“Everybody makes their own fun. If you don’t make it yourself, it isn’t fun. It’s entertainment.” –Ann Black, from State and Main.
I would love to see a collection of the games invented by children around the world. My brother and I invented “Hammerheads,” in which two people in a body of water hold their hands together behind their backs and swim underwater at each other as fast as possible. When your heads collide, whoever has more momentum at the point of collision, thus pushing the other backwards slightly, wins the round. It never really caught on.
But watching these kids play what seemed to amount to dodgeball with rocks was entertaining. They giggled uproariously as they hurled sizeable stones at one another.
There are some sports or games that I can see replacing a ball with a rock in desperate times. Baseball, for example. I think volleyball would prove extremely challenging but the threat level still seems relatively low. “Kill the Guy with the Ball” (one of my favorite names for a game ever) is feasible as long as you follow the original rules and don’t misinterpret the grammar of the name of the game. Perhaps “Kill the Guy Holding the Rock” would be a sensible name change. Otherwise it could accidentally just turn into a stoning, and who wants that?