Game Day: Kubb, or Viking Chess, and the start of something big.

After a tremendously long walk, dropping a few bills on some new gear and toys and a board game, and some chicken spring rolls from Whole Foods, I found myself in Cheesman Park soaking up the sun of an 87 degree Denver day. Soon thereafter, a couple of friends swung by to join me, one bringing with him a lawn game I had no idea existed: Kubb. Huh? Well here’s a little background from our credible source, Wiki:

Kubb (pronounced [kʉb] in swedish or [kub] in Gutnish) is a lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden sticks at them.

Kubb can be simply described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes. Today’s version originated on Gotland island, Sweden.

Rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate object of the game is to knock the “King” over, before your opponent does. This, combined with the fact that there is a certain level of strategy that can be used by players, has led some players and kubb fans to nickname the game “Viking Chess.” However, unlike chess, if a player or team knocks over the king before achieving their objectives, that player/team immediately loses the game. Some games have been known to last for hours.

The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as sand, concrete, grass, or even ice.

Kubb is a good game for children (under supervision), although in such cases, the 8-meter pitch length (specified in some instructions), is often shortened.

I love discovering new  games like this, if only because I’m sick of the dudes that made their own boards for bags, or cornhole, and thinking they are the first to discover that game. Not that I claim to have discovered Kubb either, but I also know I’m not the only one who knows all the words to the Fresh Prince theme song. But aside from that reason, finding out more about a game, like coming across the Kubb National Championship site, and finding out that there was a band called Kubb featuring a member that is now one half of the duo, La Roux. Go figure, huh?

So if you find yourself in either Cheesman, City, or Wash park, see a few unsavory characters throwing wooden dowels at blocks while trying not to spill Bud Light all over the place, do come by and say hi. In fact, let’s get a Denver Kubb league going. We need sponsors. And jerseys. And beer.

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One response to “Game Day: Kubb, or Viking Chess, and the start of something big.

  1. Pingback: Fyrkat: Viking Fortress / Portable Grill « the momentum of failure

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