by Chris Carroll, Founder
DAGZ the concept was invented on a trip back from Riviera Maya, Mexico after enjoying a nice vacation including fun in the Sun and days of music by the Zac Brown Band. My name is Chris Carroll and I am the Principal owner of DAGZ. My family, friends and I are a social bunch of characters who love a little competition. With that said, we enjoy playing many of the outdoor games such as: horseshoes, bocce ball, bean bags, can jam, beers-bee, spike-ball and ladder ball. There’s been many a night that the halogen lights were busted out to keep the bean bag competition flowing. In fact, it is the constant encountering of natural elements like nightfall, rain, snow, and wind that inspired the invention of DAGZ.
I wanted something that encapsulated the social competitive aspects of these outdoor games we knew and loved into something that is portable and could be used both indoor and outdoor.
Shortly after arriving home from Riveria Maya I went to work on constructing a prototype of the game we now know and love called DAGZ. Funny story is that my wife, Jennifer, thought I was a little crazy and laughed it off as I was out in the garage tinkering around telling her that I invented a game and was trying to make it. That same evening my brother-in-law Joe and sister-in-law Shannon arrived for a visit. Initially, they thought I fell off my rocker too, but Joe stuck with me and helped me put the finishing touches on the first prototype. By now he was intrigued and couldn’t wait to try the game out for the first time.
Once we started playing we didn’t stop until 4 hours later.
We had established the number 1 and 2 ranked players in the world and unfortunately as the game inventor I had literally been beaten at my own game. Joe was ranked number 1 and I was number 2, although I did win the first official game for money which was a whopping $1.00.
When we woke the following day I was dreaming about the possibilities of the game and whether others would like it too. For the next several weeks/months I pursued filing for a patent and testing my prototypes with family and friends. All the while we were searching for a name for the game. On a trip to my parents house for a family get together, my brother Mike and my nephew Mikey coined the name DAGZ. I give them both credit as I am not sure which truly had the idea first.
The name was perfect as it embodied exactly what the category of game could be, Dice Angle Games (DAGZ).