Carpetball Set Up
There are many ways to set up your carpet balls at the beginning of a carpetball game. You'll need to agree with your opponent on how you're allowed to set up your balls before each game.
The dice pattern, the line pattern, and free form are common carpet ball set up patterns.
The pattern of your balls must be similar to the pattern on standard playing dice for the equivalent number of balls. In other words, if you place 5 balls, they must look like a square with one in the middle. If you place three balls, they must be in a straight line at a 45deg angle to the side of the carpetball table, etc.
You can group your dice pattern tightly in one spot, or use the whole width of the table as long as the pattern is symmetrical.
You must place all your balls in a straight line. Your line can be parallel to the side, perpendicular to the side, or at any angle you choose, as long as they are in a straight line
You can place your carpetball balls in any pattern you choose. As with all patterns, you must stay behind your end of the table when placing the ball and you can not move around the end of the table to place them further away from the pit.
Each player places one ball at a time along the centerline of the table. Unlike other carpetball games, with a firing line set up, if you knock you own ball across the centerline it is still in play.
Hold all five balls in the palms of your hands and slowly roll them out of your hands and on to your own end of the carpetball table, the balls stay where they land. You must roll the balls out of your hands, you can not open your hands and just drop them on to the table.
Carpetball is more fun with some variety and creativity, so go ahead and invent some new set up styles. If you find something else that works, let us know so we can try it out on our own carpetball table.
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