A Comprehensive Rule Book to Pop Culture’s Fictional Games

Calvinball, Calvin and Hobbes

2+ players, all ages


Other kids’ games are all such a bore!
They’ve gotta have rules and they gotta keep score!
Calvinball is better by far!
It’s never the same! It’s always bizarre!
You don’t need a team or a referee!
You know that it’s great, ’cause it’s named after me! — Calvinball Theme

The rules of Calvinball are pretty easy to define — because, well, there are none. Those are up to you. Just get in a wide space with a ball and start shouting out random rules; you’ll get the hang of it. According to Calvin, it’s much better than baseball.

What You’ll Need:


1 Calvinball — any kind of ball, but often a volleyball

Anything else you decide is necessary to your Calvinball experience (see above comic for inspiration)

Game Play:

“No sport is less organized than Calvinball!” — Hobbes

Calvinball can never be played with the same rules twice. Make up said rules as you go along. How you win is up to you, and such is the glory of Calvinball.