Kubb: The Game For all Ages
History of KUBB
This game originated on the island Gotland in Scotland. It is often acclaimed that the game dates all the way back to the age of the vikings, but there is no historical evidence to this theory. This game became popular in modern times around the 1990's when commercial Kubb sets began to be manufactured and then sold in stores. Since the manufacture of Kubb sets, the game has sparked international interest and is now a hobby world-wide. The annual world championship of Kubb is held on the island of Gotland; several tournaments are also established all across Europe and even the United States. In fact, Eau Claire, the capital of Wisconsin, was claimed the official Kubb capital of the united States on December 13, 2011.
So how do you play KUBB? Great question, let's find out!
Game Pieces of KUBB
This game consists of 23 pieces:
1. Ten Kubbs, or wooden blocks, 15 cm tall and 7 cm square on the end.
2.One King, a larger wooden piece 30 cm tall and 9 cm square on the end, sometimes adorned with a crown design on the top.
3. Four Sticks, wooden batons around 30 cm long and anywhere from 3–5 cm in diameter.
4. Six Stakes, or other markers, to designate the corners of the pitch and the centerline.
(The dimensions were taken from here)
A great tool for all you Kubb newbies!
- Kubb Game Field Set Up Rules - Bam Yard Games
This site offers easy to setup game instructions and a downloadable PDF for the rules with pictures.
Objective of KUBB and a Common Myth
We have learned the boring history of this game, so lets just get outside and play!
Well, unfortunately, you will have to be patient, because you can not play until you learn the objective and the rules of the game.
So, what is the objective, how do you win this game? Well, fellow hubbers, thank you for asking this question; I will reward you with the answer.
The objective of Kubb is to knock the King over before your opponent does. This although may sound easy, involves a lot of strategy. The myth is that this game started with the Vikings and is often referred to as "Viking Chess". The difference is that in Kubb, you can not knock the king over until you have met certain requirements.
This Game is so Much Fun!
Setup for KUBB
Lets learn how to setup this awesome game before we take a look at the rules.
To setup KUBB, this is what you must do.
You must first find an even flat surface; I would recommend your backyard. The game playing area is about a 5m by 7m area with a few feet at each end for "playing room" for the players.
1. You first place the corner stakes at each corner(duh!) as shown in the photo directly below.
2. You then place the King upright in the middle of the field as shown in the photo directly below.
3. You then line up the five kubbs on each side of the playing field within the corner stakes as shown in this photo directly below.
Rules of KUBB
Now, that we have looked at the objective, we are one step closer to playing this game; the only thing that is stopping us from simplistic and pure fun is knowing the rules to the game.
So what are these rules, again thank you for asking. You guys are an inquisitive bunch, I appreciate your eagerness!
The rules might sound complicated, but believe, me they are not. So just for clearer interpretation and reader clarification, I will be adding in pictures every step of the way!
The throw: The player must throw his stick underhand, end-p\over-end; absolutely no helicopter throws are allowed!
To see who goes first: Each team throws one stick, and whichever team's stick lands closest to the king goes first.(If you knock the king over now, you are not eliminated, just rest it back up)
In this case TEAM B would go first.
Team B then throws all of their sticks in attempt to knock over as many kubbs as possible from the opponent's sideline.
In this case, TEAM B knocks over two kubbs.
Team A then tosses back the "toppled kubbs" onto Team B's field. The kubbs now become field kubbs.
TEAM A has thrown over two kubbs, turning them into field kubbs.
Team B then must set up these field kubbs.
TEAM B sets up the field Kubbs where they have fallen.
Team A then tosses back the sticks, but they hit the field kubbs placed down by Team B before they attempt the kubbs on the opponent's baseline.
TEAM A knocking down the field kubbs.
Something to Note on KUBB
1. When either team is tossing over toppled kubbs, they must land them within the playing field. If the kubb bounces out, they have one more chance. If the second chance fails as well, the other team gets to place this field kubb wherever they want. In my opinion, the best place is a block's length(game rule, can not be any closer) away from the King. This way the opposing team has to try to topple this kubb without knocking over the king, and causing an unfortunate loss for their team.
2. If a team fails to knock over the field kubbs, the other team gets to move playing line up to where the kubb stands to throw their next set of sticks. (So be careful, do not miss those "field kubbs")
How to Win KUBB
This process continues until one team has knocked down all of the kubbs from the opponent's baseline.. After all kubbs have been toppled, the team then uses leftover sticks to go for the King. Once the King has been toppled, the game is over!
How you can stack the "field kubbs"
For Faster Gameplay KUBB
I would definitely prefer this option of playing. The team has the option of making contact with each toppled kubb they toss over to the other side This pertains to the way the team can set up the kubbs once they have become "field kubbs". The team then stacks the blocks as shown in this photo. This allows for easier success of knocking down the field kubbs, rather then individual kubbs being placed where they land. It also is a way to conserve sticks, so you can then use more sticks to attack the opponent's baseline.
Some readers still may be confused; and that is perfectly understandable! This game is one of those have-to-play-for-yourself type games. So, do not worry or fret! I will be providing a instructional video, and some links with more pictures!
Informational Sites on KUBB
Here are some websites you can go to learn more information on KUBB, learn how to play with step-by-step instructions, look at pictures, etc. Do not be afraid, these sites will be of a great service to you. I just wanted to get the game out there by publishing this user-friendly article.
My friends and I playing today! This game is much fun!
KUBB Trailer for Your Entertainment!
If these prices alarm you, do not worry! You can make your own game if your good with a saw. (Children do not attempt building a set by yourself. An adult present is highly recommended)