Posts Tagged yoyo
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Friday Night PRE-BAC Pizza Party!
You will FOR SURE get a new yo-yo with a retail value at $20, but also a very good shot (1 in 20) of a much more expensive yo-yo, all for only $10. Oh, and pizza also…. free pizza…. and knowing JD, Hi Chew also. If I were able to make it, I would be all over this.
The goal is simple. Get to 100 points before your opponent does. Before you start collecting trick points, you need to play a Throw card. You collect points by finalizing your trick. You can finalize after one point card, or many. It all depends on what you are willing to risk!
Game Details –
- 70 Cards – Two players for each deck
- Game designed by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen
- Illustration by Jason Week
- Available at YoYoExpert after the 2012 National Yo-Yo Contest
- First Release at the National Yo-Yo Contest on October 6th at the YoYoExpert table!
For the last
year year and a half (since March 2011) or so I have been developing the game “Throw”. This is a self contained card game (think Munchkin) for 2-4 players. Jason Week has been commissioned to do the art on the card faces and they look great! This was my sample print and it turned out so well I decided to announce the game a bit earlier than I intended to. The logo on the back is temporary, and once the logo is complete the Beta run will be ordered. Beta test sets are being sent out to a few key people (Not accepting testers at this time), and once testing is complete, Throw will be available for retail purchase.
Very very excited!
Demo video of the game in action will come in the next few weeks.
BAMF NASA Astronaut Don Pettit takes MODERN yo-yos with Hubstacks:
werrd? A Cusomized Tom Kuhn TomCat and what looks like a YoYoFactory DNA in SPACE.
Yo-Yo Adventure Teaser ft. 8-bit Humphrey
This may not seem like a huge deal but I felt a real sense of accomplishment with how far it has come. I have been messing around with game creation for a while now and not really getting anywhere. I have always wanted to get into game design. I have dabbled a bit here and there but never really got serious. The last few days I dove deep again and started teaching myself the basics and this is the result. It is very very basic and just a teaser at this point, but someday I hope to make it an actual yo-yo themed adventure game.
Who better to be the Hero in our YoYoSkills adventure than 8-bit Humphrey the 2011 Cal States mascot!
Want to know the 1st place prizes for the 2012 California State Yo-Yo Championship? Based on current sponsor pledges:
1a – $1000
2a – $500
3a – $500
4a – $500
5a – $750
and as more sponsors come on board, these could possibly go up!
Colin Leland recently had an Art Show where he gave artists from varying backgrounds a TMBR Irving and told them to go wild. Here are some of the results!
All of these are for sale at the PlayTmbr website.
This is 10 directions of awesome right here. This artist named Jason Greene take old skateboard decks and recycles them into toys. The items keep the section of board art on them, scratches and all. One of the items he makes is a yo-yo! I am pretty sure this is a fixed wood axle assembly but as an art piece it is a really cool item. Knowing how many yoyoers are also skaters, this guy could have his work bench full for some time.
Here are a few other items that he sells:
His shop is called BoardGames. Hit the link for his shop.
An seen on the Throw Blog, this motorized yo is activated with a snap start and spins for so long’ the yoyoer actually passes it off to another guy. This might change everything.
From the Kicstarter project:
To a significant community, YoYo’s are not just toys that have the power to bring about nostalgia, but are equipment for both competitive sport and art. Every year, these people come together for the World YoYo Contest.
The documentary film, Strings, follows the yoyo community and six players, as they prepare, travel to, and experience the 2010 World Yo-Yo Contest. The contest is a weeklong event in Orlando, Florida and people from all over the world attend. Here, the competition and drama of a contest play out because by the end of the week, only a few participants will be named world champions.
Strings is a character driven documentary. Through individuals’ stories, challenges, and experiences viewers get an inside look not only into these people’s lives, but also to the larger yoyo community as well as themes such as friendship, competition, and passion.
Participants practice hours upon hours prior to their trip to Orlando. Some ignore the competition, and are just in Orlando for social reasons – hoping to maybe do well, but more importantly they are here for the community and unique experience the contest offers. But for others, the competition is what they crave and they are in it to win.
This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to see it. I am in!
To kick in and head on over to Kickstarter and set up a donation.
Yoyo Zone is a documentary research about the wonderful world of YoYo. It’s not only a game, it’s a real lifestyle, made up of people, events and stories to tell.
The documentary shows even the historical, social and cultural point of view of this discipline: a great world contained within a small object.
We will explore the places where yoers meet and follow their rituals and happenings, bringing to light a surprising and smiling movement, made of passion and friendship, where there are no geographical nor age boundaries.
This looks like a very excellent documentary being worked on. I can’t wait to see the final product
I was so worried this was going to end with me falling off the play center but here is proof of concept in a very quick clip. 13 feet string length, and it returns to the hand.
Here is Version 1 at 32 feet of rope – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN0MO8Qurkk
Version 2 working at 70% with 32 feet of rope – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6guYh1TMJs
Dramatically reduced the Gap
Increased the weight
Added weight rings
Thanks to the Lincoln Fire Department for letting me use the Training Tower.
There is no way throw a yo-yo this size and weight hard enough to get it to return all the way back to the hand, so My goal was to get it to return at least 70%. I think I accomplished that (and a little bit more).
I think if I was on a Crane and didn’t have to try to keep the yo-yo from hitting the side of the structure, it might have come up farther.
This is the final version.
Worlds Largest Handheld Yo-Yo (v2.0)
Artist: Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
Song: We No Speak Americano
This project was 2 months in development. For 2 weeks I drew up the plans and found the materials, and then in August Gunter (Splugen on YoYoSkills.com) and I found time to build it. Then, for 6 weeks we looked for a location to film the throw. One day it dawned on me that the Worlds Largest Handheld Yo-Yo would feel right at home next to Tom Kuhn’s Worlds Largest Wood Yo-Yo at the National Yo-Yo Museum at Bird in Hand in Chico California. While I was there, I saw that the Parking Garage had top level access and so it was decided. In the middle of YoYo Club, My experiment was itching to be dropped.
Yes, I know that it is not perfect, but it was all for the pure joy of yo-yo fun. I could not have asked for a better time.
And also Yes, I realize that there is currently no “Largest Handheld Yo-Yo” world record but I don’t care, I am claiming it so… THERE IS NOW!
Music – Kids (MGMT 8bit Cover) by Dr. Zilog
UPDATE: Version 2.0 Video now Live
This version has more weight and a thinner gap. It reached my goal of 70% return with a 30 foot string
and then, just to proove the yo-yo would return 100% to the hand, I shot this video with a 13 foot string.
Best song about a yo-yo using a Ukelele.
She has a really nice voice. 5 points if you respond to her video with a freestyle using her song.
Jensen Kittmitt won the 2010 World Yo-Yo Contest. This is news that everyone already knows. There is something more amazing that just Jensen’s World Yo-Yo Contest win. A fact that I don’t think enough people either don’t know or just are not talking about. Here it is:
Jensen Kimmitt had a “Perfect Year”
In the 2010 season (Which starts after WYYC in August), Jensen competed in 7 contests all over the world. From giant invitation only contests like 44 Clash competition in Japan, to the smaller California State Yo-Yo Championship in Sacramento, Jensen competed in 7 championship level contests and took every single one of them.
So what does this mean? Basically, the Canadian citizen Jensen Kimmitt is the simply the Undisputed 2010 Yo-Yo Champion. Every contest he attended he conquered. You would think that a champion of this magnitude would be cocky or arrogant, but having met Jensen on multiple occasions, shared talks of industry directions over pizza, and exchanged correspondence helping him promote his Canadian Web Store ModernYoYoing.com, I can say without a doubt that Jensen is one of the most humble, easy going, and approachable yoyo professionals currently in the competition circuit.
I have collected all of Jensen’s freestyles from the 2010 season, most in High Definition, for your viewing pleasure after the jump.
Professional competitive World Champion Yo-Yoer, self starter business man, part time illustrator, bogarder of Parmesan cheese….. and heck of a nice guy, here is a look back at Jensen Kimmitts 2010 “Perfect Season”
There is some confusion to how the Loop 900 works. It does not move the spacer, it moved the axle nut which makes the gap thinner or wider.
What really matters is that YoYoFactory has delivered on one of the most genius axle systems I have ever seen. This is the culmination of adjustable gap. The Loop 900 is amazing. It is exactly what I have been looking for in a 2a yo-yo and is the tool I need to work on my 2a skills.
Thank you YoYoFactory
Inspired by OkGo, Jackson Pollock, and pizza that was one day too old.
This yo-yo experiment has had me buzzing for the last 2 weeks.
A HUGE thank you to YoYoGuy.com who donated 4 Clear FHZ’s and Mariano Blaco who sent me 2.
6 Clear FHZ’s, Paint, Canvas, and FINALLY a day without wind or rain.
Paint by YoYo – Yo-Yo Experiments – Episode 3
And the Stills if you are interested:
There have been a few requests for a Tut for this trick.
I created this trick a few months ago.
c-cow-b stands for Crazy Corkscrew Opens Wine Bottle, which was the name that my editor on YoYoSkills.com gave it when I showed him.
Ed Haponik helped be shorten it to c-cow-b.
Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen