You say you like to play Bocce Ball while tailgating? How about Horseshoes? Ever tried Bowling while tailgating? What if there was a way to combine all three games into one? Then you need to try Rollors.
Rollors is a wooden game that consists of two scoring goals, six Rollors (wooden wheels) and a measuring string. The game is best played on grass or sand and requires some skill, finesse and a little bit of luck never hurt anyone. Simply put, rolling the wooden wheel towards the goal helps you earn points based on how the wheel lands and the distance from the goal. Take a look at these photos of the game first and then we can explain the rules of this new tailgating game.
Beginners Basic Game – 2 Players
Position the red and blue goals approximately 25 feet apart on a level terrain, preferably grass or sand.
Each player uses one color set of rollors in the first round of play, blue goes first. Standing behind the red goal, the blue player rolls one rollor at a time to the other goal. The rollor should be rolled on the edge, with a wind-up and release as in bowling. The rollor must touch the ground within four feet of the release. Once the blue player has rolled the red player takes a turn.
Only one player scores each round and that is the player with the rollor that is closest to the goal. The measuring cord should assist in determining which player is closest. In the case of a tie, neither player scores. All rollers of the closest scoring color to the goal receive points. In order to score, a rollor must fall entirely within a 5 foot radius of the center of the goal. A measuring cord is provided to measure this requirement. Points are given as follows:
1.) Rollors that land on their side – score a point value equal to the number that is showing.
2.) Rollers that stop on the edge – score a point value equal to the sum of both sides.
3.) Rollers that come to rest against the goal – score a point value of double the number showing.
Play continues with rounds that are started by the last color that has scored, rolling back and forth between goals. To win, a player must achieve a total of 21 points or more, and must have two more points than the opponent.
You can play Rollors with two, four or six players and can even add in obstacles for advanced play. You can find those additional rules and suggestions over at the Rollors website. Although there are slight rule differences when adding players, you get the idea of how the game is played.
I was sent a sample game of Rollors and I found it to be quite fun and a break from the tried and true “tossing games” normally found in the tailgating parking lots. One aspect that struck me was the quality craftsmanship of the wooden pieces. All the pieces were solidly built and I could tell that even after repeated play the game pieces and scoring goals were built to last. The only potential negative to this game was for those tailgaters who typically park on concrete or asphalt. The hard surface may damage the wooden pieces as you roll them on the blacktop but the game is ideally suited for those tailgaters who have grass available.
Game Kit Includes:
3 – Red Rollors
3 – Blue Rollors
1 – Red Goal
1 – Blue Goal
1 – Measuring Cord
1 – Instruction Book
Rollors is currently sold in retail outlets including Meijer, Menards, MC Sports, QVC and Enasco. Rollors was also recently added to Amazon. If you are interested in getting Rollors for yourself, price shop around. At Enasco the complete game kit costs $28.95 while over at Amazon the game is $41.99.
No matter where you choose to buy the game you can learn more about it at Rollors.net.