About this project
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:
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.
"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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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