Posted by: noadventure | December 10, 2012

Play Viking Chess(KUBB)!

Ah, lawn games. They go hand-in-hand with friends and alcohol. Some friends of mine introduced me to a cool game called Kubb(pronounced COOB). It’s kind of like a cross between horseshoes, bowling, and chess. It’s got more rules than horseshoes, but it’s way more fun. It seems complicated at first, but the best way to learn the game is to play it. Kubb is a runaway hit in Europe and Wisconsin(where it is played in P.E. classes in schools). You can play on sand, grass, concrete, or even ice; there’s no reason not to have a Kubb set at your winter chalet in Aspen AND your island home in the South Pacific.

Here’s what you need:

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10 Kubbs(rectangular blocks of wood which can be made from a 4×4 post)

6 Dowels(for tossing)

1 King Kubb(it can just be a longer piece of the 4×4 post)

4 Stakes for marking the corners of your play field

The dimensions of the field and game pieces aren’t so important to me, but if you want a regulation set and you’re not a carpenter, you can pick one up on Amazon or Ebay.

Here’s how to play(fast forward to 1:20 if you want to skip the jackassery).

Legend has it that Vikings invented the game centuries when pillaging. they would use the skulls(kubbs) and femurs(dowels) of their enemies and play the game. I guess you could play with human bones, but the wooden blocks are probably better for consistency.

In summation, Kubb is a fun game.

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