You know the game: Two teams arrange 6-10 plastic red Solo cups into a triangle shape at opposite ends of a table, fill each cup with cheap beer, then take turns skillfully (or not) arcing a ping pong ball into them. Hook a ball into your opponent’s cup, and he or she has to down the beer inside.
It’s simple. It’s fun. There’s lots of drinking. And nothing much has changed for, well, ever. That is, until beer pong aficionados (and mechanical engineers!) William Heimsoth & Aaron Attebery unveiled Hexcup on Kickstarter.
Hexcup is the classic red plastic Solo party cup reimagined. Instead of a round, smooth rim, it features a hexagonal shape and a reinforced base. It is, as its makers say, “the best beer pong cup in the world” and “an improved way to play.”
Why? Per Heimsoth and Attebery’s research, the Hexcup solves game problems like:
Perfect set-up with no gaps
Perfect re-racks (in ¼ the time!) with no gaps
No “ghosting” (aka, movement during play)
Exceptional durability (in case the game gets rowdy)
Hexcups are even top rack dishwasher safe — another excellent feature.
But of course, beer pong purists have started to weigh in (particularly on this Reddit thread), criticizing how the cups might destroy the game as they know it. “No epic ‘riding the rim will it go in?’ moments!,” one person moaned. Another posted, “The gaps between the cups is part of the game! There’s no fun to it if you’re not really going to miss.” And in response to one poster’s innocent comment, “It looks like they’d make pong a lot easier,” another slammed back, “They do, and I hate these cups for that reason.”
We say, calm down purists and frat boys. It’s not like the round ones are going away. And not only do these Hexcups offer a new twist on an old game, we’re thinking they’d make some architecturally awesome plastic cup pyramids too. Right?!
The founders have until Feb 8th to make their $50,000 goal, and they’re already more than half way there. Help a bro out by funding the project here.
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