The financing and immediate future development of this website depends on sales of my Two Minute Warning American Football Game available on the "Contact" page.
Initially this is only available by mail order in a trial version to ascertain strengths and weaknesses.
Design and packaging costs have been kept to an absolute minimum; if nothing else for environmental reasons. Down the line, I hope we can develop various alternatives for marketing and commercial opportunities including an electronic version.
It might seem strange why anyone would wish to invest in, let alone purchase a stone-age type card game in the digital age. But time and time again the lesson has been reinforced that whilst electronic versions have their place, nothing beats the attraction of the cut and thrust of interaction across a games table.
As the product is launched I foresee four main markets:
1. For traditional game play perhaps developing into tournaments as more and more people play the game.
2. As a general educational tool to help build confidence with cognitive skills, number handling, time management and game analysis building on some of the fundamentals seen in the Educational Downloads section.
3. As a specific educational facility for home tutors to use as a basis for some of their teaching; all the way from number recognition and arithmetic to logic, basic probability and decision making.
4. To help older people maintain their interest in number handling.
A separate page of this website has been set aside explaining the background and concepts of the 2MW game whilst another features downloads of rules and scoresheets.
The world has moved on with the coming of the digital age, but the importance of numbers remains as fundamental as ever. We cannot all be expert Loss Adjusters or claim to understand more than the basics of our Pension Funds, but we all need a knowledge of numbers to some degree, if only working out a basic household budget. And this is where 2MW.co.uk comes in.
I would like to develop a web concept rather than a web site where people can go to download practice sheets to help develop confidence and awareness in number handling for use in their daily lives.
I want to extend my passion of numbers, and that of others in time, so that you can get used to comparing imperial and metric measurements, work out probability and averages, as well as easily interchange between percentages and fractions.
Then next time you go to the supermarket, you'll find it easier to work out the best value for money or how fatty or sugary your prospective purchases are. Or when you receive a utility bill, you'll be able to understand how much it is costing per week or per month.
Additions to Passer Rating with new examples to calculate. Overtime Rule re-written Passer Rating expanded and option with some example answers provided.
Long Division added, for practice without using a calculator
Learning with Dice (initial upload; minor update July 22nd)
Exotic Dice - 4, 8, 10, 12 and 20-sided (including 1-20 and percentage). Minor alteration to Educational Downloads 01 to include using 12-sided dice for a basic game to help learn and revise the 12-times table
Minor Full Rules changes and clarifications. Index reissued. Distribution added including Questions and a Task; principally using 2MW deals
Addition of Kick-off analysis and an Interception summary table
Minor edits to Full and Simplified Timing versions. Rushing on 4th Down for a TD; with LofS 2-5 only exact, or up to Yc5 where applicable can score
Updated Contact details and Legal Stuff regarding sale of the 2MW Game. Addition of Strategy and outline of Scores-Tied-Leads analysis
The Lucy Dedication Game, or The Lucy Bowl, added to 2MW Downloads
Elements of Tactics added and minor revision to Full Rules. Number and Conversion files revised and updated
Changes to Full Rules including interception return in range Def 1-10 after 2MW/LFM. Index reissued. Conversion updated
Evolution of Coin Toss, Kick off option and Homefield Advantage over 150 games.
Basic Maths file expanded and updated
Full Rules overhauled. New restrictions and variants using MPrYc rushing on 3rd Down, and Ptoc used as Yc after 2MW/LFM
Back-to-Back rule limiting successive use of PrYc rushing simplified and completely rewritten. Version number Full Rules now in format YY.MM+issue number for month
Full Rules updated again. Probability of starting Defense cards (Dc) in a Quarter added
Football, Cricket and American Football Data all updated for new tasks in Averages
Onside Kick rule rewritten.
Some significant upgrades to the Full Rules to hopefully boost competitive balance
First version of the RGB Colour project added
Starting to upload full 100 Game statistics (2MW Statistics) for numeracy practice
Three new RGB Charts each of six tables with the colour channels in 20% steps
TDC and FDC in progress being changed to 3DnC and 4DnC respectively
Athletics project has been added with tables for Women's Heptathlon and Men's Decathlon
Full Rules updated with LofS for Punt option now more tightly defined
The FAQ file has been updated. Several small but significant changes to Full Rules
Full Rules updated in January and March. Updated Timings and Interception Table added
Ever since I can remember I have been passionate about numbers. From an early age I learnt to tell the time, in no small measure due to my late mother who reinforced a timely routine from an early date and engaged an early interest in numeracy, principally thanks to "Listen With Mother" on BBC Radio, which in those distant days started at a quarter to two.
But it was cricket that really got me going on the numbers game, thanks again to the BBC, with both their radio and TV coverage. This introduced me to such cricketing greats as Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Cowdrey, Raymond Illingworth, Alan Knott and Derek Underwood. And not forgetting, particularly on the radio, some truly wonderful commentators including Brian Johnson and the peerless John Arlott. Just like the knowledgeable Vin Scully of Los Angeles Dodgers fame, they didn't really need the assistance of a colour commentator or summariser - they simply provided their own much of the time; I can still remember the impact on Arlott's voice when England scored 22 off the first two overs of a Test Match - I forget against whom - as if it was something akin to the end of Civilisation as we knew it.
To placate my love of numbers, whilst still at primary school, I devised a simple solo cricket game, a bit like Patience, and made a scoreboard with numbers on strips of light card poked through slots in a thicker piece of card, then taped into loops. The number of overs were scaled down and perhaps inspired by "beer" matches that local teams used to play when formal games finished early, the then 60-over-a-side one day format was scaled back to 20. Had I but known it, it could have been the invention of T20 cricket, but for me it was simply a device to generate numbers; rudimentary statistics, from which I could calculate individual and team battling and bowling averages, run rates, run rates required, knock-out tournaments, series and tables to my heart's content.
Of course cricket was not enough and other interests were needed. History helped a little, directly, and a lot indirectly with wargaming, which introduced me to the wonderful world of multi-sided dice including the percentage variation. Then I got hooked on horse racing, which soon taught me gambling was a mugs game, but the sport itself proved addictively exciting. True, my interest in the Flat has waxed and waned over the years, but National Hunt has remained strong throughout, in no small measure thanks to the element of continuity from one year to the next and a relatively short peak season from mid-October to the Cheltenham Festival in March, where all the major Championship races are held.
It was the fledgling Channel 4 in the 1980s that responsible for what happened next. Not so much "Countdown", though I claim to have once worked a numbers game inside 30 seconds that defeated even Carol Vorderman. No, it was American Football; a sport even more physically dangerous than National Hunt, which furnished plenty more numbers for statistical analysis.
Even my Dad, never the biggest fan of watching sport, was impressed by the skills of Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers, the team which dominated in those years, and their quarterback, a certain Joe Montana whom he called "Old Blue Eyes". And when it wasn't on the TV, then one had to struggle with the vagaries of radio atmospherics trying to catch games on the Armed Forces Network...