First and foremost, we are a team of "fun-seekers". This project is the labor of three closely knit families and their insane journey to bring this incredible game to the world. MöbileSchlägen is our way for you to escape your busy everyday lives, put down your smartphones, and enjoy some friendly competition with friends & families!
The traditional version of this nail-hammering game is too large, too heavy, and simply-put...just isn't very mobile. Hence, the invention of MöbileSchlägen.
We created MöbileSchlägen because the traditional German game brought so much enjoyment to our friends & family. Every party we hosted at our homes involved crowds of people around large stumps playing the traditional version of this nail-hammering game. A few people may have heard the game referred to as many different names...from now on...let's just call it MöbileSchlägen!!!
We knew their had to be a better way...
Check-out the Full MöbileSchlägen Story...It's been an incredibly enjoyable experience that we hope ends with MöbileSchlägen becoming a household name.
We've spent the past 5-years working on this product. Hours of meetings, discussions, prototypes, more prototypes, drawings, sketches, more prototypes... (you get the idea!) We've done all the heavy-lifting to this point. Now, we are asking for you, the Kickstarter community, and fun-seekers everywhere, to help us get MöbileSchlägen to the masses.
Our goal is to raise enough money to fund our tooling costs in order to bring MöbileSchlägen to market. We have vendors ready to begin manufacturing, the only problem is we need the cash to make it happen!
Tooling is expensive. It's a large investment that we can't conquer on our own. We need the Kickstarter community to help us out. That's where you come in. Every dollar helps! With a fully funded Kickstarter campaign we anticipate having MöbileShlägens ready for shipment by the Summer of 2017. We have our work cut out for us!!!
So how do you play MöbileSchlägen?
The basic concept is simple. Be the first person to hit your nail in! If you happen to be so lucky, congratulations! If you're not the first person to hit your nail in, you for sure do not want to be the last person with their nail standing! That would make you the loser. Unfortunately for that person, shame and ridicule may follow!!! Rest assured, it's only a game!
Big or small, strong arms or strong minded, man or women. All of these things really don't matter. MöbileSchlägen is a game of skill and strategy first, strength second. Being big and strong is no advantage if you can't hit the nail! Believe me, the first time you see a "petite woman" beat the "big construction worker", you'll know what we are talking about! If you've never played the game before, no worries, first timers are usually the best!!
For official MöbileSchlägen rules, follow the link to our website.
"Wait, haven't I seen this before?"
Maybe, but not quite...we consider MöbileSchlägen to be a standard platform for a variety of different nail hammering games. It's the same idea as a deck of cards (poker, blackjack, rummy), dart board (cricket, 301, around the world), pool table (8 ball, 9 ball, snooker)... , you get the picture. All of these have many different games that can be played using the same common gaming platform. Through our research and discussions we've had with people over the years, we've found that different regions have different ways of hammering nails for fun! If you have a different set of rules, different type of hammer, your own spin... It's OK...we just want everyone to have fun! Let us know how you play and where you live. We'd love to hear your story! (Please post on our Facebook page)
Sure, you can hammer nails into just about anything and make it a game. People have played on firewood stumps for years. Some people have actual tree stumps in their backyards that they use. Marc (co-founder) even uses sections of light poles that were once used at our high school football field (see snowy stump pic)!! We've even hauled them hundreds of miles just so we could play this awesome game with our friends and families. (Side of a mountain in Vermont..love Vermont...don't like rolling logs on the side of mountains!!!)
Honestly, who wants to do that! Stumps are heavy, bulky, full of bugs (sometimes really bad bugs) and just not practical at all!
MöbileSchlägen solves all of these problems. It's lightweight (yup), fits into the trunk of any sedan (check) and it's insect free (phytosanitary certified, remember this for bar trivia night!). Plus, when you are done, it is compact enough to be stored conveniently in your garage, storage shed or hall closet. This is important to those who have limited space, or are freaks about having dead spots in their grass from a tree stump sitting there all summer (Marc).
I need my space!
Cornhole, ladder-ball, kan-jam, horseshoes, frisbee... These games all need space to play. MöbileSchlägen needs very little space!
Everybody's been at a sporting event and either had random apologetic strangers hunting around for a frisbee or you have to keep moving your cornhole boards out of the parking lot so cars can pass by. These things are not an issue with MöbileSchlägen! You only need a couple feet of space to play. Your biggest space concern will be with the large crowd of curious people you draw!
The places you can play MöbileSchlägen are endless! Indoors or outdoors, it's up to you! some of the countless places MöbileSchlägen has been the hit of the party:
- Backyard Picnics
- Pontoon boats
- Bar / Pub / Taverns
- Pool parties
- Fraternities / Sororities
- Social Clubs
- Neighborhood Block parties
- Man Caves
- She Sheds
A lot of thought went into the design of our product. Our Patent goes into great detail describing it. It's no John Grisham best seller, but it's rather interesting and packed full of features! Some of the highlights are:
- Laminated wood disc. The laminations make the wood stable, less likely to shrink or split. Also, the wood used is kiln dried. (no bugs). Low profile=reduced weight.
- Folding legs. Compact, light, easy to assemble.
- Molded base. Tough plastic, Lighter than steel.
The combined features all work together to make an awesome product!
Everyone wants to be better stewards to the Earth, we are no exception. The MöbileSchlägen team has made a conscious effort to make our product as "Earth-Friendly" as possible. We realize that a little bit of thought into how something is designed and produced can make a big difference. We've chosen specific materials and manufacturing techniques that:
- Reduce: Every effort was made in our design to keep materials to a minimum. This reduces cost, saves materials and makes the product lighter! A lighter product is not only awesome for you when you are carrying MöbileSchlägen to the beach, it also reduces the costs for shipping our finished product to you, and the game pieces to us, prior to assembly (which reduces burning diesel in UPS trucks)!!!
- Reuse: Off-cut lumber pieces are used in the laminated wood disc construction process. We NEVER use slices from whole trees. It doesn't make sense! Why kill a tree just so you can pound nails into it. That would be insane!!! All of are wood is sourced through companies looking to dispose of their wood processing scraps. If we didn't use the scraps, they would likely be burned (bad), land filled (bad), shredded for mulch (good) or made into other products like ours (great)!!
- Recycle: Our molded bases and steel components are made of 100% recycled materials. Steel and HDPE plastic are great materials for recycling! Nail filled wooden discs can be returned to us for recycling as well (see below). They will be shredded up, separating the nails from the wood. The wood is used for mulch and the nails can be recycled. The same technology used for pallet recycling can be used for our wooden discs as well!!
What happens when my MöbileSchlägen wooden disc becomes full of nails?
Eventually, your MöbileSchlägen disc will be filled up with nails. Don't worry, they are replaceable! Simply unscrew the wood disc from the underside of the base and replace it with an official MöbileSchlägen replacement disc. Although we are not offering them as a reward on our Kickstarter campaign, they will be available for sale on our website.
A common question asked is "If my wooden disc is filled with nails, can I just flip it over and play on the other side?". Unfortunately, the answer to that question is "no". There's a good reason though. While we were in the design phase of the project, we concluded that in order to keep the weight of the unit manageable, we needed to make the disc as thin as possible. In addition, we added an auto centering feature in the bottom to ensure that each wooden disc is properly aligned with the base when it's installed.
We average about 1000 to 1500 nails per disc. That's a lot of nails!!!
For casual users playing on the weekends with your friends, a disc will last for years. This will be the case for the majority of our customers. But if you are a serious, die hard, MöbileSchlägen competitor, you may need a spare!
In the next few months we will be rolling out a feature on our website that will allow you to customize your own wooden disc with a stock image from our library, words, phrases, initials or upload any image you want! This makes for a great gift idea! Imagine your company's logo, initials, picture of your special pet, fraternity letters, a picture of your trophy buck, monster bass, girlfriend's face... you name it, en-blazed with a laser engraver!
Become a Part of Something Great!
Everyone that contributes instantly becomes a "MöbileSchlägen Ambassador". As a MöbileSchlägen Ambassador, you are now a member of a special community dedicated to having FUN!
The first time you break out MöbileSchlägen, something great happens. You instantly become the center of attention! Everyone asks, "What is it?", "How do you play?", "Where did you get it?". You'll be the life of the party!!!
What's included with my reward?
With each MöbileSchlägen, you will not only receive our eternal gratitude, you'll get everything needed to start hammering nails:
- Wooden disc
- Set of folding legs
- Support base
- 1 LB 10d common bright nails and storage bag
- Carrying bag
- Official rules and assembly instructions
We've teamed up with onetreeplanted.org to plant a tree for every complete MöbileSchlägen unit and replacement wooden disc sold! This includes every unit sold during our Kickstarter campaign. It's a way for us to say thank you to you for choosing our product. It's another way for you to feel good about helping our project come to life!!
We would like to thank everyone that has helped us take MöbileSchlägen from a crazy dream to a crazy Kickstarter reality!
- The Johnson family, The Betters family, The Manges family, Cosmic Mike @cosmicvideo, The Brody Wheeler, T-shirts etc., Millennium Computers, The Jong team, The Pearl, Garden Drive Great Wolf Lodge, Caryville Inn, Davis properties, Metal guy, Unadilla, wood guy, Amish Daniel, powder coat guy, all the video extras, Coors Light, PBR, San Pellegrino, Bungie Pool, Genesee EDC, Ken's charcoal Pits, Digitill Media, Batavia Brewery ... Without our friends and family, we would be nothing more than 3 woodchucks living in a hole somewhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
- And with your help, we can add you to the long list of crazies!!!
Let's make this happen...
More backers = Faster delivery of MöbileSchlägen!!!
All of our rewards offered are available exclusively on this Kickstarter campaign! If you want a MöbileSchlägen or any of our awesome MöbileSchlägen swag, this is the one and only place to score them!
We hope you love our product as much as we do! We have put our blood, sweat and beers into this project. Bringing MöbileSchlägen to reality will be our dream come true! Every dollar and every backer is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
- Marc, James & Dan
Risks and challenges
As with any innovative project, we face several key risks and challenges. The primary risks include:
INJECTION MOLDING: We consider this as our most significant risk. Injection molding is a very large capital expense and thus we can only secure one manufacturer. In addition, while making the specification for the plastic base, we have taken careful consideration to design for manufacture-ability. With that being said, additional modifications may need to be made to the injection mold to get the desired final product we need. This will take some time. We have allotted for enough time to meet our delivery date but injection molding is not an exact science! For this reason we have put a great deal of careful planning and strategy into the sourcing of our injection molded parts. We chose to work with a supplier in North America to ensure that the long lead time parts are closest to us. Not only do we get an American made part, but we also have the assurance that we can be present, when needed, to assist in the tooling and part approval process. The injection molded parts have been verified with 3D printed parts to minimize revision cycles once the molds are created The injection molds will be as close to our prototypes as possible.
WOODEN DISCS: The wooden discs are vital to the look, function and feel our our game. Without it, we have nothing! Sourcing of the disc is going to be tricky, and we know it. We have identified various suppliers, domestic and internationally, so that we can meet our many quality and sustainability requirements. One of the top supply specifications is that we need them to be delivered at a very competitive price point. We are asking our suppliers for a "Williams Sonoma" quality disc at a discount price! Our game has to be affordable, otherwise nobody will buy it (Economics 101!!!). The sooner we can get our wood disc suppliers up and running, the more reliable flow of product we can expect!
SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS: Before starting, we know from our own past experiences, that projects can encounter unexpected hurdles when going from prototype to production. That’s why we have taken 5-years to test our designs. We are confident that we are production ready and that our design is concept proven for both manufacturing, assembly and game play. There are no "sure things" though!! We expect to have some hiccups. By anticipating a potential problem, our response and course correction happens quickly.
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