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CA$ 891
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18
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 29 2014
CA$ 891
pledged of CA$ 20,000pledged of CA$ 20,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 29 2014

About

We need you for two reasons. The first is simple – we want to get word of our game out and have people playing it all over. You have probably played something similar, but let us assure you, Pounce takes it to the next level.  

Currently, we make the games in our fully equipped shop. They are handmade with high quality furniture grade PVC. The issue is that right now with the design that we have the cups are two parts.  The pre-molded cup and a cut 1 inch piece of pipe.  The creation and assembly of these cups are the most time consuming and dangerous part of assembly.  We will be using the majority of our funds to have a mold created such that this piece will be a single molded piece from the same high quality material.  Unfortunately this is has a high up front cost, but this will allow us to produce the games faster, at a higher quality and allow us to offer them at a much cheaper price.

Pounce combines the best aspects of games like beer pong and slap cup and adds a deeper skill level involving team strategy, speed and accuracy. There are four teams of two players competing in each game. Each team shares a combined 10 tokens and is striving to eliminate the other teams. Last team standing wins.

Pounce is designed to be a simple to set up and learn game, that’s easy to throw in a bag, and take with you to any group gathering. All of its parts are light, and are easily put together and taken apart. There’s no extra packaging! It’s fun to play in groups, and in no time you and your friends and family will be playing at home, at parties, camping, or cottaging: where ever and whenever you want to play.

Below is the Pounce Mark-It! If you want any of the items in the store just click the "Manage Pledge" button and add the appropriate funds to your pledge. Once the survey goes out after the campaign ends, you will have a chance to tell us what the extra funds are for!

Josh and Laura are siblings originally from Calgary and now living in the lovely city of Guelph. They have been competitive swimmers, triathletes and billiards players through the years. Josh has a history in physics, was the COO of a successful solar energy company and is an experienced entrepreneur. Laura is a curator, project manager, and currently involved in a nautical archaeology (shipwrecks) project. We love playing games of all types, have a growing collection wall in our houses, and we look forward to adding a game to your collection.

We started playing Pounce before heading to bars.  We always played games before going out, and as all of us are competitive we strove to make more and more competitive games to play.  It wasn’t long before we were playing Pounce every night before going out and sometimes we got so wrapped up in the game we never left home. 

We started the game using two china mugs instead of the tough PVC we use now.  We didn’t have a tower to shoot at, instead, when you had to take a penalty shot, we would just stack the mugs on top of each other.  This worked fantastically well, but as we played this a couple of weeks, we soon realized a couple flaws.  Firstly, mugs were being destroyed, and knocked off tables.  Secondly, it was getting too easy and we needed to make the game harder.  And finally, if there was a weaker player,  the game would have the potential to pick on them and become discouraging.

To fix this, we made sturdier cups, and started playing with just some rough pvc.  To fix the second problem, we added the tower.  No longer were we getting to 45-50 second penalty shots.  The game became more exciting again, and it was thrilling even to make one shot again!  And the third mistake was fixed by adding the score tokens.  This also gave the game a meaningful end, and when we added the team element, the weaker players would help balance the stronger players.

Around this point when the idea of turning this into a commercial product crossed our mind.  While it was fun to play with everyday household items, it was a lot more fun and a lot more competitive with the new changes we had made.  We experimented with a few different tower designs with different cup and tower heights, and eventually settled on the elegant form we have now.  It cleans itself up as you play, and is incredibly easy to carry around.

 

Pounce is currently made in our shop but we are hoping that with this campaign we will be able to upgrade to a manufactured product. The current product is made with furniture grade high-quality PVC piping, cut and assembled in a professional shop. 

If you are a fan of DIY, throw us an email and for a similar donation to the campaign, we will send you the rules and steps to producing your own regulation sized Pounce game as a thanks for supporting us!

Shot Glass – The game can be played with or without drinking rules. For those drinking games involving some hard liquor, this is a sturdy shot glass with the Pounce logo etched into it.

Bottle Opener – Credit card sized carbon fibre bottle openers printed with the Pounce logo. The carbon fibre allows for a super thin (.059”) and ultra light-weight (.3oz) design you won’t have to think twice about carrying around. 

Disk – Disks are sturdy game regulation size and weight. They are made by Discraft and no matter if you are just throwing with friends or are a frisbee aficionado, these disks will do the trick.

T-Shirts – The shirts feature our logo printed on high quality organic cotton t-shirts.

Shattered Jersey – Printed on a high quality sports material, our shattered jersey are a dark grey colour with a shattering glass and game graphic in a darker black and grey. These can be personalized with a printed number and/or name.

Shattered Bro Tank - The Shattered Pounce graphic is featured on a high quality sports bro-tank. Ideal for wearing out, to the gym or for a game.

Risks and challenges

Our key goal in this campaign is to generate enough support such that we have the ability to produce the cup as a single piece of plastic. Our major risks are that we do not raise enough funding or we do not find a way to machine mold the cup into a single piece. At this point will continue to manufacture the game by hand and in the later case fulfill our Kickstarter orders with hand crafted games.

If we manage to raise the funds for manufacturing, their may be delays as we set up the creation of a new mold, wait for shipment and customs, etc. Our date of shipment is an estimation rather than a sure thing date. We will keep you up to date on the progress and development of the new product through out the progress.

This is our first Kickstarter and with any new Kickstarter, there is a steep learning curve. We have been and will continue to consult other successful campaigners as well as industry specialists as the campaign moves forward. We are dedicated to making sure this game gets out there and is played and enjoyed!

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    You will have our eternal gratitude. Plus we will provide you with a video of how to make your own game and a digital copy of the rules. You will get a 30 second video of either:

    a) Josh drawing an epic whiteboard picture of your choice...in 30 seconds (Josh can't draw... he says "expect these to be terrible")
    b) Laura will act out charades-style a sentence of your choice, only revealing the actual request at the end...this will be awkward and embarrassing for everybody but her.

    (All gross requests will inspire a sassy response)

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    ROOKIE - Pounce and an exclusive shot glass.

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    STARTER - Everything above plus an (exclusive to Kickstarter, this level and above) a carbon fibre credit-card-sized bottle opener.

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    CAPTAIN - Everything above plus your choice of a Pounce T-Shit and an exclusive throwing disc (yes it's Discraft, for those of you who care).

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    You love us and you just want to give us your money. For some strange reason you don't want our super cool swag. It's probably because you are old or family...prepare to receive hugs!!!

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    Owner - You will receive 5 copies of Pounce. Ideal for retail stores, tournament organizers or LARGE families.

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    2ND TEAM ALL-STAR - Everything in the Captain package plus our exclusive customized athletic bro tank.

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    1st Team ALL-STAR - Exactly like the 2nd Team ALL-Star just with sleeves!!!

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    M.V.P. - So you you were a 1st team all star, then you won Most Valuable Player and you were rewarded with a sleeveless jersey...you know, to help with the farmers tan!!!

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Funding period

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