Minnesota native Matt Butler is the inventor of Rollors, a new fun game that combines horseshoes and bocce to make one great game that is being played in bars.
Butler’s concept was first visualized on his downtime between deployments overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting combat operations. He developed a prototype in his garage that was well-received at barbecues, parties, and other types of get-togethers. The game has sparked interest in some bars as a fun thing to do while you drink, and there are even leagues!
Here’s what Matt had to say about Rollors.
Talk to us about the game Rollors.
Rollors is a fun outdoor game that offers a creatively unique alternative to traditional lawn sports. The game combines elements of two old games, horseshoes and bocce, to make one easy and mobile game. It includes oversized wooden disks (a.k.a. Rollors) that players roll toward a color-coded, wooden goal 25 feet away. Points are awarded to the player/team that positions their disks closest to the goal. It is a great game for all ages and can be played in teams or individual competition.
What was your inspiration for creating the game?
I enjoy the camaraderie of friends and light competition of playing games like bocce ball, cornhole, ladder ball, washers and horseshoes. I blended bocce and horseshoes into a single game that brings those fun elements into a single game.
Talk to us about your social sports leagues taking place in bars.
Recently, social sports leagues have inquired about developing Rollors leagues. Many of the leagues make use of bocce ball courts in restaurants and bars. Rollors is not the type of game you’re going to break a sweat playing. It’s simple to learn, but at the same time challenging. You can also have a drink in hand while playing. It’s a Chilled type of game.
Talk to us about your veteran-owned company.
I’m on my 19th year of service in the Air Force and started the Rollors company about six years ago. I wanted to take command of my future by starting a business that I could control and scale depending on where I was in the military. In 2010 we sold about 350 games and today we’re selling tens of thousands. I hope to continue that success into the future. One area that our company has tapped into is hiring veteran and veteran-owned companies. We work with men and women from each branch of the service in the areas of graphic design, social media, marketing, order fulfillment, and so on.
What kind of response are you receiving for Rollors?
We’ve sold about 65,000 units so far, which I hope translates to Rollors becoming a renowned game in the world of lawn sports.
What is one thing that make Rollors a great game that folks should try?
Rollors is a great addition to anyone’s outdoor game inventory. Bragging rights included.
To learn more about Rollors, visit Rollors.com.