What is Viking Kubb?
According to legend, the Vikings invented the game Kubb approximately 1000 years ago as a way to entertain themselves and keep their strategic skills sharp between village pillaging expeditions. It is rumored that the Vikings originally played Kubb with the skulls and thighbones of their pillage victims. Fortunately, the current regulatory difficulties of pillaging villages has resulted in a more modern form of the game played with specially crafted wooden blocks.
Combining the sharp-shooting skills of billiards with the strategy of chess, Kubb is a game of throwing sticks at sticks. The team with the last sticks (kubbs) standing wins! But don’t be deceived by this simplistic description. Kubb requires intrigue, strategy, and a healthy dose of trash-talking if you want to be victorious.
How do you play?
Rather than bore you with the ins and outs of every rule, we'll give you a brief description of game play so you can begin to comprehend how epic Kubb is. If you want to know the deets, feel free to check out Wikipedia’s page on Kubb.
SETUP: Each team sets up 5 kubbs in a row along their respective baselines. The king piece is then placed in the center of the field.
GAME PLAY: Each team alternates throwing batons across the field at the opposing team’s kubbs. But wait! Your amazing throwing skills won’t be enough, you need strategy: the kubbs you successfully knock over become a defense because the other team must throw them across the field, set them up, then knock them over again before they can go after your kubbs. Which kubbs should you knock out first? Where should you throw them across the field? How should you set them up? Where should you throw from? A solid strategy separates the boys from the, uh, Vikings. Also, be careful not to hit the King before you’ve taken out his kubbs! If you do, you lose.
WINNING: After you have knocked out all of the opponent’s kubbs, go straight for the King! The first team to knock over the King wins!
Unofficial rules of the game
Kubb has a strong set of vital, but usually unspoken rules. Because you are part of the kickstarter family, however, we’ll spill the beans and let you in on the secret. Here are the hush hush rules of Kubb:
1. Celebrate: Make sure to yell, high five, and give nods of approval after every play, good or bad.
2. Choose your opponents wisely: If you’re new to the game, make sure you don’t play against anyone you suspect of having a weird, native accuracy. This can put your ego in severe danger. If you’re a seasoned Kubb expert, however, deceitfully convince others to play with you, then devastate them. ‘Tis the Viking way.
3. Trash Talk: Insult Kubb skills, life skills, or any other skills as you see fit. Kindle the Viking spirit in all of your Kubb conquests. Viking accents (or attempts thereof) are also encouraged.
4. Play long: Villages aren’t conquered in minutes. Kubb is best enjoyed when time is allowed for occasional distractions: eating burgers, chasing dogs, or watching sunsets. Don’t worry though; if you need a quick Kubb fix, the game can be played straight through when you're short on time.
Who are we? We are a group of friends, students, and Kubb enthusiasts. A few months ago, we began designing Kubb prototypes with the goal of making high-quality, hand-crafted Kubb sets available to a broad market. Now--after weeks of scouting out the best sources for materials, building prototypes, and experimenting with production methods--we have a process that will allow us to make these Kubb sets quickly and affordably.
How are the sets made? To make the Kubb sets, we take wooden beams and rods of various sizes, then use the tools in our shop to chop, strip, route, and reshape these formless pieces of wood into the beautiful pieces you see here on our page. For the $60 and $65 rewards, we then take the sets and lovingly apply paint and wood engravings.
What are the Funds For?
We know how to make beautiful, hand-crafted Kubb. However, to produce our prototypes on a larger scale we need to purchase new, Kubb-specific tools and bits. Reaching our goal will allow us to purchase these items and streamline certain aspects of the production process. (AKA, with enough backers, we’ll be able to make beautiful, handcrafted Kubb sets a reality! Together we can shape the future of backyard party games!)
Risks and challenges
Don’t worry! We’ve done our homework and know how to make Kubb sets. There is, however, a potential risk that we will become inundated with orders beyond our capacity and get behind in the production process. If this happens, we will keep you notified and work constantly to make sure you get to be part of the Kubb revolution before the summer is out. Also, we will offer refunds to any (sniff sniff) dissatisfied customers if we aren't able to deliver by the end of May.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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