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Wanna help us bring the timeless game of Shuffleboard to the sandy shores of Gowanus!?! Come on! Why wouldn'tcha?!?

Warning: Objects in rendering may be less fancy than they appear..
Warning: Objects in rendering may be less fancy than they appear..

UPDATE: Thanks to you crazy kids, we reached our lofty goal in the first 2.5 DAYS!

We are astounded and overjoyed and incredibly grateful.... But we've still got 3 weeks to go and we really can use ALL of the help we can get!

So we're launching a STRETCH GOAL to raise an additional 22k to build our cabanas!

We're already on our way and if we get there, EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO CONTRIBUTES WILL GET A FREE BEER!! It doesn't matter if you buy a $10 pin or a $10,000 holiday party, if we hit that extra 22k, there'll be a frosty glass of giggle-juice waiting at The Royal Palms with your name on it as soon as we're up and running! We now return to our regularly scheduled program...

Oh man. THIS IS IT. You have somehow found your way to The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club's Official Kickstarter Page and we are SO glad you did.

It's hard to believe that just 22 months ago, the concept of shuffleboard meant little more to us than a fond, sun-washed memory of playing with our grandparents on childhood vacations to Florida.

Shuffleboard requires extremely high tech equipment.
Shuffleboard requires extremely high tech equipment.

Now, almost two years later, we're the proud leaseholders of a scrappy, 17,000 square-foot warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn that is, at this very moment, bustling with local craftspeople who are helping us build the world's first SHUFFLEBOARD NIGHTCLUB.

Turns out, hard hats aren't quite as flattering as we'd hoped they'd be.
Turns out, hard hats aren't quite as flattering as we'd hoped they'd be.

This tiny twinkle of a dream has blossomed into a something bigger and realer than anything either one of us could've imagined when we first laid eyes on The Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Florida back in the winter of 2011. The warm camaraderie, friendly competition and quirky challenge that we found in those first few fateful biscuits we shoved sent us on a path that has, literally, changed everything.

Since then, we've spent every moment of every day enthusiastically explaining the game to future shuffleboard players, proudly brandishing our liquor license to potential investors, scouring the world for shuffleboard memorabilia, choosing toilet seats and glassware and flooring and soda, making sense of architectural plans and building codes and unidentifiable puddle sources. There are days when it is very, very hard. And there are days when there's not one thing better.

And all of this climbing up the mountain is heading towards one singular goal, to bring the game of shuffleboard to Brooklyn. To build a place where people of every age and creed can find an equal playing field and common ground. To swing open our doors and welcome new friends and old to the place we plan to call home for years to come.

The Project

Your contributions to our Kickstarter will go towards completing the TEN regulation-sized shuffleboard courts we'll all be playing on and putting our welcome mat out on by the end of November. We need to pour out 8 enormous truckloads (how many gallons is that?) of concrete from the Brooklyn Mix Concrete Company to make the sweetest, smoothest, fanciest shuffleboard courts this fine city has ever seen!

Once we pour the courts, we will start Brooklyn's very FIRST Shuffleboard League right here and now with you, our Kickstarter community. We'll kick off our Royal Palms Inaugural Shuffle Season starting in January. It'll run for 12 weeks... 10 weeks of tournament play and two weeks of playoffs. 

This here Kickstarter Campaign is the ONLY place you'll be able to sign up for that league. So, go ahead and call a couple of friends (up to 6, total) to go in on it with you, pick that "Shuffleboard League Fees" Reward over there ------------->

Hand-drawn courts, because we don't mess around.
Hand-drawn courts, because we don't mess around.

Here's where YOU come in.

We've relied on SO many of you already. You've given us advice and encouragement and Facebook Likes every step of the way. Make NO mistake, we could NEVER have gotten this far without you.

Now, we're asking for one last push to help get us to the finish line...We want The Royal Palms to be a place where we ALL feel like we belong and we want shuffleboard to be a sport that everyone can claim. 

It's hard to ask for help, even from the people you know have your back. Thank you for making it feel easy.

With more love and gratitude than we can possibly express in this tiny little text box,

Ashley and Jonathan.

PS-Uh, we got a little mushier than we planned to over here. Sorry about that. We solemnly swear to make all of our updates good'n'snarky.

PPS- 2013 is the 100th anniversary of Shuffleboard in America and we REALLY want to have The Royal Palms up and running before this year runs out. Your contributions to building the court and, most importantly, your participation in our tournament will help us kick off the next century of shuffleboard! 

Our actual sidewalk is DEFINITELY not this clean.
Our actual sidewalk is DEFINITELY not this clean.
The Royal Palms Limited Edition 2013-2014 collectable Legacy Pin, nestled amongst its forefathers.
The Royal Palms Limited Edition 2013-2014 collectable Legacy Pin, nestled amongst its forefathers.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Shuffleboard courts need to be poured in a very specific manner to comply with ISA (International Shuffleboard Association) standards. The courts need to be perfectly level and use just the right mix of concrete. The size and angle of the gutters and the painting of the scoring areas also has to be exact to specifications in order to be suitable for professional tournament play. All told it's not your average job and needs to be approached with the utmost attention to detail.

There are also a ton of challenges in organizing Brooklyn's first shuffleboard league. We needs to make sure everyone understands the rules and feels comfortable playing the game. We also need set up a website to keep track of the scores and standings and make sure all teams know when they're slated to play every monday night. Most of all we need to create an atmosphere that's competitive but still fun and makes everyone excited to come play shuffleboard.

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    PIN-TEREST: Get yourself a 2013-2014 inaugural shuffleboard season, limited edition collectible Royal Palms Legacy pin.

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    SHUFFLENIGHT OUT: You get one free hour of shuffleboard court time for you and up to three of your shufflelovin' friends AND (without them seeing, so they don't get jealous) you get to pick up your much-coveted 2013-2014 Royal Palms Legacy Pin when you arrive!

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    PRE-PARTY. Snag one, uber-festive ticket to our exclusive, pre-opening "Shuffleboard Sneak Peek" AND pick up your limited-edition, collectible Legacy pin while you're there!

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    BINGO is your NAME O. A limited edition, super tricked-out, one-of-a-kind, LUCKY-FREAKING-BINGO BOARD, custom-made by our all-time favorite stuff maker, JUNKPRINTS! Bring it with you to EVERY Bingo Night at The Royal Palms and let everyone know that you are the highest of rollers.

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    INDIVIDUAL SHUFFLEBOARD LEAGUE FEES - Sign up to join a team on your own and we'll pick a team to put you on! You'll make a whole slew of new friends while playing 10 MONDAY nights (plus 2 nights of playoffs) beginning in January 2014 for a total of 12 weeks. You'll also get your own Royal Palms Legacy pin to let the people know what you're into. Drink specials, music/food truck theme nights and thrilling prizes await! (League members get 10% off court time all season--so get ready to get good!) No experience required.

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    SUPER SHUFFLENIGHT OUT. Make it happen with one hour of shuffleboard court time for you and three of your favorite people + 4 limited edition pins + 4 shuffle-enhancing beverages (which you only have to share if you want to).

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    THE SUPER-ULTRA-SUPREME SHUFFLENIGHT OUT. Now we're getting SERIOUS. One hour shuffleboard time for four people + 4 shuffle-enhancing beverages + 4 limited edition pins AND, are you ready for this? A private shuffleboard clinic with Jonathan and/or Ashley.

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    SHUFFLESTUFF PRO-SHOP. (Great for our out-of-town ShuffleFriends) Ever seen Paul Newman in the hustler? Want to intimidate your shuffle-opponents? What you need is an ARCO limited-edition Royal Palms Buggy Whip Tang (that's the cue the pros use) It's made of lightweight graphite and disassembles for easy travel. It even comes with it's own Tang Bag! But wait, there's more! We'll also toss in a one-of-a-kind, collectible vintage shuffleboard postcard hand-signed by a member of the Shuffleboard Hall of Fame and a limited-edition pin. (Makes a GREAT holiday gift for that loved one in search of a new hobby....)

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    TEAM SHUFFLEBOARD LEAGUE FEES - Round up a group of your pushiest friends because you just bought your way into Brooklyn's FIRST Shuffleboard League! You'll assemble a roster of 6 people that will play 10 MONDAY nights (plus 2 nights of playoffs) beginning in January 2014 for a total of 12 weeks. Each team member will pick up their own Royal Palms Legacy Pin, plus drink specials, music/food truck theme nights and the potential for fantastic prizes and trophies! All this for only $75 per person? (Also? Just so you know, League members get 10% off (Heh. Get it? 10 off?) court time all season!) No experience necessary.

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    SHUFFLEBOARD INSTA-PRO. Everything you need to start training for the 2014 World Championship: A limited edition, Royal Palms Buggy Whip cue, 10 hours of court time, a private lesson with an ISA (International Shuffleboard Association) Hall-of-Famer, a crash course in trash-talking, a ticket to our pre-opening party and a limited-edition Royal Palms pin. There's, literally, no stopping you.

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    THE BENCHMARK. Your name etched onto a personalized plaque on one of our court benches for all the world to see + four tickets to our pre-opening party + four limited-edition pins. Sit on it, Potsie.

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    THE ROYAL FLUSH. Your name emblazoned on one of our illustrious bathroom stalls + four tickets to our pre-opening party + four limited edition pins. Game of Thrones, indeed.

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    DRINK NAMING RIGHTS. Sip and sample during a private consultation with our staff mixologist to craft a beverage to your liking, then name it after whatever swizzles your stick (some restrictions apply). Your name stays on our menu (and your PICTURE stays on our POS system!) for-at least-a year + four limited edition pins + four tickets to our pre-opening party. You are so much more than a tall drink of water.

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    Your own PRIVATE 2013 HOLIDAY PARTY for up to 100 PEOPLE! You heard right! You and 100 of your favorite friends/clients/elves get exclusive, private use of the entire club, 3 hours of open bar (premium upgrades available!), Tasty and festive downhome vittles to keep your guests snack-happy, 3 hours of Unlimited Shuffleboard AND a very special Hawaiian Holiday DJ set from our very own DJ WorkHorse! Get in touch with us (Party@RoyalPalmsShuffle.com) for all of the nitty gritty details before you pull the trigger.

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