This neat little game introduces players to 44 different knots, then tests them on tying these as quickly and accurately as possible to win points. Each playing card in the deck features a different knot, its name and use, and a point value. As soon as a knot card is turned over, players race to be the first to tie the knot and then toss it in the center of the player's circle. If the knot is tied correctly, the player wins the card. If two players "tie" (no pun intended), then the card is replaced in the deck to be used later.
The small game includes knot cards, a rule card, two lengths of nylon cord and two small wooden "posts" which is enough for two players. However, you can add more players by supplying more cord and some round sticks or blocks. Several additional cards explain the importance of knots, the strengths of different knots and the parts of a rope. Although knot-tying books abound, the competition, speed, and variety of knots in this game will definitely promote memorization of the knots for practical use - or for the next round of play! - Jess