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0547: Planning Permission in Beach Episode 9th Mar, 2020
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0547: Planning Permission
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Mel Cormac
Ken: You can do it your way, or the right way.
Seth: I choose MY way!
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Microraptor
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Microraptor
Ken: "Ah, my castle is finally done, and it is way more impressive than Seth's!"
Rock: *crashes into Ken's castle*
Ken: * looks over to Seth's castle, sees that it has a tiny catapult out of driftwood on its roof*
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Seth: You thought this was a competition?

THIS IS WAR!!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I could see him trying that. What I have more difficulty imagining is Seth making a good enough catapult with found materials to go more than a yard (if even all of one yard). Maybe he could do it if he cheats by using a slingshot he dresses up with extra twigs and string to look like a catapult. That would be pretty obvious though, wouldn't it? I wonder, would Seth go so far as to cheat at cheating, or would he instead sulk because his cheating didn't work?

(For anybody from the majority of the world that did not grow up with English archaic measurements, a yard is a little more than 9/10ths of a metre.)
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Most likely Seth, in attempting to cheat and failing, somehow knocks down his own sandcastle.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Oy, the impermanence of the medium is an important part of the experience. Using stone in your construction, even if only at the foundation level, is muddle-headed overreach that breaks the rules as much as trying to attack the opponent's castle with an improvised catapult. Is Ken not enough of an art student to get this?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I imagine Ken going over a list of ground rules before they begin the competition, including whether non-sand items are allowed, and what counts as a legal material for sandcastle building, to make sure even if he is cheating, the option for both of them to cheat in that way is there, and Seth sits there not listening to a single word.
Thracecius
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Thracecius
If it's meant to be an "official" competition in any capacity, then I agree there should be ground rules, but if you're just going for "fun" competition...eh, so long as you don't get stupid and stick to things like sand, driftwood, shells and such, I think it should be fine. :)

Now I want to see what they come up with so I can "judge" for myself!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
"Rules help control the fun!"
anonymous coward (Guest)
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"control the fun"

I know there are legitimate reasons to combine those words in that order. Mostly they have to do with drunks or other irresponsible people making messes and breaking things. Still, I was struck by the parallel between the idea of controlling the neutron flux in a nuclear reactor with controlling the fun in a party to make it interesting enough without accidentally going supercritical and making a huge mess.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Mostly quoting Monica Gellar. I'm more of a "if it's more fun to ignore the rules, throw that rule book out" kind of person. That's how I ended up co-inventing Urban Dictionary Scrabble, where any word is allowed if it's in Urban Dictionary. The best and most filthy game of Scrabble I ever played.
JammyTheBirb
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JammyTheBirb
As George R R Martin once said, some people are architects, others are gardeners... Seth may well end up surprising Ken!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
True! Not everyone needs to plan ahead!