Outdoor Lawn Game

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If you can’t beat ‘em, then why not make your own game? That’s what Murray Kramer did back in the late 1970s when he couldn’t win a game of horseshoes against his gentlemanly neighbor. A college student at the time, Murray created what are essentially giant marbles and devised a game that’s loosely based on bocce. Today, the all-ages game of Murbles is fun to play in any outdoor setting—at the beach, in your backyard, at a campsite, you name it.

The rules are simple. One or two players on each team try to toss their Murbles closest to the point ball. Points are awarded in each round, and the first team to reach 10 points wins the set. The game winner is declared when a team takes two out of three sets.

Murbles doesn’t require any special skills, it can be played on virtually any terrain (obstacles such as trees, rocks, and sand dunes just increase the excitement, Murray says), and it comes in a handy canvas carrying bag that’s easy to bring on vacation or to a get-together. The 3-inch game balls are made in America using recycled plastic material. If you want to spice up your summer games routine, try tossing Murbles. It’s easy to get addicted!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Murray

    Like many other Daily Grommet fans, you look to the Daily Grommet for unique gift selections that will bring a smile to your family and friends. Murbles is a Gen-X version of an old European outdoor recreational game that will bring years of fun and excitement to your entire family. I designed and developed Murbles to be easy and rewarding to play. Please feel free to ask me anything that needs clarification.

  •  Bob and Debbe
    Bob and Debbe
    5/31/2012 12:26 PM

    This game is the best new game out in the market - we have played in Colorado and Florida. You can play it ANYWHERE - snow, sand(beach), grass/no grass, trees/without, etc. - you get the idea. Kids love it as well as seniors and in between....we have had our set for over three years and have gifted to our kids and grandkids. They LOVE it. Take it anywhere!!!!!!!! Recommend it - five stars.

  •  Tom
    5/31/2012 12:33 PM

    MURBLES is a great Game. My wife & I have been playing for about 2 years and LOVE it !!! Since we've been playing, it's been amazing how many of our friends have become MURBLE players. It's an easy game to play and you can virtually play it any where.. Once you start to develop your skills .. the game becomes even more Exciting. We've also found out that MURBLES make a great gift . WE LOVE OUR MURBLES !!!!!!!

  •  Susan Mather
    Susan Mather
    5/31/2012 12:51 PM

    This game is great. When our grand kids come to visit they know right where we keep them and they go right outside and start playing together (their ages are 8 to 19) We also have a set in our Motor home so when we go to the races or parks we take them out and people ask where did we get that game it looks like fun. I am not good at any sport or game but this game is so easy I can even win LOL.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/31/2012 1:36 PM

    We love to hear from the fans of Grommets. Murray, thanks for having your community join us here today!

  • Emily
    5/31/2012 1:42 PM

    I gotta have this. It sounds like great fun. It's small and easy to take-with for family picnics etc. No nets to set up, rackets to drag along, parts to lose. Love that it is stored in a canvas bag rather than some synthetic material that will rip or disintegrate and go in a landfill. Thoughtful idea to put instructions on bag so they won't get lost. Sounds simple enough for anyone to learn anyways. But because they are important to me, best by far are that it is MADE IN USA and of RECYCLED PLASTIC!!! I will proudly throw down $40 for my own set and will consider who I can buy gifts for too. thank you to Grommet for showcasing it, and thank you to Murbles for keeping it in country, and thinking sustainably in content and packaging. I look forward to playing the game and spreading the word to promote the product as well. Kudos!

  •  LMR
    5/31/2012 2:05 PM

    How does this game differ from Bocce Ball?

    What are the balls made of?

  •  Major
    5/31/2012 2:49 PM

    @ LMR

    To me it looks like an overpriced repeat of bocce ball with the spin of being "green" --- recycled plastic, canvas bag... Seriously, $40 for 3 plastic balls and a bag?

  • Murray
    Murray – Special Guest
    5/31/2012 3:29 PM

    @ Major

    Just to clarify, a set of Murbles has 7 balls, not 3. And a good set of Bocce balls will run close to $100.00. You can get a water fill set made in china for less.

  • Murray
    Murray – Special Guest
    5/31/2012 3:02 PM

    @ LMR

    First, Murbles are 25 pounds lighter than the standard Bocce game . The balls are sized to be played by the young and old. The point ball can be seen from a good distance. The Murbles point ball has more action do to it's revelivent size to the game balls. You can pick the custom colors of your game. I use some recyled plastic in the production of my Murbles. Murbles are Made heren in America. My Murble game bag is made in the oldest bag manufacter in the USA. Kids can play murbles Older people can play Murbles and not hurt their sholders. Oh, and Murbles are boyuant if tosed in to water. and one more. A good set of Bocce will cout around $100.00 Murbles $40.

  •  LMR
    6/1/2012 2:47 AM

    @Murray Kramer

    Thanks for the reply. Do these balls bounce at all? How tough are they on rough, rocky terrain (& asphalt) ? I have a very nice Bocce set and when my kids play "extreme" Bocce the balls tend to be scratched up a bit. These seem like a nice alternative.

  • Murray
    Murray – Special Guest
    6/1/2012 12:31 PM

    @ LMR

    Hi LMR, The Murble balls are made from High Dennsity Plastic. I have seen a murble that was run over with a lawn mower and the ball had several cuts in it but was still playable.The balls will bounce but you will need to really slam them in to a hard serface.Murbles are made with a sumewhat rough surface (like an orange peel) so that nicks and marks blend in. If the kids play on rocky terrain or asvalt there is a good chance that your ball will get marked up but you will be saving your you more expensive Bocce balls.

  •  Mike Oatman
    Mike Oatman
    5/31/2012 2:59 PM

    FUN game! I did a Murbles tournament with about 35+ other "players" a while back and we all had a fun time. This is a USA made, high quality product. Don't let the simplicity fool you... buy American!

  •  Patricia Moss
    Patricia Moss
    5/31/2012 10:36 PM

    HURRAH! A reasonably priced product made in the United States AND utilizes recycled materials.

    THANK YOU, Murray Kramer.

    And thank you, DailyGrommet, for featuring this item. Look forward to see more American made products.

  •  Myrna
    6/1/2012 4:30 AM

    Murbles is a great game...I played it last weekend at the beach, I lost to the Murbleman though, but I had fun!

  •  Kay Wilson
    Kay Wilson
    6/1/2012 8:13 AM

    I received my murble game about two years ago. Since I live in Texas we go to Galvastion alot. My grandchildren love coming and playing the game. It's fun playing in the sand.The adults also enjoy it. It's a good game for the money. Alot of fun.

  •  Gordo
    6/1/2012 10:42 AM

    Murbles - what a great game and alternative to Bocce Ball. In the State of Mississippi, the Good Sams organization has replaced our traditional Bocce Ball tournament with Murbles. We have found that Murbles provides us with a relaxing way to play a game similar to Bocce Ball, but without all the headaches of Bocce Ball - no court to set-up, no having to find a clear flat grassy area where we can play, no problem storing the string and stakes required to set-up the court, no hammer to tote for stake driving, no bending/breaking the stakes if the soil is rocky, and no to mention NO HEAVY BALLS to hug around. Thank you Murray for bring this new and easy to play game to the State of Mississippi. Come join-in at our next Mississippi Samboree in Tylertown, MS on September 27-30,2012 and get signed up for the Murbles Tournament - It fills up early!!!

  •  Mary
    6/10/2012 12:58 AM

    @ Gordo WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS GAME? I was waiting to hear something other than people throwing balls.

  •  maria & Linda
    maria & Linda
    6/9/2012 4:40 PM

    In our Family we have been playing murbles for years now we have tournaments at our family reunions we have a blast any member from 3 to 81 years, can play ! Fun fun fun

  • Navi
    11/7/2012 12:31 PM

    This is a pre-existing game. It's from France, and it's called Boules.

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