Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cool Stuff: Viking Chess and The Game of Bones

I was reading a really interesting post at Experience Points that talks about a curious game called Kubb. I'm not going to try to explain the game's rules here because I haven't played it yet, but it seems to boil down to throwing wood rods at wood blocks. The Wikipedia entry calls Kubb a combination of bowling and horseshoes, and has a full explanation of how to play the game. It sounds amazing, and frankly anything that is colloquially known as "Viking Chess" has my attention. A related game, Bunnock, sounds equally badass and was allegedly invented by Russian soldiers station in Siberia. I'd be curious to play it if I knew where to get a bunch of horse anklebones.

I'll give an update once I've actually played Kubb, but in the meantime I thought I'd spread the word on these ridiculous games. Apparently they're really big in Europe and Saskatchewan. Has anyone reading this actually played either Kubb or Bunnock? Any thoughts? I have no idea what to expect besides a good time, so lemme know if you've heard or know anything.

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