Corn Pong began as a crazy idea to me many months ago. I was playing beer pong and I suddenly envisioned and board that could collect the thrown balls. After all, I've always loved playing horseshoes, bocce ball, and corn hole. Everyone loves these games and I knew that ping pong balls would work somehow.
Some parts of the game I was designing were set in stone already: This is because corn hole and beer pong already have universal rules - corn hole features 4 throws for each person, from 1-3 points are awarded per throw, and throws are canceled to score each round. In beer pong, the table length is 8 feet and ping pong balls are used. By keeping these core elements, I knew the game would be fun and easy to play.
Risks and challenges
The first challenge was getting the game surface to absorb the ping pong ball and minimize the bounce. Soon, I got the material recipe correct (combined with the thickness) and the balls were rolling forward nicely. I also had to settle on a correct height for the levels: the balls must stick up high enough so that newly thrown balls can boost them to another level.
Next, I had to devise a way to keep the balls steady on the board when they stopped moving. The first design used little blisters. These help when there is a little wind or when the table isn't perfectly level. But then I improved on the blister design by replacing them little recessed pockets. These worked great!
By tinkering with the diameter of the hole and the size of the levels, I created a game that can be challenging for experts, but also playable for newbies!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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