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RampShot

Posted by Dave On December - 9 - 2014

Ramp Shot Featured

Often times we come across tailgating games that can be considered relaxing like Cornhole or Ladder Toss and others that are quite strenuous like the most recently reviewed, Slammo. We recently discovered a game called RampShot that falls somewhere in the middle between relaxing and strenuous.

Now that you have seen how RampShot is played, here are some aspects you may want to consider while taking it tailgating. Many times people need a break from playing because they want to get another beer or have some food. RampShot’s “odd man out” allows for a quick break to grab a beer, scarf a hot dog or say hi to those new arrivals that may have come by while you were playing.

The portability of RampShot is good in that both ramps can be stacked one on top of the other for ease of storage and transport in your tailgating vehicle. In regards to playing surfaces, RampShot would be best played in tailgating environments that have grass. You could play it on asphalt parking lots but take it easy on those errant bounces that would require a dive to catch.

RampShot is patent pending at the moment and was designed and developed by a physical education teacher, Joshua Bonventre, along with his good friend, Kevin Texeira. Both Josh and Kevin are big fans of cornhole and Kan Jam and anything related to BBQ’s and tailgating.

As we do with all of the products we review here on TailgatingIdeas.com, we personally were sent a sample of RampShot so that we could test it out in a real tailgating environment. The thing we liked most about RampShot was the game includes three people on every play which keeps players engaged. Games like cornhole, the two players on the opposite end are just standing around waiting for their turn to throw the bags. The uniqueness of the game in which points can be earned by tossing as well as catching makes it rather different compared to other “traditional” tailgating games.

After testing out RampShot we are going to give it the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval.

For more information or to get a set of RampShot for yourself, visit: rampshot.com

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Pounce Game Review

Posted by Dave On December - 3 - 2014

Pounce Game
Many times when we post about a product or a game that is currently undergoing a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, we do not have the opportunity to test the product. Normally these entrepreneurs are seeking funding because they do not have the upfront capital to have samples available for testing and review. We mention this because we were lucky enough to personally sample the game Pounce before they started their Kickstarter campaign.

Pounce is a simple and fun, fast-paced skill-based game involving hand eye coordination, team work and can be played by anyone of all ages. Combining elements of the drinking games quarters and beer pong, the simple object is to bounce a ping pong ball into a cup before your opponent can block you. Before we get into the nuance of the game Pounce, take a look at their Kickstarter video.

As you can see in their Kickstarter video they have been producing Pounce on their own and funding will help take it to the next level. If their desired funding level is reached, the game specifics will not change but will be easier to mass produce. Take a look at the “How to Play Pounce” instructional video to understand the pace and game play of Pounce.

As you can see from the video, even with three players, the game is rather fast-paced and is quite fun. If you were to take Pounce tailgating, all you would need is a flat surface and you are playing Pounce. Any utility table or even a Beer Pong table you would take tailgating would be the prefect surface to play Pounce.

Prior to the makers of Pounce getting on Kickstarter, we tried out Pounce for ourselves. We found we had to channel our days of playing quarters back in college to gain some skill in the game of pounce. Unlike in beer pong where you bounce the ball harder to reach the cups at the other end, Pounce bounces are shorter and require a little more finesse.

Another aspect of Pounce we enjoyed is that all ages can play. Obviously beer pong excludes the under 21 crowd but we played pounce with my six year old and eight year old kids. Lastly, we also tailgate with Jeremy McGhee who is in a wheelchair. Although Jeremy has overcome incredible odds and participates in numerous sports, some tailgating games can be exclusionary to people with disabilities. Pounce is a great game for someone like Jeremy.

After testing and playing Pounce for ourselves in a real tailgating environment, we are going to give pounce the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. The compact size makes it perfect to place in your tailgating kit and the opportunity for many people of all ages and skill levels to play it, makes it a great tailgating game.

We would encourage anyone who is interested in playing this game for yourself to visit the Pounce Kickstarter campaign page and contribute to the effort. As of post time they have 28 days left in their funding campaign and they are already off to a good start.

Slammo

Posted by Dave On October - 28 - 2014
Slammo played on a beach or at a tailgate party

Slammo can be played on a beach, backyard, park or at a tailgate party

It seems as though tailgating games have evolved to include combining two or more games and creating a new one. Add Slammo to the list of tailgating games that takes aspects of one game to make an entirely new game.

Slammo is a two-on-two volleyball style game. Teams have three hits (or less if they choose) to return the ball by bouncing it off a circular net that is ankle high on the ground. Unlike volleyball, instead of hitting the ball over a net, players hit the ball off a trampoline type net. The same player can not hit the ball twice in a row like in volleyball. If the ball hits the ground or one team fails to get the ball back to the net in three hits or less, the team that last hit the net gets a point. Teams can only score when they are the serving team and normally games will play to 21 points. For an abbreviated game, play to 11 points.

In Slammo, there are no out of bounds like in volleyball. This is a complete 360 degree game in that teams do not have to hit the ball off the net in a certain direction. Hit the ball as hard as you like to make it travel further away from the opponent to increase your chances of scoring points. You can use all parts of your body in Slammo to get the ball to your teammate or onto the net as long as the player does not hit the ball twice in a row.

Slammo is similar to the game Spikeball*. One of the main advantages of Slammo is the superior construction materials used for the game. The PVC pipe used for the net frame is stronger and this is better to avoid any gaps or pockets in between the net and the frame. Strong PVC keeps a perfect circle under net tension. Even though the quality of construction materials are a higher quality than the competitors, the price is still lower than the competition.

Slammo vs Competitor

Slammo Carrying Bag Girl

Slammo Carry Case

Slammo includes:

  • 1 – Slammo Target
  • 2 – 9cm Completion Balls
  • 1 – 12cm Training Ball
  • Carrying Case
  • Rules

Because Slammo is a 360 degree game, we suggest if you take it tailgating, to ensure your tailgating space has ample room to move around. If taking this game tailgating, we would also suggest using it on grass because, by the nature of play, some shots encourage people to dive for balls. Not a good idea if your are tailgating on asphalt. If purchasing Slammo for home use, taking it to the park, the beach or even in the backyard would be a perfect location to play Slammo.

Also, keep in mind that this is a more physically demanding game than other traditional tailgating games like cornhole or washers. You may work up a sweat depending on how competitive the game is and how vigorous of competition you participate in. Keep that in mind that if you don’t mind a little work out or working up a little sweat while tailgating, Slammo is an excellent choice.

Based on those warnings, the affordability, the portability and the opportunity to bring a new game to the parking lot, we are going to label Slammo “Tailgate Approved”.

The Slammo game set complete with carrying bag (pictured above) costs $49.99 plus $12 flat rate shipping and handling. You can purchase Slammo HERE.

*Spikeball is a registered trademark of Kankakee Spikeball Inc.

Regular old beer pong gotten boring? Are you a player that doesn’t take the game too seriously and wants to add a new wrinkle to the game of beer pong? If you answered yes, then you might be interested in this new way to play beer pong.

They are calling this new way to play beer pong the Tabletop Tailgate Beer Pong Card Game. Of course they are looking for funds via Kickstarter in order to get their cards mass produced and distributed. Take a look at their video.

If this looks like something you would like to be a part of and take to your next tailgate, check out the Tabletop Tailgate Beer Pong Cards Kickstarter page and drop them some funds.

Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2013 Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 11 - 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013In two short weeks, just 14 days from today, it will be Christmas Day. You know what that means? It means you probably haven’t gotten any of your holiday shopping done. (like us)

Have no fear because Tailgating Ideas is here to save the day. As we have done in the past three years, we offer you a quick reference guide of the latest and greatest gear that any tailgater or sports fan on your shopping list would love. In case you missed the previous years’ gift guides, you can also reference those gift guides for tailgaters from 2010, 2011 and 2012. Without further delay and superfluous introduction, here is the Tailgating Ideas Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2013 Edition.

Kamikaze

Charger Fan Doing Kamikaze ShotDon’t let the name fool you. This little party starter is not just for sharing kamikazes. It used to be called the Party Starter but has since been renamed to the Kamikaze. This versatile mixed drinks and shots dispenser is actually dual-chambered and the liquor and the mixers only come together when the trigger is pressed. Fill up the rear reservoir with the liquor of your choice, the front reservoir with the mixer, pressurize the chambers with the plunger and that is when the fun starts. There is an intensity dial on the Kamikaze that you can determine how strong or weak of a shot you want to give out… or serve to yourself. With measuring lines and drink recipe suggestions on the back, the Kamikaze is truly the one party tool your tailgater on your gift list would love to receive. Priced at $25, the Kamikaze can be found HERE.

Game Bibs

Iowa State Tailgaters Game BibsYou have a tailgater or a sports fan on your gift list that says they are a die hard fan and are not afraid to show it? Make them prove it by getting them a set of Game Bibs. These bib overalls come in a variety of colors to match any professional or college football team your fan can imagine. Not for the wallflower on your list because Game Bibs will definitely get your sports fan noticed. They’ll feel like an A-list celebrity while out tailgating because everyone will come up and want to take their picture with him/her. A wide variety of sizes for women, men, infants, toddlers and youths are available. Game Bibs cost about $50 per pair and they even offer cargo pants and shorts, sundresses and fitted skirts. Get your tailgater their own pair of Game Bibs HERE.

Tailgate Couch

Tailgate Couch camoThe reason why tailgating is called tailgating is because people used to unfold their pick-up truck tailgate and have a party in the parking lot. People still do that but the tailgate party has evolved. You no longer have to have a sore butt from sitting on that cold hard truck tailgate anymore. There is the Tailgate Couch that now makes tailgating a lot more comfortable. With a Tailgate Couch in the bed of the truck those old school folding chairs are now obsolete. The best part? The Tailgate Couch is a chick magnet. Seriously, if given the choice of sitting on a hard metal tailgate or on the soft comfort of the Tailgate Couch, I am betting all the women will opt for choice No. 2. I hate to stereotype but I am willing to bet on this. Priced at about $200, the Tailgate Couch comes in Camo and classic red colors. You can find the Tailgate Couch HERE.

Party Barge

Party Barge Social Floater FeaturedIt may be cold outside right now and the furthest thing you can think about is playing beer pong in the pool but Spring will be here before you can say “bringbacks”. (Hard core beer pong players will know what that means.) The main difference between the Pool Pong Party Barge from other floating beer pong tables is they essentially built the better mousetrap. There are the recessed cup holders on each end as with most inflatable beer pong tables but that is where the comparisons end. The Party Barge has additional cup holders around the sides and the real genius of this design is the sunken central cooler. The capacity on the central ice chest is 18 canned beverages plus ice. Now you never have to get out of the pool to refill the cups when it is time for the next game to begin. Priced at $55, the Pool Pong Party Barge can be found HERE.

Pro Football Cookbook

Pro Football Cookbook CoverBooks are always a popular holiday gift item but this is one book that the tailgater on your list will love this year. The Pro Football Cookbook is a compilation of 32 main dishes, 32 sides and 32 cocktail recipes all inspired by the 32 NFL franchises and the city from where they hail.

For tailgaters stuck in a rut, this cookbook would be great for some new recipe ideas to make everyone in the parking lot stand up and take notice. The Pro Football Cookbook is a fantastic road map for tailgaters to have a built-in menu to reference for a meal theme based on that weekend’s opponent. Your team is playing the Washington Redskins? Make Hogs Sandwiches, Roasted Redskin Potatoes with Mustard and a Red Gin Rickey (pages 160 – 163) to wash it all down. When it comes time for your Super Bowl party, find the section of the two different teams playing and make those recipes for your guests and people will think you are a world traveling genius. Stadium Journey Pro Football Cookbook is available in hardcover from Amazon.com and would make a great gift for any tailgater this holiday season.

Spin Pong

Spin Pong BoxThe tailgater on your list says regular old beer pong has gotten a little dull lately? Maybe they have gotten so good at beer pong they need an added element of challenge? Or maybe they just want to stand out from the rest of the tailgate parties with a regular beer pong table and want look just a little bit different? No matter what they’re looking to do to spice up their beer pong game, Spin Pong has got you covered. Simply stated, Spin Pong is a battery operated beer pong rack that rotates the cups clockwise while you play. Just insert two AA batteries, load up your cups, fill your cups and let the balls fly. The level of difficulty increases while the fun level is raised as well. Spin Pong is priced at $17 for one rack or $30 for a set of two, one for each end of the beer pong table. Spin Pong can be found HERE.

Cocktail Gator

Cocktail Gator three modelsDo you know a tailgater that is not a beer drinker? If the tailgater on your list likes mixed drinks, the Cocktail Gator is the one gift you have to get him or her. Basically it is an insulated soft sided cooler that has compartments to hold a full liquor bar and ice on the go for your tailgate party. The CocktailGator comes in two different models: the Walkabout Cocktail Gator and the Mega Cocktail Gator which is larger and holds more. The Walkabout Cocktail Gator costs $85 and the Mega Cocktail Gator costs $159. You can purchase both models of the Cocktail Gator HERE.

Steemee Wonder

Steeme WonderFor some reason, hot dogs just taste better at the stadium. They don’t use magic hot dogs and buns made from an age old secret recipe. Stadiums use steam to prepare their hot dogs and it is the reason why you can’t duplicate the same taste at home or in the tailgate parking lot. That is until now. The Steemee Wonder is a stainless steel hot dog steaming system that can prepare six hot dogs and six buns in six minutes. They taste exactly like the hot dogs you have grown up eating inside the stadium but at a fraction of the price. The Steemee Wonder sells for under $35 on Amazon.com.

Bongzilla

Dolphin fans bongzillaBy nature, tailgating is a social activity. What could be more social than doing a beer bong with five additional friends all at the same time? That’s what the Bongzilla is all about. The Bongzilla is a pole mounted beer bong with six hoses coming off the bottom. The pole lowers and extends for ease of filling in the lower position and once filled, raise it up to the full height and bring in your friends. The pole extends and raises the funnel up to six feet in the air to allow gravity to do it’s thing. Did we mention that the Bongzilla funnel can hold 144 oz of liquid? That’s a whole 12-pack of beer for those of you math challenged. At the end of each drinking tube is an open/close valve so everyone can start drinking at the same time. Also, if you don’t have a total of six people wanting to drink, you can plug the tops of the hoses from inside the funnel to block any liquid going into the hoses that will not be used. The Bonzilla is priced at $55 and can be found HERE.

Ryobi RYI2200

Ryobi RYI2200 Generator

Ryobi RYI2200 Generator

It is no secret that Honda generators are the gold standard by which all generators are compared. Packing a max load of 2200 watts and extremely quiet, the Ryobi RYI2200 is the new kid on the black that may knock Honda off as king of generator mountain. The Ryobi is more than affordable priced under $550 and can be found at your local Home Depot.

MegaPongo

MegasPongoBefore we were introduced to BasketPong, beer pong was only played on a flat table. Now here comes MegaPongo and it turns the beer pong world on it’s ear. With backboards and a ball collection system, this is the new age of beer pong. Or if you are not a beer pong player, you can still play it by making up your own rules and standards for play. Numerous cup configurations are only limited by your imagination and it all packs up and is easily portable to any tailgating location. Priced at $135 for a complete set, you can buy MegaPongo HERE.

Hi-Tops

Hi-Tops FeaturedTossing games are a main staple in the tailgating parking lots but the same ones you have seen are getting about as fresh as a Billy Idol concert. Hi-Tops is a new tailgating game that combines elements of other popular tailgating games like cornhole and beer pong but puts a new twist on it to make it a fun and unique tailgating game. Hi-Tops is priced at $129.99 and that includes two official Hi-Tops Towers, two official Hi-Tops Playing Balls (foot bags), six stakes and one package of Hi-Tops playing cups. For more information or to buy a Hi-Tops game set for someone on your list, visit: playhitops.com

Mini Beer Pong

Mini Beer Pong FeaturedSome say “Bigger is Better”. And in most cases they are right. But when it comes to tailgating, smaller is normally better because of size constraints placed on getting everything you need into your tailgating vehicle. Sometimes not only smaller, but something that is mini, may be the best choice for tailgating. Mini Beer Pong is a smaller wooden game that is roughly 24 inches long. A “regulation” beer pong table is 2′ wide, 8′ long and 27 1/2″ high. Mini Beer Pong is four times smaller than a standard beer pong table making it more portable and can fit into the tightest spaces within your tailgating vehicle. If the tailgater on your list is looking for something different that nobody else has, Mini Beer Pong is the gift for them. Mini Beer Pong is priced at $60 and can be found HERE.

Make sure to come back early next week when we publish another edition of our Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tailgaters. In the meantime, you can also check out the Stocking Stuffer Guides from years past including last year, 2011 and 2010.

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