Future Sports

bioreplica's picture
April 10, 2008 - 2:57pm
Well its that time of the year again. The Stanley cup is at stake. Who will it be?
I'm a Canadians fan (GO! Habs* GO!) myself.

But that got me thinking. What about sports in the SF RPG? Any reference?
Have you created a «new» sport for your adventures in space?

1- Space ship race (obvious)
2- Illegal arena fighting (a must)
3- «input your suggestion here»

*Hockey history : «Habs» refers to a time when the Montreal Canadian was called «Les Habitants» or if you like «The Residents (?sounds funny in english?)».
«Language is a virus from outer space» William S. Burroughs

SmootRK's picture
April 10, 2008 - 3:20pm
Think Yazirian Jai-Alai, but in a low-G arena built in 3 dimensions... hoops, rings, swings, parallel bars, etc. for moving around... throwing some sort of discus type object.

Vrusk play a game like 3d chess (boring).

Robot Wars taken to a new level.

What would an Iron Man race be like on some alien worlds.

What kind of skater-style devices would exist in the future?  hover-boards.  Frictionless boots.  Extreme Jet-wing obstacle courses.  Think Future of X-Games!

Dralasites like reality-games like "Last Comic Standing" and for some weird reason really like to watch "Dancing with the Stars" and "Frontier Idol"
<insert witty comment here>

elpotof's picture
April 11, 2008 - 2:23am

I invented a board game back in the late eighties which involved a team of ships travelling through a series of industrial sized clear tube systems trying to score points via a projectile into a ‘goal’ area (It was basically like the death star run). The ships would consist of attackers and defenders, who used live weaponry to disable/kill the enemy. Each team also had a base to operate from, to provide resupply, arming and first aid where needed, and substitutions, so the team also had to defend this from the other team. Even the crowds could take part in specialised firing posts. There were also some instance where the fans could invade the tubes and take matters into there own hands! It worked out quite well for a school project. This might be a good base for a galactic sport.


 BTW it was called ‘Tube Wars’ – not the most original name I admit.

Oghma's picture
April 11, 2008 - 7:01pm
How about a survival race where teams or individuals are dropped on un-inhabited continents and have to navigate themselves from point to point.  They could be given, or be able to find during the competition various types of equipment.

Imperial Lord's picture
Imperial Lord
April 12, 2008 - 2:51pm
Yazirian Spider Boxing of course!

In a clear cylindrical dome, two fighters meet to do unarmed battle.  Clear ropes (they are made of special clear flexplastics that do not obstruct viewing) are suspended from the roof of the four story dome.  Fighters score points by swinging on the ropes and getting hits as they pass by.  Gliding hits are worth double points.  Hits that cause the fighter to fall to the padded floor accrue bonus points. 

Fighters can duke it out on the padded floor, but no points are scored for hits there.  Only a knockout produces a win on the floor.  Punches and kicks are permitted, but there are rules against dirty manuevers. Otherwise, the most points at the end of a given number of 5 minute rounds wins the bout.  Injuries from falls are rare, but if the fighter is incapacitated from such a fall, he loses (TKO.)

Spider Boxing is the most popular sport among the Yazirians.  It is also popular among humans (although they do not compete in it).  The sport is also a huge opportunity for networking among Yazirian Clans.  Often informal legislation is negotiated at these events - the Yazirians call these deals "From the Arena".  They are then later turned into formal laws. 

Yazirian politicians and leaders will sometimes suspend regular legislative processes and conclude by saying "This will be settled in the Arena."  In ancient times, this was a challenge to actual combat.  Today it is quite different - rather a challenge to settle the issue in the context of this most revered sport through sacred communications.

Seating is determined by Clan membership and some large Clans host their own tournaments.  The most important part of the matches are not the actual fights themselves, but the Opening Ceremony where the Arena Herald announces the Clans and their leadership that are in attendance.  These announcements are according to a strict hierarchy which the Herald and his staff will prepare for hours to make sure that all of the ranks, titles, and Clans are announced properly and in the right order.  Heralds that make the slightest mistakes are shamed and sometimes even fired.  The Host Clan is always announced first, followed by other Clans, in order of their prestige.  Only after all Yazirians are announced does the Herald announce special guests of other Races.  This last part is just a courtesy and does not have the same importance as the Yazirian part of the announcement.

Yazirians are NEVER late for this ceremony, as missing the recognition of the Clan leaders is such an embarrassing insult that the Yazirian in question cannot honorably attend.  Better to watch outside at a bar.

Fine food (including delicious live juicy spiders) and tremendous amounts of alcohol are served at these events.  Gambling is also common, with odds and purses posted on electronic boards all around the arena, outside of the fighting area.  The better seats in the arenas have arm rest computers for this purpose.  All arenas have "luxury boxes" and other such amenities that you would expect at a modern sports venue today. 

Spider Boxing was considered a blessed activity by the Enlightened Brothers, who saw it as another means to temper Clan rivalry without open violence.  The Opening Ceremony was developed to assure that all adequate and proper honor is distributed among the leaders in attendance.  It is actually from ancient Yazirian religious traditions of inter-Clan peaceful meanings and retains that signifigance to this day.  All Arena Heralds must also be Yazirian religious ministers.

Once the matches begin, the wheeling and dealing among the Clan leaders takes place.  Intermediaries run from box to box with messages, and Clan leaders hold negotiations through these lower ranked messengers.  Messages are written in a special formal language, with ancient roots and use of revered symbols.  Electronic, more informal communication also plays its part, but never with the Clan leaders.  It is considered improper for one Clan leader to go into another Clan leader's box, unless the leader from the other Clan does so as a mark of total subservience.  If a Clan leader is not happy with the negotiations, a common phrase is: "My liege is now watching the match and cannot consider this proposal at this time."  Translation: "Your proposal is so ridiculous that I would rather watch two of our brethren beat the crap out of each other than listen to your nonsense."

Other business leaders also make deals at these events, but in a much more informal way.  Spider Boxing events are very much places "to be seen" in Yazirian society.  Tickets are highly prized, and can go for enormous sums.  Spider Boxing champions and contenders are interstellar celebrities and are highly regarded among Yazirians.  Clan members will often mention their past champions during normal conversations, or even during introductions.  Knowledge of these past champions is a fundamental part of Yazirian Clan education.

The big matches are Holo-televised around the Known Galaxy. 

Oghma's picture
April 12, 2008 - 5:55pm
Very nice Imperial Lord!

bioreplica's picture
April 13, 2008 - 3:06pm
Adding social relevance to a sport. Very astute Imp.
This entry could go into the CORE FOUR project.
«Language is a virus from outer space» William S. Burroughs

bioreplica's picture
April 13, 2008 - 3:02pm
SmootRK wrote:
Robot Wars taken to a new level

Yep, I like that. This would most certainly be a human game. A 3D hunting game in a closed labyrith. Viewers would have the possibility to switch to different points of views including the robots eyes.
«Language is a virus from outer space» William S. Burroughs

jedion357's picture
May 4, 2024 - 8:11am
Oghma wrote:
Very nice Imperial Lord!
Yes Imperial Lord's Spider Boxing post is super useful 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!