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America's Next Great Tailgate Game

This is a game-changer!
This is a game-changer!

Calling all campers, picnickers, beach bums, beer buddies, & backyard heroes.  If you can pitch a baton and topple a block, you can COOB.

If you can COOB, you can play any of the 35 variations included.

Be the first to play them all.  A pledge of $35 earns a 35 game rule book, 6 blocks, 3 batons, and FREE SHIPPING.

1 set of COOB TAILGATE OLYMPICS
1 set of COOB TAILGATE OLYMPICS

Use 1 set of COOB to play any of the following party-sport games on grass, sand, table-tops, even snow. Best part is anyone can win! 

 So how did I get here?  While vacationing in Sweden I discovered the 1000 year old Viking game kubb that millions play worldwide. Two teams pitch batons and topple their opponents blocks. I had zero experience in manufacturing, but felt a calling to bring kubb to America. I created a prototype, made some improvements, wrote my own patent, and AMERICOOB was born.

  • Kubb is made from wood that chips and splinters.  AMERICOOB is made from strong plastic lumber that's smooth and waterproof.
  • Kubb is all one boring wood color.  AMERICOOB comes in patriotic red, white, & blue.
  • Kubb contains 21 heavy pieces making it difficult to carry & ship. AMERICOOB has 14 slightly smaller pieces, making it portable and more affordable.

At Toy Fair in NY, retail buyers loved AMERICOOB but were afraid to commit to large orders, declaring the game was still too heavy to ship, and nobody in the U.S. was familiar with kubb. Feeling rejected, and out of money, I stopped marketing AMERICOOB.

Then one day, an innovative idea popped into my head. What if instead of offering only 1 kubb game that nobody's heard of, I come up with new versions of existing games everybody already knows and loves? And what if I went from 14 AMERICOOB game pieces down to only 9? This would decrease manufacturing & shipping costs, and make our product even more portable. I thought up the tagline, "35 games for 35 bucks" and got to work.

I spent two years creating COOB TAILGATE OLYMPICS and perfecting the rules for 35 different indoor / outdoor games.  I took pictures of each game, produced video rules of each game and designed a color rule book. As an artist it was the most fun I've ever had, and I never made a dime.

This is where you come in. Throughout the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio I'm launching COOB exclusively on kickstarter and need your help. If together we can get COOB off the ground, I will use pledges to start selling sets on-line and eventually offer additional colors. Imagine a Swedish plasti-kubb version in blue and yellow. Really any country could COOB in their flag's colors. Or college and pro sport teams could face off in their team colors. Someday even glow in the dark COOB.

For now the fate of my game is in your hands.  The Olympics are for the world's greatest athletes...Tailgate Olympics are for the rest of us. So if you want to party like a Viking and knock your block off, grab a set of COOB TAILGATE OLYMPICS and throw for the gold!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

 

Risks and challenges

I always insisted on making COOB in the U.S.A. and am thankful to a factory in Pennsylvania who has patiently helped to keep the dream alive. If our launch is successful, there's always a fear of cheap knock-offs flooding in from China despite our utility patent and official trademarks/copyrights of the 35 new game rules. Any future legal encounters would be unfortunate, but I will find a way to defend my company and my rights.

Of course I will always make good on my promise of making COOB here in America. It may have taken longer than anticipated to reach this kickstarter launch, but I believe nothing worthwhile comes easy. I will use that can-do perseverance, along with prayer, to tackle any obstacle or challenge that arises.

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    COOB TAILGATE OLYMPICS

    Includes 3 red blocks, 3 blue blocks, 3 white batons, + rule book to play 35 different beach, backyard, party-sport games including bocce, bowling, beer pong, golf, croquet, horseshoes, lawn darts, ladder ball, washers, ultimate, shuffleboard, & cornhole.

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