What is Finn Pin?
Finn Pin is based on an addictive throwing game that originated in Finland. The popularity of such lawn games has spread across Europe and Australia, and we want to bring a similar game to the U.S.! It is great for parties, family gatherings, game nights, and BBQs.
We will be making the sets out of an beautiful maple, which is a hardwood. The sets look incredible with our professional gloss finish.
Finn Pin Gameplay!
General: The rules are quite simple! Each player takes turns tossing a pin to knock over other pins to get points. Each player wants to get exactly 50 points. As the pins are hit, they bounce and roll, and are then stood up where they stop. This means that as the game progresses, the pins start getting more and more spread out, which can either make hitting the pin you want easier or more difficult!
Who can play? Finn Pin is a great game for all ages and groups! It can easily be played casually or very competitively. The rules have proved to be easy for children to understand. For the competitive player, strategy is needed to become the Finn Pin Champ!
Get Points: If you knock down a single pin, you get the face value of that pin in points (range:1-12) . If you knock down two or more pins, you get as many points as pins that you knocked down (ex: 3 pins = 3 points).
For example, if on your first throw you were to knock down 3 pins, you would get 3 points. On your next throw, if you notice that the number 12 is a little isolated and knock only the 12 pin down, you get 12 points, bringing you to a total of 15 points.
The Twist: When you reach 50 points exactly, you win! But be careful, because if you go over 50, your score immediately drops back down to 25 and the game continues. Just wait until your opponent has 49 points and can't get just one point because the pin with #1 is right next to another pin, and they are guaranteed to go back to 25 points!
Unofficial Rules: Finn Pin is typically played as single players, but try playing as teams!
There is no set distance from which you have to stand to throw the fin, so try different distances. We suggest starting at 7-8 feet.
Any and all amounts of high-fives, cheers, chest bumps, knuckle bumps, team huddles, cartwheels and touchdown celebration dances and welcome and encouraged.
To add more competitiveness, let the player/team who knocked a pin down choose on which side the pin will be set up--by the base of the pin, or by the top. This way the throwing team may be able to prevent the following team from having a clear shot at the pin they need!
Try different terrain! Finn Pin can be played on the lawn, patio, dirt, clay, carpet, wrestling mat,...or the moon.
Thirteen wood pieces is hard to carry in just two hands so we are offering a solid drawstring bag to carry your game wherever you go! It will carry the Finn Pin logo, so look for it in the rewards!
How are the sets made?
We have carefully chosen the wood that we will be using. A beautiful maple hardwood and a professional gloss finish was chosen to make quality sets. We have partnered with a friend of ours that is a professional wood craftsman and owns his own woodworking shop. He has been a great mentor as we have selected the best wood and finishes, as well as in our design and testing of the pins. We will be ordering the wood through him, cutting them to the proper sizes, and putting them through a sanding machine. After this, we hand inspect each piece to make sure that the corners are in good shape and hand sand the rest, if needed. For the numbers, we are using our own stencils. Finally, we layer them with 2 coats of finishing.
What are the funds for?
We have made a prototype set from our designs, but in order to bring the fun of Finn Pin to a wider audience, we need more materials and more effective templates. By reaching our goal, we will be able to make production processes more effective and purchase the needed materials.
We started by simply cutting dowels to get more exposure to the game and have a set to play around with.
Dowels quickly proved to be way too light and too small. They would not stand up in the grass and received quite a bit of damage from minimal play. We tried a few different types of wood, and made a new prototype out of hickory. It proved to be a much harder wood, but we were concerned with the dark streaks and the lack of contrast with the numbers. With this set, we improved the design so that it looked more sleek and was more stable in grass.
We selected maple wood because of its durability and its color. It gives great contrast, has beautiful veins, and stains really well. It is a great hard wood and with wood-on-wood contact it can weather any intense game!
FYI, we have found that the game can be a little difficult to set up if your grass is super thick. The best 'play ground' is either light sand or gravel, as concrete can dent even the hard wood.
Music: Can't Give Up, Network music ensemble
Quotes are from people who played the game from the first time.
Risks and challenges
We have made plenty prototypes and we know that how to make a solid Finn Pin set. We may have underestimated just how addictive this game really is and may be overwhelmed with pledges. If this happens, and we find ourselves a little behind in the production of the Finn Pin, we will keep you posted on completion and delivery dates. We are full-time students, and will be putting many of our Saturday's into making this project a reality. We want to make sure that everyone who pledges gets their set!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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