How To Play:
This toy provides you
with a few pool tables to play with as you see
fit. It's up to you and your co-players to
manually pass the cue stick around, take turns,
and decide what the rules of the game are.
SynPool just provides the table, balls and one
cue stick. Actually there are four tables per
can do the following:
- Click on
one of the four TABLE SELECTORS (upper
left) to switch tables.
- Click and
drag on the table itself to change your
- Click and
drag on the 'handle' box of the poolstick
to aim your shot
- Click and
drag on the 'spring' on the left to
adjust the 'power' of your shot (stretch
it for more power)
- Click on
the button BELOW the spring to shoot.
- Click and
drag on the button ABOVE the spring to
change camera ZOOM
on the board to get a menu of special
- Click and
drag on any ball to return it to the
table or reposition it
on a name in the PLAYER LIST to pass the
cue stick around.
a face in the main window to pass Cue to
recent player on table.
You can't do too much while the balls are still
moving (other than drag the table around and
change your view)
THE RULES OF POOL
Ha, fooled you!
Bet you thought I was going to try to explain the
myriad rule sets by which pool is played on
Planet Earth. Well, no, I decided my web site
wasn't big enough for that. You might try
visiting one of these sites, however
OFFICIAL RULES FOR SYNPOOL
that, here are the rules to the game I played as
a kid. I think it was called "Stars and
and is basically the same as 8-ball, only handles
scratches differently. Basically the 15 balls are
divided into 3 groups: 1-7 (the solids), 9-15
(the stripes), and the 8-ball. You basically try
to AVOID sinking the 8-ball until the very end. Sinking
the 8-ball prematurely makes you LOSE INSTANTLY.
"Breaks" (we will assume you know what
that means. You will want to stretch your spring
way out to break nicely.. don't forget to
unstretch it for the rest of the game,
though...). Players take turns hitting the CUE
BALL into some other balls with the hope of
knocking something in (other than the 8-ball, of
player's goal is to sink all the solids, while
the other player must sink all the stripes. You decide which player
gets which based on who sinks the first ball (if
I am first to sink a ball, and it is a solid,
then I play for the solids team and therefore YOU
play for the stripes team).
accidentally sink one of your balls, you do a
little happy dance but I am not otherwise
punished (other than by handing you the cue stuck
coz my turn ends in that case.) Otherwise, I get to
keep hitting balls so long as I keep knocking in
the right kind. As soon as I fail to knock
anything in, it's YOUR turn.
Sadly, most of
the game is me missing, then you missing, then me
missing again. So the cue stick goes back and
forth a lot. Remember, the POLITE THING TO DO is give the
cue stick to the next player as soon as you
realize your turn is over (you didn't knock any in, or you
knocked in the wrong kind of thing). DOUBLE-CLICK
on their face to hand them the cue (you can only
do this if you HAVE the cue, and the balls have
all come to rest.)
To get your face
up on the screen, you will need to ask someone in
the game to give you the cue at the appropriate
moment (they can do this by RIGHT-CLICKING on
your name in the player list and choosing
"give cue stick to fresh meat"
(assuming your name is Fresh Meat)).
So, let's say I
finish knocking in all my solids (while you still
have 7 stripes on the table)... Well, I do
another happy dance and then enter the terrifying
final phase of the game -- knocking in the
8-ball. The terrifying part is that I have to
tell you first exactly where it is going to be
knocked in. Unlike earlier where I could just
randomly power shot into a mass of balls and hope
I lucked out. I have to say "8
ball in the corner pocket" (and you get to
challenge me if you don't know which corner I
mean). Then I have to knock it into THAT POCKET. If I do, then fabulous!
I do my finally happy dance while typing
"good game" (to look like a good sport)
when really I am jumping around shouting: "I
ownerz joo! loser!"
If I knock it
into the WRONG POCKET... then game over for ME. I
mean YOU WIN. Even with your lousy seven stripes
still on the table. ANY TIME the eight ball
is sunk 'the wrong way' it is GAME OVER. And pity me if I knock
it in CORRECTLY, but accidentally scratch at the
same time. Then I also LOSE LOSE LOSE.
when you knock the cue ball in (that's the
all-white ball). The cue ball is never
supposed to be sunk. Other than the 8-ball shot,
where scratching is instant death, regular
scratching in the middle of the game is not quite
so catastrophic. You lose your turn (hand
over that cue stick, buddy) AND you also pull out
one of the balls you sank before. (whether from this shot
or some earlier one.. and it has to be one of
YOUR balls, not one of the other guys, mister
lawyer kid!). Let's call that the 'punishment
ball' (since I don't know the real name for it).
You put the punishment ball on the table on the
'green spot' (the place where the balls get
cue ball can then be placed anywhere on the table
'behind the line' that the happy player likes (the
happy player being the one who did NOT just
scratch.) The 'line' in question goes through the
'gray spot' on the table. It's the "front
quarter" of the table (the green spot marks
the back quarter of the table).
OK, since we got
to this spot so nicely, I'll tell you how to
break after all. Toss a coin or something (use
the arcadia /dice command maybe?) to pick who
will break. That person then racks the table
(right-click on table, select the appropriate
rack-em-up choice -- use 8-ball for Stars and
Stripes), then places the cue ball somewhere in
the front quarter of the table and whacks it as
hard as possible into the racked mass of balls.
So that's how
you play Stars and Stripes as I remember it from
my youth. That is the OFFICIAL GAME of synPool
for anyone who wants to point to official rules
to play by.
But I encourage
you to play 'real pool' by whatever 'real pool
rules' you can all agree on.
THE REAL RULES OF SYNPOOL
If there really
are any rules for synPool they are these:
- Pass the
stick to the next player at the end of
- Don't grab
the stick in the middle of someone else's
game (ask them to give it to you)
encouraging to other players, not a jerk.
that skill in synPool is different from
skill in Real Pool. It's hard to play by
computer with dinky little pixels and
HOW DO I
WATCH A DIFFERENT TABLE?
In the upper
left are four miniature tables (note that you can
watch the balls move in real time right on the
buttons themselves!) Click on a table button to
switch your main view to that table.
HOW DO I
KNOW WHO IS PLAYING ON A TABLE?
On the upper
right is the arcadian FACE of the person
currently holding the cue stick on that table. If
you just entered the server, that is the only
face you will see. Other faces will appear as
those players get the cue stick and take their
turns in front of you. The order of the faces on
the list shows what order they have held the cue
stick on that table. Hint: Usually you will want
to hand the stick to the BOTTOM face on the list
at the end of your turn.
HOW DO I
GET MY FACE ON A TABLE'S LIST?
face on the list requires that someone hand you
the cue stick for that table (or you grab it
yourself if you are certain the table is idle --
evidenced by the top face being of someone who is
not on the server any more.) You do this by
RIGHT-CLICKING on the name of the person you want
to give the stick to. (currenly anyone can do
this, so be polite). A menu will pop up which
includes the necessary commands.
HOW DO I
GET A FACE OFF OF THE TABLE?
the face itself for a menu which includes a
removal instruction. Note: this just removes it
from YOUR list. Other people have their own
copies of the list. Recap: Give someone the stick
to get their face up there. Cue Stick holder is
always at the top, pushing other faces DOWN as
needed (only four faces on the list max),
right-click menu to remove face of an inactive
MY LASER SIGHT
The laser sight
is enabled by the right-click menu on the main
table. However, the sight only works when you are
alone (solo mode, or alone on the server). The
sight is veerrry powerful and gives you an unfair
advantage over other players. However, it is an
excellent training tool in solo mode. I suggest
(in training), to orient the stick manually
first, then turn on the site and see if it agrees
with you. Then learn from what it says. Also, try
dragging the stick in a full circle while the
site is on and see shots you might otherwise not
have thought to try. Often there is a very simple
bank shot which will be less tricky than trying
to knock the ball in directly.