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Lock up your phone and bring your family together in healthy fun through movement, song and creative play.
Lock up your phone and bring your family together in healthy fun through movement, song and creative play.
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Unplug and bring your family together with Family Showdown 

For the last three years, our family has been on an adventure. We are lucky enough to spend countless hours together being silly and making videos. In doing so, we have created unique memories with our kids and formed a bond stronger than ever before.

People always say “Wow! You guys look like you are having fun making those!” And the truth is, we are.

A big reason is because we are getting our kids (and ourselves) away from TVs and phones and screens—a major epidemic affecting youth today as outlined in a recent study by the American College of Pediatrics.

Why we made the game:

 

When you and your family spend less time glued to a screen, you can focus on fun, developmental activities like movement, music, and creativity. We struggle with excessive screen time in our house just like you. So we designed Family Showdown in the spirit of the games we adults played growing up—without screens.

Family Showdown is a board game in which teams race through silly challenges like singing, acting and scavenger hunts. Our goal is to offer families an activity focused on playful creativity — and strengthen the family bond through singing, laughing, dancing and creating, together. 

Penn Charles would add that the goal is also TO WIN (he’s six, he’s in a phase), but for Mom and Dad, that’s really secondary to the experience. If you’re not having fun we’re pretty sure you’re taking the game too seriously. Stop that. Just have fun. 

We want Family Showdown to be an adventure that brings your family closer together, just like our adventures have done for us. 

Read more below!

How to play the game

You can have as many players per team as you like, as long as you have at least two — it’s ideal for families of all sizes.

Here’s how you play:

 

     

 Making Family Showdown a reality

For just $40 you will receive the first edition of the Family Showdown game and all the stretch goals! We also have some other very exciting opportunities below:  

 

 

  

  About our game artist, Paul Friedrich

Known for paintings with masterful use of color, composition and humor, Paul Friedrich is in the forefront of the Low Pop movement of the South.

Paul is the co-founder of the SparkCon conference, the number one conference on creativity, created Wake County's 86it.com anti-littering campaign mascot, Chuck, and is the author/illustrator of several books including the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel, Onion Head Monster, Man V Liver, Sleepwalking Batman in Plaid Pajamas and The World's Slowest Race- Zombies against Sloths. In 2009, Paul became the NHL's first-ever cartoonist with the launch of Stormy's CUP OF AWESOME comic strip and animation for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Reviews

"Family Showdown is a throw back to classic family games such as Charades, Candy Land, and Chutes and Ladders while still being more than any of those games. It's a super fun, loony, game for friends and family. It plays fast, it gets people up and moving, and it engages you mentally. Not many games can say that." - Meeple Mountain

 

Risks and challenges

In developing the Family Showdown boad game, we have been focused on the prototype, awesome game dynamics and have a printer selected. That being said, we want to get feedback from the community which could cause some changes.

We purposely are not suggesting this will ship by the holiday because we know that will be too tight, but we are going to actively work to meet/exceed the deadline.

In the event that there are any changes, whether it's a delay in the manufacturing timeline, shipping date, or something else, we promise to communicate honestly with you and work around the clock until we correct the issue.

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    Thank you for helping us make families smile, have fun and get active.

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    Family Showdown - Kickstarter Edition

    Get the Family Showdown game! Includes FREE shipping in the continental US.

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    Family Showdown + 2D Pawns

    Get the Family Showdown game with free shipping in the continental US.

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    Get 4x 2D monster pawns! These are die-cut pieces with a base - think Candy Land.

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    Game + Limited Edition 5x7 Signed Print

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    Limited edition, "Kickstarter only" Paul Friedrich numbered (5x7) (five by seven inches) print of a Family Showdown character hand signed by artist Paul Friedrich.

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    2-pack of Family Showdown games

    Get TWO of the Family Showdown games and save $5 from the single rate. Includes FREE shipping in the continental US.

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    Game + Limited Edition 8x10 Signed Print

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    Limited edition, "Kickstarter only" Paul Friedrich numbered (8x10) (eight inches by ten inches) print of a Family Showdown character hand signed by artist Paul Friedrich.

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    Family Showdown 3-pack

    Choose this option if you want a 3-pack of Family Showdown. Get THREE of the Family Showdown games and get the game for $35 each. Includes FREE shipping in the continental US.

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    Family Showdown 4-pack

    Choose this option if you want a 4-pack of Family Showdown. Get FOUR of the Family Showdown games and get the game for our lowest price: $32 each. Includes FREE shipping in the continental US.

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    Game + 3D Character Pawns

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    3D Character Pawns - we have 3D printed the characters you love from Family Showdown for you to use as tokens (Fetch, Do What?!, BlobBlobBlob, Showdown and Wildcard).

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    Game + 3D Custom "Your Family" Pawns

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    3D custom printed pawns based on YOUR family. Once you receive your game, there will be a process to upload a picture of your family and we will design and print your own 3D pawns that are 'mini-me' versions of your family! We will be putting up a picture of the Holderness Family custom pawns we did for ourselves in an update in the first week of launch.

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    Game + Original 6x8 Character Painting

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    Original 6x8 (six inches by eight inches) painting of a Family Showdown character of your choice on canvas signed by Paul Friedrich, the artist.

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    Signed Game + 3d Custom Pawns

    Get a version of the Family Showdown game signed by the entire Holderness Family plus artist Paul Friedrich!

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    3D custom printed pawns based on YOUR family. ( See Reward #8 for details).

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    Game + Original 12x15 Character Painting

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    Signed Game + Your Name on a Card

    Get a signed version of the Family Showdown game (signed by the Holderness Family and Paul Friedrich)

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    3D custom printed pawns based on YOUR family (see reward #8 for details)

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    Claim your spot in Family Showdown Infamy with this reward by getting YOUR name printed on one of the BlobBlobBlob cards next to a song you submit*. Your name will show up in every Family Showdown Kickstarter edition game.

    * We reserve the right to reject any song that we deem inappropriate for the game (and we'll work with you on this).

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    Game + Original 24x30 Character Painting

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    Original 24x30 (twenty four inches by 30 inches) painting of a Family Showdown character of your choice on canvas painted and signed by Paul Friedrich, the artist.

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    Game + Custom Song About Your Family

    Get a signed version of the Family Showdown game (by the Holderness Family and Paul Friedrich)

    PLUS 3D custom printed pawns based on YOUR family (see reward #8 for details)

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    Penn Holderness will create a custom 30-second video song about your family and deliver a mp4 video you can download and cherish/share/do whatever you want!

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    Game + You Name A Character!

    Get a signed version of the Family Showdown game (signed by the Holderness Family and Paul Friedrich)

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    3D custom printed pawns based on YOUR family. (see Reward #8 for details)

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    You get to name one of our characters. Right now we refer to the characters by the categories they represent (e.g. Fetch), but what is their name?! We don't know and YOU get to decide. You will secure your place in Family Showdown history with this reward, all Kickstarter editions of the game will feature your character name.

    Note: We reserve the right to reject any potentially offensive name suggestions.

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    Ultimate Family Showdown Experience

    Get TWO signed (by the Holderness Family ad artist Paul Friedrich) Family Showdown games Plus
    3D custom printed pawns based on YOUR family (see Reward #8)

    PLUS We will fly our family to your town, expenses paid by us, and play the game with you (within continental USA)!!! We’ll will make a vlog (video blog) style video of the experience and share it with the World! If you don't want to make a vlog, that's fine - we'll put our phones in the Phone Jail and hang out and play some Family Showdown.

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Funding period

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