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Posted by Dave On October - 27 - 2015

Kooba game

When it comes to tailgating games, most of the new games coming to market are combo games, combining aspects of two or more games into one. We recently discovered Kooba which combines darts and board games into one tailgating game. Take a look at the video to see the set up and game play of Kooba.

We had a chance to test out Kooba and took it with us to the San Diego Chargers vs Cleveland Browns game. Our first concern was, how would we set it up while tailgating? There are no solid walls to hang things while out tailgating and the majority of examples we saw of Kooba being played were indoors hanging from a wall. As you can see in the photo below, we figured out a way to hang it using a bungee cord and the frame of our pop-up tent.

Kooba Featured

The aspects we enjoyed the most about Kooba was the close proximity to the game of darts it resembles but without the dangerous and sharp points that traditional darts bring to the party. The magnentic “aeros” fly off the sticks at the game board but won’t hurt anyone if there is a miss. If you plan on taking Kooba to a tailgate and hanging it up off your tailgating tent, we would suggest hanging it with your vehicle behind it or hanging a tarp “wall”. That way shots completely missing the Kooba game board don’t go flying into someone else’s tailgate or into foot or vehicle traffic.

Kooba is fun to play and is much more different than the regular cornhole or beer pong you see at most tailgate parties. Once you get the feel for the shot off of the Kooba sticks, you can make accurate shots and even play a little defense against opponents. I found my seven year-old son and I playing Kooba because it was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent. If you are a regular reader of TailgatingIdeas.com and read our review of the Hang N Out Tailgating Bag Holder, you already know the weather in San Diego for that game was very “Un-San Diego-like” with some rain and wind before kick-off. Kooba was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent whereas other tailgating games like cornhole would have placed us out in the elements.

After thoroughly testing and playing Kooba, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Priced at $69.95 at Amazon, it includes: 2 sticks, 3 Aeros, 4 Markers, Kooba center piece, folding portable board with integrated stick handles and instructions for three different games are included on a hanging card.

For more information or to buy Kooba for your next tailgate, visit: koobagame.com

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Posted by Dave On June - 11 - 2015

Fathers Day Gift Guide for tailgaters
Father’s Day is June 21st this year and if you haven’t gotten him a gift yet, it is about time you get on that project. If your dad is a tailgater, sports fan or just an all around cool dad, we have some ideas for gifts for him. Dad deserves a cool gift this year. Keep in mind, you’re probably the reason why he drinks…
Party Gator floating cooler

Party Gator

Even though we here at TailgatingIdeas.com are all tailgating all the time, this Father’s Day gift idea is just too cool to not include. A floating alligator with a cooler that holds 20 canned beverages, a bag of ice and has four cup holders? That’s just too much fun for dad even if it is not designed to take tailgating. Definitely an upgrade from the one your dad probably has that doesn’t contain a cooler and cup holders. The Party Gator Floating Alligator with Cooler is $35.

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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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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.





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