Building Suspense

Introducing: Askew! It’s a game for players of all ages to have fun ‘hanging’ together. Askew! is a construction game with a hook — the structure you’re building is suspended. It comes with 24 notched metal pieces that are color-coded to correspond with a die. Taking turns, players hang the metal rods from a hook in the game’s base. As each piece is oh-so carefully added, the structure’s center of gravity shifts. Pieces pivot—inhale—potentially disengaging and falling—or not—exhale. The first player to hang all their pieces wins the game The inventor of Askew! is Steve Herbolich, an industrial designer who was bored with his day job and created the first prototype in 2004 by bending wire around a butter knife. Later, he designed and built the machines used today to make each game in his workshop. Thanks to our finder, Evelyn Hesch, who spotted Steve at a farmers’ market in Greensboro, N.C. Her family loved it and in turn gave the game to all their friends. Now we’re telling all our friends about Askew!, too.

Askew!

A Balance and Building Game

Building Suspense

Introducing: Askew! It’s a game for players of all ages to have fun ‘hanging’ together. Askew! is a construction game with a hook — the structure you’re building is suspended. It comes with 24 notched metal pieces that are color-coded to correspond with a die. Taking turns, players hang the metal rods from a hook in the game’s base. As each piece is oh-so carefully added, the structure’s center of gravity shifts. Pieces pivot—inhale—potentially disengaging and falling—or not—exhale. The first player to hang all their pieces wins the game The inventor of Askew! is Steve Herbolich, an industrial designer who was bored with his day job and created the first prototype in 2004 by bending wire around a butter knife. Later, he designed and built the machines used today to make each game in his workshop. Thanks to our finder, Evelyn Hesch, who spotted Steve at a farmers’ market in Greensboro, N.C. Her family loved it and in turn gave the game to all their friends. Now we’re telling all our friends about Askew!, too.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steve
    Steve

    Hi Grommet Folks. I'm Steve, the inventor of Askew! It feels great when someone loves your product and hearing that Evelyn's grandkids loved their Askew! game would have been rewarding enough for me, but to have my game submitted by the recipients as a Grommet, to have it chosen by the Grommet team and to be here with you today is even better. Askew! is fun for a variety of ages playing alone or in a group so I know you're going to love it, too. I'm here to answer any questions you have.

  • Bobbi Halterbeck
    Bobbi Halterbeck
    3/11/2011 1:15 PM

    Where are these games available for purchase. I live in Auburn which is in Northern California. My family loves games like this and we will all be together tomorrow for a birthday celebration. I would love to purchase one for our get together tomorrow.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 1:37 PM

    @Bobbi Halterbeck: They are so new to the market that they are not currently available in your area. You can purchase them here in the shopping box to the right of the video and look forward to them for a future celebration.

  • Connie D'Amico
    Connie D'Amico
    3/11/2011 2:05 PM

    I am always looking for new games for my grandchildren and would love to purchase this game. Tell me how! Many thanks, Connie D'Amico

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 2:08 PM

    @Connie D'Amico: This is going to be a fun one for them! You can purchase it right here from Daily Grommet. Just to the right of the Askew! video is the ability to purchase it. Choose your option (for the Askew! game there is only one option) and click 'Buy Now'.

  • Donelle
    Donelle
    3/11/2011 2:32 PM

    Items are priced too high. $28 for this? I'm sorry, that's crazy. I would love this item, but I refuse to pay that much.

  • Linda W.
    Linda W.
    3/11/2011 2:51 PM

    @Donelle: When was the last time you priced toys (e.g. Legos)? Just the novelty of it is worth the price, to say nothing of the hours of enjoyment you'd derive from it. Put into prespective, compare it to the price of a movie or a sporting event (plus gas to get there and back), which are one-time events -- this game can be played over and over again for years to come.

  • cochran
    cochran
    3/11/2011 2:54 PM

    @Donelle: I can appreciate it being that pricey if it is made in the U.S. by a small company. If it were made overseas, I wouldn't pay more than $10. The big box stores have spoiled us into expecting everything to be cheap.

    Is it still made here? (@Steve)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 3:22 PM

    @cochran: He does still manufacture them here with machines that he designed himself.

  • Steve Herbolich
    Steve Herbolich
    3/11/2011 4:52 PM

    @cochran: Hi, Steve here. I make the entire thing myself. All the materials except for the die are from US suppliers. The die I order from England because I can't find one that is that cool here.

  • kelley joseph
    kelley joseph
    3/11/2011 3:08 PM

    ok was it evelyn or toby who brought askew to grommet? you credited both, evelyn early on and then toby towards the end and am only curious about the conflict of info now worries really just kind of thing that drives my super analytical need for clarification mind crazy :) oh and ps love askew and plan to purchase for my 3 kids thanks for putting it on grommet!!

  • Jesse
    Jesse – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 3:28 PM

    @kelly, it was Evalyn who found it and gave it to tobey, who then told Jen about it. A bit of a word of mouth puzzle in itself!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    3/11/2011 3:58 PM

    Is this still available for local pickup/buy in Greensboro?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 4:38 PM

    @Michelle: I bet it is! I will put you in touch directly with Steve.

  • Steve
    Steve
    3/11/2011 4:55 PM

    @Michelle: Hi, you can get it locally in Greensboro through me directly or at Toys and Co in Friendly Ctr and in Winston Salem

  • Naoh Parrish
    Naoh Parrish
    3/11/2011 11:28 PM

    Here's the short and long of it. I've grown up playing this game. It's a wonderful way to make yourself think about the reactions and counteractions of every move you make. I've never played a game of askew that wasn't a blast. Sometimes it has gotten pretty competitive and we've gotten to a point where we get sort of malicious with our placement of the pieces but I think that's just a testament to the vast amount of entertainment that can be had with a cylinder of plastic that contains little metal polls and curved hanging pieces.

  • Susan Zimmerman
    Susan Zimmerman
    3/15/2011 7:21 PM

    So cool...def. want to get for our beach house to play w all our guest!

  • Cabernette
    Cabernette
    9/14/2011 12:22 PM

    We have played this game many times in my new home, good for all ages,alway a great time, lots of laughs! Love that it is made in the USA!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/14/2011 12:49 PM

    @Cabernette: We are glad that this is a hit in your home! Thank you for stopping back to share.

  • Donna
    Donna
    12/3/2011 12:32 AM

    I saw this game in Lake Placid this summer and it was great fun. I would like to order it for a Holiday gift however, I am told it is unavailable. Please help!!

    Donna

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/3/2011 1:52 PM

    @Donna: We are taking orders for Askew although the orders won't be able to ship until December 17th. This will be just in time for a holiday delivery. You can order on Askew's Grommet feature page. The shopping box is just to the right of the video. This will make a great gift!

  • Misty
    Misty
    12/13/2011 5:19 PM

    Am I too late to get an askew game for christmas?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/13/2011 6:51 PM

    @Misty Phiffer: Unfortunately, it is sold out for the holiday season.

  • Tom
    Tom
    12/19/2011 2:20 PM

    hi.askew is a ton of fun. I want to order after holidays..and a number of my adult education students want to order also,after a did a rave up on the game in my classes. I know that it is sold out, any idea when would be the good time to put in an order? thanks. I am sure from my chatting up the game that quite a few people will want to order once the santa dust has settled.thanks.tom james

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/19/2011 3:26 PM

    @Tom James: We are glad that you love Askew and have been raving about it. That is wonderful! Unfortunately, we know the game is sold out for the season but don't know when it will be available to order again. Hopefully we'll have it again in the new year.

  • Tom James
    Tom James
    1/6/2012 12:40 AM

    HI ,,does anyone know what the status of Askew is? I was able to buy the game and it is crazy how many people now want to buy it after seeing it in action. Probably could have sold at least 20 games alone this week. I heard that the inventor sold the game to a toy company, i would like to report back to my Askew starving friends and let them know that there is hope that the game will again be available..thanks.tom kudos to STeve for a very fun, intriguing game.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2012 1:15 PM

    @Tom James: Steve did sell the game to Melissa and Doug which adds another wonderful layer to his story. We have some on order from them and will be one of the first to have it back in stock.

  • Joanne F
    Joanne F
    1/6/2012 4:14 PM

    Gave 2 Askew games at Christmas, and used both at a family retreat the following week. HUGH hit -- a game all ages can play and excel at. I was worried... but it was a huge success. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2012 5:02 PM

    @Joanne F: It's great to hear that it was a huge success! Thanks for stopping back to share.

  • Bev O
    Bev O
    1/8/2012 9:20 PM

    A friend brought his game over the holidays and we all got hooked (literally). Where can we find another set or two so that we can share this with others? It is a great challenge for fine motor and for planning. Thanks for a unique game.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/8/2012 10:27 PM

    @Bev O: We have more on order and will let you know when they are in.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Askew!

A Balance and Building Game

Building Suspense

Introducing: Askew! It’s a game for players of all ages to have fun ‘hanging’ together.

Askew! is a construction game with a hook — the structure you’re building is suspended. It comes with 24 notched metal pieces that are color-coded to correspond with a die. Taking turns, players hang the metal rods from a hook in the game’s base. As each piece is oh-so carefully added, the structure’s center of gravity shifts. Pieces pivot—inhale—potentially disengaging and falling—or not—exhale. The first player to hang all
their pieces wins the game

The inventor of Askew! is Steve Herbolich, an industrial designer who was bored with his day job and created the first prototype in 2004 by bending wire around a butter knife. Later, he designed and built the machines used today to make each game in his workshop. Thanks to our finder, Evelyn Hesch, who spotted Steve at a farmers’ market in Greensboro, N.C. Her family loved it and in turn gave the game to all their friends. Now we’re telling all our friends about Askew!, too.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steve
    Steve

    Hi Grommet Folks. I'm Steve, the inventor of Askew! It feels great when someone loves your product and hearing that Evelyn's grandkids loved their Askew! game would have been rewarding enough for me, but to have my game submitted by the recipients as a Grommet, to have it chosen by the Grommet team and to be here with you today is even better. Askew! is fun for a variety of ages playing alone or in a group so I know you're going to love it, too. I'm here to answer any questions you have.

  • Bobbi Halterbeck
    Bobbi Halterbeck
    3/11/2011 1:15 PM

    Where are these games available for purchase. I live in Auburn which is in Northern California. My family loves games like this and we will all be together tomorrow for a birthday celebration. I would love to purchase one for our get together tomorrow.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 1:37 PM

    @Bobbi Halterbeck: They are so new to the market that they are not currently available in your area. You can purchase them here in the shopping box to the right of the video and look forward to them for a future celebration.

  • Connie D'Amico
    Connie D'Amico
    3/11/2011 2:05 PM

    I am always looking for new games for my grandchildren and would love to purchase this game. Tell me how! Many thanks, Connie D'Amico

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 2:08 PM

    @Connie D'Amico: This is going to be a fun one for them! You can purchase it right here from Daily Grommet. Just to the right of the Askew! video is the ability to purchase it. Choose your option (for the Askew! game there is only one option) and click 'Buy Now'.

  • Donelle
    Donelle
    3/11/2011 2:32 PM

    Items are priced too high. $28 for this? I'm sorry, that's crazy. I would love this item, but I refuse to pay that much.

  • Linda W.
    Linda W.
    3/11/2011 2:51 PM

    @Donelle: When was the last time you priced toys (e.g. Legos)? Just the novelty of it is worth the price, to say nothing of the hours of enjoyment you'd derive from it. Put into prespective, compare it to the price of a movie or a sporting event (plus gas to get there and back), which are one-time events -- this game can be played over and over again for years to come.

  • cochran
    cochran
    3/11/2011 2:54 PM

    @Donelle: I can appreciate it being that pricey if it is made in the U.S. by a small company. If it were made overseas, I wouldn't pay more than $10. The big box stores have spoiled us into expecting everything to be cheap.

    Is it still made here? (@Steve)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 3:22 PM

    @cochran: He does still manufacture them here with machines that he designed himself.

  • Steve Herbolich
    Steve Herbolich
    3/11/2011 4:52 PM

    @cochran: Hi, Steve here. I make the entire thing myself. All the materials except for the die are from US suppliers. The die I order from England because I can't find one that is that cool here.

  • kelley joseph
    kelley joseph
    3/11/2011 3:08 PM

    ok was it evelyn or toby who brought askew to grommet? you credited both, evelyn early on and then toby towards the end and am only curious about the conflict of info now worries really just kind of thing that drives my super analytical need for clarification mind crazy :) oh and ps love askew and plan to purchase for my 3 kids thanks for putting it on grommet!!

  • Jesse
    Jesse – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 3:28 PM

    @kelly, it was Evalyn who found it and gave it to tobey, who then told Jen about it. A bit of a word of mouth puzzle in itself!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    3/11/2011 3:58 PM

    Is this still available for local pickup/buy in Greensboro?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/11/2011 4:38 PM

    @Michelle: I bet it is! I will put you in touch directly with Steve.

  • Steve
    Steve
    3/11/2011 4:55 PM

    @Michelle: Hi, you can get it locally in Greensboro through me directly or at Toys and Co in Friendly Ctr and in Winston Salem

  • Naoh Parrish
    Naoh Parrish
    3/11/2011 11:28 PM

    Here's the short and long of it. I've grown up playing this game. It's a wonderful way to make yourself think about the reactions and counteractions of every move you make. I've never played a game of askew that wasn't a blast. Sometimes it has gotten pretty competitive and we've gotten to a point where we get sort of malicious with our placement of the pieces but I think that's just a testament to the vast amount of entertainment that can be had with a cylinder of plastic that contains little metal polls and curved hanging pieces.

  • Susan Zimmerman
    Susan Zimmerman
    3/15/2011 7:21 PM

    So cool...def. want to get for our beach house to play w all our guest!

  • Cabernette
    Cabernette
    9/14/2011 12:22 PM

    We have played this game many times in my new home, good for all ages,alway a great time, lots of laughs! Love that it is made in the USA!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/14/2011 12:49 PM

    @Cabernette: We are glad that this is a hit in your home! Thank you for stopping back to share.

  • Donna
    Donna
    12/3/2011 12:32 AM

    I saw this game in Lake Placid this summer and it was great fun. I would like to order it for a Holiday gift however, I am told it is unavailable. Please help!!

    Donna

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/3/2011 1:52 PM

    @Donna: We are taking orders for Askew although the orders won't be able to ship until December 17th. This will be just in time for a holiday delivery. You can order on Askew's Grommet feature page. The shopping box is just to the right of the video. This will make a great gift!

  • Misty
    Misty
    12/13/2011 5:19 PM

    Am I too late to get an askew game for christmas?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/13/2011 6:51 PM

    @Misty Phiffer: Unfortunately, it is sold out for the holiday season.

  • Tom
    Tom
    12/19/2011 2:20 PM

    hi.askew is a ton of fun. I want to order after holidays..and a number of my adult education students want to order also,after a did a rave up on the game in my classes. I know that it is sold out, any idea when would be the good time to put in an order? thanks. I am sure from my chatting up the game that quite a few people will want to order once the santa dust has settled.thanks.tom james

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/19/2011 3:26 PM

    @Tom James: We are glad that you love Askew and have been raving about it. That is wonderful! Unfortunately, we know the game is sold out for the season but don't know when it will be available to order again. Hopefully we'll have it again in the new year.

  • Tom James
    Tom James
    1/6/2012 12:40 AM

    HI ,,does anyone know what the status of Askew is? I was able to buy the game and it is crazy how many people now want to buy it after seeing it in action. Probably could have sold at least 20 games alone this week. I heard that the inventor sold the game to a toy company, i would like to report back to my Askew starving friends and let them know that there is hope that the game will again be available..thanks.tom kudos to STeve for a very fun, intriguing game.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2012 1:15 PM

    @Tom James: Steve did sell the game to Melissa and Doug which adds another wonderful layer to his story. We have some on order from them and will be one of the first to have it back in stock.

  • Joanne F
    Joanne F
    1/6/2012 4:14 PM

    Gave 2 Askew games at Christmas, and used both at a family retreat the following week. HUGH hit -- a game all ages can play and excel at. I was worried... but it was a huge success. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2012 5:02 PM

    @Joanne F: It's great to hear that it was a huge success! Thanks for stopping back to share.

  • Bev O
    Bev O
    1/8/2012 9:20 PM

    A friend brought his game over the holidays and we all got hooked (literally). Where can we find another set or two so that we can share this with others? It is a great challenge for fine motor and for planning. Thanks for a unique game.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/8/2012 10:27 PM

    @Bev O: We have more on order and will let you know when they are in.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.