Readers, reviewers, and even those coming to this site have spoken, and I’m listening: They want more shotball content, so I’m definitely more than happy to give it to them. I’ll be honest; I didn’t intend a simple subplot to provide a break from the work’s tension to be a hit, but then again, when doesn’t a good sport, fiction or non-fiction, entertain the masses.
So for that, I’m making a little project out of this called the Encyclopedia of Shotball, and I want to begin with the game’s origins both here in the real world, and of course, in Gaia.
So, let’s get cracking on how the sport that found its way into Lord of Columbia came to be.
Last week, I went over the South Columbian Complexes so this time around, the six North Columbian Complexes are up and raring to go. Today, we’re talking about teams whose members hail from North Columbia, many of whom residing in the same region after the end of each school year.
This might give the North teams bigger advantages, however history has shown that when it comes to wins, losses, and championships, they’re almost as even as their South Conference counterparts.
As I stated in a previous article, Harry Potter had a lot to do with the influences behind Lord of Columbia and Northern Knights in terms of Libertarianism, but it also gave me sort of an idea regarding turning the four Houses into eleven Complexes along with a twelfth commuting team.
Yeah, I needed more than four because I wanted it to kind of resemble the early NFL, which had fourteen teams prior to 1966, but I felt the original fourteen to sixteen was too much.
Anyway, in terms of sports such as shotball, I wanted it to resemble a collegiate/professional sports league, giving the Summit University League the name Summit Shotball League, or SSL, which was inspired by the National Football League, or NFL.
In the SSL, we have two conferences: the North Conference, which is made up of players and residents coming to Summit from North Columbia. There are five Complexes in the North, again with the sixth team being full of commuters. Then, we have the South Division, which we will cover today.
The South is made up of Santos, Leistung, Obranca, Vojaci, Kriger, and Arbete.
For those who’ve been following this blog since its inception, I decided to incorporate a game called shotball, whose rules I initially wrote up back in 2009 when I was eighteen years old, pretty much in protest of NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell’s increased crackdown on defenses in the NFL.
So, before Lord of Columbia was even thought of, I designed rules to a new game and pretty much forgot about it throughout my college days when I started writing the first drafts of the series way back in 2010 before shelving the project and writing about it only occasionally between late-2012 and July 2015, when I decided to turn the work into a project.
As mentioned in my influences article I created a sport termed shotball, a mixture of American and Association Football, Rugby Union, and Hockey. While it’s going to be a while before shotball becomes the greatest sport in the world someday, this is an interesting game that can be played in a variety of ways.
While many might believe I created shotball as a direct influence from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, which brought us Quidditch, the true story is I wrote down the rules for the sport long before the Lord of Columbia Series was even thought of.