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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 05-28-2014 04:45 PM 24882 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw Anthony’s excellent post of his Battleshots game, and it reminded me that I built a slightly different version a couple of years ago.

Anthony built the home version; I built the tailgate version.

This version was actually a design project for one of my son’s classes while working on his Masters in Engineering.

Yes, it was that important.

You can read some perspective on the collegiate process in my personal blog, here.

The playing surfaces are mdf. The sightline baffles are hardboard; the frame edges were routed with slots so the baffles could easily slip into place. The unit is held together with 2 piano hinges; the game folds easily for transport and storage.

The popularity of drinking games is well known, but I will observe that playing this game with shots could be a bad idea. This game was designed for (partially filled) glasses of beer, similar to beer pong. This was also a design consideration: 10 shots for the loser sounded like too much, even for the college-age designers!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 07:35 PM

This is fantastic, do you have the dimensions for the game?

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 08:11 PM

It’s dictated by the size of the cups you use. Each of the 4 playing surfaces is 30” square.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 10:49 PM

These are very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 11:08 PM

I may never drive over a bridge again!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 01:35 AM

This kind of innovation doesn’t come to tailgating very often. Great thinking and great work!

-- Daniel S

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 03:33 AM

Sweet, fantastic take on an old favorite! Nice work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 10:20 AM

That’s one super size super toy, top marks sir….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 10-14-2014 04:31 PM

So cool. Great idea for Christmas present for my son. Thanks

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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