Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”

Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.

Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”

There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Classical Darts vs. Techno-Darts

Dart Arts Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Caveat: I do have a bias and agenda on this article, I am old school steel darts and even tho the advent of techno-darts has a place in the dart community, I still feel it is a detriment to the longevity to the classic dart arts - sigh!

What is classical darts? When I think of classical darts, the Dart Arts, I think of steel tips; I think of strategy; I think of the tactics; think of fluid mathematics; I think of physiokinetics; I think of consistency of action; I think of the OODA; I think of the social interactions; I the of the competitive spirit; I think of the brotherhood of darters; and many other complementary traits that make classical darts, traditional.

What is techno-darts? Modern technically driven darts first instituted in electronic "Soft-tip darts" where a good portion of classical darts is taken away from the darter and provided by the electronic dart board - in short, lazy-darts.

Now, with the tech-revolution the classic steel tip darts world is being absorbed into aversion of electronic darts. The cell phone and its apps are being developed that literally play the best part of the game for you where the darter has to do nothing more then the mechanical part of the dart 🎯 arts. 

It recommends to you choices as you throw each dart and all you do is choose and throw. It even has an on-line community that removes the social aspects and the challenge of competition against a live person is removed so you throw to your home practice board, enter your scores and someone, somewhere in the world, then throws his or her darts and enters their score and whalla, you have a game, a game far removed from the challenges incurred in a live game that make classical darts a challenge. 

It seems that our society is falling off the edge of the social spectrum and that people for one reason or another simply don’t want all the stresses that come with social interactions. They fail to understand that for our species to survive we have to have personal contact at least on the level of the tribe or family and that families survive by their association with other families. Social media allows us to do things, things we normally in social interactions would never do, without the repercussions of close social proximity. There are other more social and critical meanings involved especially in regard to species or social survival, ours. 

Anyway, the process of going techno-darting is going to be a winner in these more social media endeavors and popularity, ease of use and convenience let alone the instant gratifications involved with minimal effort of the mind and body will mean this techno-dart thing will catch on and grow - IT TAKES no REAL EFFORT!

It seems that steel classic dart arts may end up being a small dart art where only the few, often older darters, will gather together, play local games, do the local league darts and not much else. One area that will be missed is the addition to the Olympic Games but as the game is watered down and the effort and challenge is removed for ease of use through technology that dream will die if it has not died already. It would be like making the game of “Clue” an Olympic Sport, NOT!

What's next, a virtual dart board and virtual darts?
Goodbye both steel and soft tip darts?

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