A playable version of Eschaton
February 25, 2010 11:16 AM   Subscribe

A playable version of Eschaton
Use tennis balls and other household items to simulate nuclear war with your friends!

Inspired by the Eschaton section of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, I sat down and worked out rules to make a version that people in the real world could play without being tennis prodigies or having carts full of computers. Rules available on a webpage and as a PDF download.
posted by COBRA! (10 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by Lutoslawski on February 26, 2010: No Computer Carts Required!

Neat! I'd like to see photos taken of people playing the game, interspersed with the rules.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:33 PM on February 25, 2010

Oh hell yes.
posted by cortex at 2:45 PM on February 25, 2010

posted by louche mustachio at 3:00 PM on February 25, 2010

I'm trying to get a game together to take the rules out for a spin, and you better believe I'll take pictures. As far as that goes, I should go to the site and add a request for pics from other people who play.
posted by COBRA! at 3:14 PM on February 25, 2010

Next, can you make a version of the game that does require carts full of computers?
posted by grobstein at 3:41 PM on February 25, 2010

Oh fuck yes.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:27 AM on February 26, 2010

Oh, and if anyone plays a game in Portland, please invite me so I can sit on the sideline and smoke a joint.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:30 AM on February 26, 2010 [3 favorites]

posted by louche mustachio at 12:07 PM on February 26, 2010


Photos to come, I hope.

Mad thanks and respect to COBRA! and all who made it happen.


Infinite Jest 4-eva.
posted by FrauMaschine at 7:07 AM on April 5, 2010

(I represented Hal, with Bob Hope, Gatorade, peanuts, and glass.)

(I also represented DFW in my feeble way, rocking a head-bandanna in tribute.)

Thanks again, COBRA! We must do it again sometime.
posted by FrauMaschine at 7:08 AM on April 5, 2010

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