|Project by Strombergm||posted 11-27-2013 03:51 PM||1792 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard is a game I invented in 2003. (for those of you familiar with my Kinetic Magnetic Sculptures- the concept for those came from my quest to make a magnetic “trophy” to award at a Kineti-Go tournament in 2004). Though I am a lot busier than I used to be, I still love to make these large, free standing table games (I mostly sell tabletop games now). This table is built from high quality domestic hardwoods and designed to be a beautiful freestanding addition to your home. Just over 2 feet by 4 feet and constructed with a maple playing surface with walnut inlays, cherry sides and cherry legs. These game tables are designed to be free-standing tables as opposed to the Kineti-Go board, which is not a free-standing table, but a table-top game.
If anyone is looking for a great holiday gift, these make unforgettable ones…. They also require some lead time for me to make, so if interested, let me know soon.
The playing surface on each Kineti-Go game table is painstakingly finished with multiple coats of polyurethane giving it a perfect combination of playability and durability. One game comes with everything you need to play. All of the magnetic pucks are made from the highest-grade magnets which are encased in beautiful hardwood. Each puck is hand-finished. Six pucks come standard with each game (3 dark 3 light). Additional pucks may be purchased. The magnetic “shooter”, used by players to launch the pucks down the board, is constructed of beautiful domestic hardwoods and powered by high-grade magnets. One shooter is included with each game. Additional shooters may be purchased. These games will last longer than you do. After 150 years, you decedents may want to purchase a new puck and shooter set.
Here is a link so you can see Kineti-Go in action—- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151666571901746&set=vb.38838679756&type=2&theater
Here is some information from my website:
Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard™ is an exciting wooden tabletop game that utilizes Kineti-Go’s Magnetic Propulsion Technology™. In spirit, Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard™ is similar to foosball, air hockey, and pool, only more evolved. We consider it to be a next generation table game, but you may want to think of it as the spunky grandkid of the classic wooden table game. Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboards can be found in family game rooms, frat house game rooms, and pubs across the country.
Kineti-Go’s proprietary Magnetic Propulsion Technology™ is a tactile game play system developed by Michael Stromberg in 2004. The system consists of wooden magnetic pucks and a wooden magnetic shooter. The shooter is elliptical in shape with a slot cut though the bottom for the puck to be pulled into. The slot is just wider and higher than the puck. Since both the shooter and puck are configured to be the same polarity, a magnetic tension builds up as the puck is pulled into the shooter. The further the puck is pulled into the shooter, the stronger the magnetic tension will be, hence, the stronger the shot will be. When the puck is released from the slot, the shooter repels the puck down the wooden game table. Since the slot for the puck is long and straight, the shot is effectively riffled toward the scoring areas on the board. The player has total control over both the strength and placement of the shot. Since the pucks are all the same polarity, they will repel each other when they enter another pucks magnetic field. Players can easily add spin on the pucks as the release them as well, making the pucks carom to harder to reach places on the game board.
Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard™ is played by launching magnetic pucks down the two foot by four foot wooden tabletop game board. Players take turns shooting their “pucks” (wood-encased magnets) from the horse-shoe shaped “shooter”, jockeying for placement in the highest of Kineti-Go’s three point zones while also strategically placing their pucks to prevent their opponent from scoring. Players start a round with three pucks, either dark or light, and alternate shots until all six pucks have been played. Once all six pucks are on the table, each player tallies his/her score and marks in on the abacus located on the sideboard. Players alternate who goes first each round. The first player to reach twenty points, without going over, is the winner.
As with any good table game, there is an infinite variety of shots that can be made by an experienced player. Advanced players usually have an arsenal of different shooting techniques. In addition, once a player becomes familiar with how the pucks repel and move each other, they will “weave” their pucks through the magnetic fields of other pucks to get to a desired spot on the board. In appearance, the puck will do s-curves, arcs, and a variety of other strange movements without ever making contact with another puck.
Each Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard tabletop game has seven strong magnets embedded in the sidewalls which repel pucks as they approach. Five of these magnets are placed in the far side corners of the game table. These five magnets will give an approaching puck a strong push back across the playing area towards the “3”s when a player takes a bank shot. The other two embedded magnets are positioned where the sidewall begins to taper near the bottom of the “3”s. These magnets protect the 3 from a direct shot, and also help to contain a wrap around bank shot often used by more advanced players.
We design all of our magnetic table games as heirloom games, meant to be passed down through the generations—with minimal upkeep, your new game will last that long. At Kineti-Go, we feel a connection to the simpler days when games were played face to face, and this connection is reflected in the games that we make. We also take great pride in the fact that our games require no external power, yet achieve the highly-charged, unplugged action that people have come to expect from Kineti-Go.
Here at Kineti-Go, we believe that games should bring people together and encourage personal interaction. We also feel that as human beings, it is vital to unplug ourselves and have fun.
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