Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 23:06:54 -0400
From: mike marks (
Subject: scully

back in the 60's we played a game called scully using bottle caps. i was wondering if anybody knows the real rules , how to make the board and if there are regulation size boards ? or if you ever herd about it . if so i would appreciate feed back

mike marks

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 17:21:40 -0800
From: Jesse Burgheimer
Subject: Answer to a July Query -- 'Scully' game

I have some info for Mike Marks, as well as anyone else who cares, about the game that I loved as a kid, 'Scully'.

I'm trying to revive it myself, and I still can't get enough info on it to teach it to anyone. All I know is this:

Scully is a game played on a sidewalk and uses a small, drawn-out court about 3 x 3 feet in area. Each player needs a personal Scully 'chip,' which are actually bottle caps placed top side down.

(Our Scully chips were made with melted crayon in the dish of the bottle cap, which not only helped identify each seperate players' chip, but added weight, friction, and leverage to the chip, as well as a chance to get creative.)

The Scully court had this square shape (I believe):

|1 |    |5 | 7|    | 3|
|--()   -------    ---|
|     S C U L L Y     |
|      ________       |
|___   |\XXXX/|    ___|
|12|   |X\__/X|    |11|
|--|   |X|13|X|    |--|
|10|   |X/--\X|    | 9|
|---   |/XXXX\|    ---|
|      --------       |
|                     |
|___    _______    ___|
|4 |    |6 | 8|    | 2|

...And you would basically place your Scully chip (the bottle cap) on the circle near the 1 box, and 'shoot' it (flick it across the ground with index or middle finger) into the number 2 box. The best shoot should get the chip inside the box, like a golf green.

You would repeat this in numerical order up to 13, which is surrounded by a game-forfit zone (We called it 'No Man's Land' -- you don't want to land there!). Upon landing on the coveted 13 box, you must then travel back through each number down to 1, where the game ends.

Each player shoots their chips sequentially, so the sooner you land each chip into the next box, the better. The first player to send their chip from box 1 to 13 and back to 1 again is the winner.

It's a game best enjoyed in numbers -- like poker, four is the general number of players. But it can still be played solitarily, with one person shooting the Scully chip for practice, skill, or just amusement.

I hope this answers your questions about Scully. Truthfully, I just told you all I know about the game, and trying to research it is like trying to dig a tunnel with a paper clip -- it's next to impossible!!!

I tried doing a search for it on the internet, but I ran into to nothing but X-Files stuff, which ironically, the female character has the name Scully. I just might make a Scully game web page, because, as far as I can tell, it doesn't exist on the Internet!

Please e-mail me if you have some Scully knowledge to share...

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Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 20:54:39 -0400
From: J Marino (
Subject: scully on

I'm in hunt of the same thing - rules for scully.

I remember, having played the game on the East Coast (Brooklyn, NY) in the late 60's and eqarly 70's. I always wondered if it was a New York game like Jihnny on the pony and stick ball.

Any feedback on scully rules yet? I can only recall the chalk drawn board (on the street) with nine circles and shooting your bottle cap at the other player's caps to knock them out of position and advance your position in the game. Sort of like croquet.

- Joe

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