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Playing the Game of Crokinole

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This board came to our house and never left

This board came to our house and never left

Little History of this Wooden Board Game

Most people have never even heard of this game, it was new to me when this board found it's way to our house. What I can tell you is it was invented in Ontario, Canada and there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this game.

It has been said that the first time anyone ever played this game was back in 1876 when a genius Eckhardt Wettlaufer decided to wake up one day and create what we now call the Crokinole board.


The Big Kids Game

I’m actually talking about adults that are kids at heart, wanting a little stress relief to break up a long work week. Here at my house this game is played almost every weekend, which is always set up in our garage ready to go at a moments notice.

This particular wooden board doesn’t actually belong to us it was brought over here one night about three years ago and never left. I have tried to play this game a few times which is for two to four players and only because there are times that my husband and his friends need a fourth player.

Personally, the game has little to no excitement for my liking, I prefer a game that has more action but my husband and his friends can’t seem to get enough maybe Crokinole is more of a guys game, at least that's what I think.

It doesn’t seem to matter the age of the guys that come over here to get in on this board game, they seem to enjoy trying to beat each other.

Or maybe it’s the fact that they only play when their drinking beer and that’s the reason that they find this game so fascinating, whatever the reason this board game is well used here at my house.

A rookie learning the rules of the game

A rookie learning the rules of the game

How to Play the Right Way

This is an excellent video to watch for those of you that have never heard of this board game. I actually watched it one day only because I thought our friend who owns the board was cheating.

You never know if someone that knows what their doing is just making up the rules as the game is in play. It turned out after I viewed the video that yes, in fact, he was playing with all the right rules, I couldn’t believe it he wasn’t cheating and did show us how to play the game the right way!

Playing the Game of Crokinole

This is a fairly easy game and it doesn’t have much to it, there is only the board and little round wooden discs for playing. Then just line up the disc, flick it with your finger and try your hardest to have it slide across the board straight into the hole situated in the center, sounds easy enough! Concentration is the key to playing the game, trying to get that little disc into the small hole.

This game can make a great gift idea for birthdays, Christmas or maybe even a graduation gift, the reason I say that is you might have a son heading off to college, and it could be a popular game played in the dorms.

It might surprise you to know that this board comes in many different styles and like anything else can come with a large price range out of your budget range.

The board that we have is made of a solid heavy wood, and is about fifteen years old by now. Doesn't seem to wear out no matter how often they play, just what you want in a board, so I’m told by the professionals that play this game every chance they get.

I should warn you about this one thing, if your husband enjoys the game like mine does, then you’re in serious trouble because you won’t see him for hours as his friends try to beat him at this game.

Looks like the rookie has mastered the game of Crokinole

Looks like the rookie has mastered the game of Crokinole

What Does Crokinole Even Mean

That was my only question about this game since it has a weird name, and the spelling looks like it’s something out of a Star Wars movie, so I had to look for the answer and this was the only thing I could come up with.

Now, this may or may not be true but it is said that Crokinole means Croquet In The Hole, which I guess could make sense since you have to flick those small wooden discs into the hole situated in the centre of the board.


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