know that it's great, 'cause it's named after me!"

After that, Calvin tells Rosalyn to "feel free to harmonize with Hobbes on the 'rumma-tum-tums'".

Quotes

No sport is less organized than Calvinball.

—Hobbes


Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball.

—Calvin


The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can never play it the same way twice!

—Calvin

The score is oogy to boogy.

—Hobbes

The score is still Q to 12!

—Hobbes

The Pernicious Poem

This poem must be recited to another person (it appears to not matter whether or not the other person is a player). It is the penalty for touching the Pernicious Poem Place.

"This is a poem! Please do what you're told! And here is a bucket of water, ice-cold! Please take this water, and dump it on me! Don't hesitate, do it A.S.A.P.!"

The "Very Sorry Song"

In one strip, during a game of Calvinball, Calvin "[steals]" Hobbes' flag, and Hobbes hits him with the Calvinball. As a result, Calvin is required to put the flag back and sing the Very Sorry Song.

The "Very Sorry Song" has two parts, one sung by the player who did the action (the "offender"), and one sung by the player whom the action was done to (the "victim").

Offender Victim
"Here's the 'Very Sorry Songg.' Won't you help and sing alongg?" "Bum bum bum"
"I blew it!" "He's sorry!"
"I knew it!" "So sorry!"
"I'm very very sorry that I took your precious flaaggg!" "Just don't do it any more, you scurvy scalawaaggg!"
Song

Trivia

  • Bill Watterson once said, "People have asked how to play Calvinball. It's pretty simple: you make up the rules as you go."
  • In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are seen playing an obscure combination of croquet, cricket, and baseball. It is unknown if this is a variation of Calvinball, a predecessor to Calvinball, or just another (albeit obscure) game.
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