An ancient Scandinavian game, KUBB may have originated over 1000 years ago. It’s a fun but complicated yard game that takes a few games to get the hang of, but it is loads of fun, with healthy balance of strategy and luck. Adam introduced me to Kubb and we’ve played many a game – he decided to customize his set by adding gold leave and wood-burning. And here you can see the beautiful results!
The purpose of the game is to knock over the King, and the first to do so, wins. But it takes a while to get there sometimes! Like the board game Monopoly, it can take far too long, but it can also end quickly. Let’s have a look at the game pieces:
Nicknamed “Viking Chess”, it is thought that the Vikings used to play with, instead of wood pieces as we do today, with the skulls and femurs of their enemies! How wild is that!?
Kubb is a lawn game where the objective is to knock over wooden blocks called “kubbs” by throwing wooden batons called “kastpinnar” at them. Play takes place on a small rectangular playing field, known as a “pitch”. Kubbs are placed at both ends of the pitch, and the “king”, a larger wooden block, is placed in the middle of the pitch. Some rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate objective of the game is to knock over the “kubbs” on the opposing side of the pitch, and then to knock over the “king”, before the opponent does. Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour, because your opponents knocked over kubbs are constantly replaced on your pitch, and those must be knocked over before you can continue knocking down your own kubbs.
The best way to learn, is to play. And with the game’s flexibility, there are no excuses!! Because you can play one-on-one, or up to 12 players with 6 on each team.