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Play more than just beer pong on your beer pong table

Posted by Dave On May - 14 - 2015

Beer Pong at a New York Jets tailgate party

Regulation beer pong tables are eight feet long, two feet wide and 27 1/2 inches off the ground. Those are the dimensions of beer pong tables used in the World Series of Beer Pong so those are the dimensions that have been adopted and accepted as regulation. Based on those dimensions, there are plenty of beer pong table manufacturers that make beer pong tables in those dimensions and some even fold up and are easily portable to take to a tailgate party, frat party, backyard BBQ or anywhere else you want to play beer pong.

Beer pong is great but what if you want to get your money’s worth out of your beer pong table and play more games on it, not just beer pong? Have no fear because we have this quick and easy guide to follow to maximize your use and enjoyment of your beer pong table. These six games are sure to liven up any tailgate party. (Why did we chose six? 6-Pack of beer… Duh!)

Flip Cup

Object of the game – A relay race in which one team must finish all the beer in their cups before the other team finished theirs.
How to Play – Flip Cup involves drinking, hand-eye coordination, competitiveness and team play. Normally played with minimum teams of four but you can have larger teams if you place multiple beer pong tables end-to-end. Place plastic party cups with a pre-agreed upon volume of beer in each cup along the along side of the table in front of each competitor. To start the game, pick an end of the table to start. Those players start the game by picking up their cup, toasting the other player’s cup, touching their cup to the table again (down-up-down) and drinking all the contents in the cup. Once finished, the player places the cup on the side edge of the table on it’s base. Using their fingers, the players then must flip the cup over so that it lands with the open end face down on the table. Once the cup has been properly flipped, that signals that the next team member can start to drink their cup and proceed to flip it over once finished. The game continues until one team has consumed all the beer in their cups and successfully flipped all of their cups onto their open sides.

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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.

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