Small town cheer
A player locates an 8Shot venue through a GPS system. She is a traveller who wanders into a quiet country hotel. With the swipe of her registration card an 8Shot game is activated on the hotel’s billiard table. Her best time is 95 seconds. She is not too worried about beating the world record but is keen to see if her own PB (Personal Best) can be beaten.
There are three other patrons at the bar who take an interest in the game and they cheer as the player has a ‘good one’. The player, who also buys lemonade and a toasted sandwich, pots the balls in 92 seconds to the cheers of the locals.
The game is recorded on the player’s Personal Player’s File (PPF) that is a continuing record of that individual’s performances. For the traveller the PPF is a diary of travels as it records games played in distant venues.
Sunday afternoon – it’s game on
An innovative venue has dedicated Sunday afternoons to 8Shot. The local team consists of 4 players. Team games are played as sets of 8 games where team members play as individuals and as pairs and fours are ‘pumped’ and ready to go.
It’s a community effort. The local bakery has sponsored the team and other businesses have contributed to local prizes. Through the 8Shot database the team has drawn to play another team from the other side of the world. A sizeable crowd has gathered and the atmosphere is electric as the local team players scurry around the table potting balls to the beat of music. It’s a great afternoon, the local team is beaten, but who cares? It was a lot of fun.
It’s down to this
The big day has come. The eighth day of the eighth month. The innaugural World championships held in Sydney, Australia. There are four titles on offer. A player hailing from a suburban venue has won through to represent his country. There is a huge crowd in attendance and the contest is being televised to an audience of millions.
The player steps up and his set of playing balls are placed on the table. There is a hush in the crowd. It has come down to this. The final shoot out. The player activates his game and his favourite playing song begins. The crowd goes wild, cheering on the player as he, with great precision, skill and nerve, sets about making history.