Updated on 06.21.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Calvinball Edition

Trent Hamm

For those unfamiliar, Calvinball is a game played in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The game’s rules are made up as the game goes along, with players adding and editing rules along the way, often with the goal of making themselves into the winner.

Lately, I’ve played a lot of Calvinball with my two oldest children. Usually, though, they modify rules and make up rules and I try to exploit them so that I still win.

I actually love doing this. It encourages them to think creatively while also running around and burning energy. It does the same thing for me, too.

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  1. Other Jonathan says:

    I didn’t read any of the links, but just reminding me of the greatest comic strip in the history of the world brought joy to my morning. Thanks!

  2. valleycat1 says:

    Two card games that operate on the Calvinball principle are Fluxx and Killer Bunnies.

    We probably save at least $1K a year with a national park pass, as we live close enough to even take day trips, in addition to my spouse’s frequent hiking/skiing trips year round.

  3. Mister E says:

    Any mention of Calvin & Hobbes gets a thumbs up from this guy.

  4. Debbie M says:

    What are your kids’ favorite rules?

  5. Mike says:

    I’d love to hear more about what rules you are using to play Calvin Ball. Maybe you could outline the basic rules you started with. My boys are about the same age and would love to play. I agree, I’ll click on almost any Calvin and Hobbess post!

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