If you’ve never heard of the game Kubb, it’s a forgivable offence. It’s not quite as popular as other backyard favourites like Cornhole or Spikeball, nor does it require the consumption of adult beverages like beersby or beer pong. Kubb is a game from a different era, one that has a unique set of rules and a very interesting way of playing.
While different, it can still be a great activity to play and can involve a number of different people. What makes this game such a backyard staple is that it involves those aspects. As we know, if you’re going to be having fun with a large group of people, getting as many of them involved as possible is a great start.
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How to play Kubb
So how does one even play Kubb, you ask? Well, Kubb is somewhere in between horseshoes and bowling, in that you’re trying to knock down the Kubbs (pins, essentially) with a stick. The gist of the game, is to knock down all the Kubbs that have been set up on the opponent’s side, knocking over the King Kubb to end the game. There are quite a few rules that determine who goes at what time, what to do with Kubbs that have been knocked over, and where to place them once they have been knocked over.
Each Kubb team throws six batons (underhanded, end over end) per turn. The game is played on a “pitch” that should be roughly five metres by eight metres (make the best of the space you have on hand, as the perfect pitch isn’t always achievable).
Once the Kubbs have been setup on either end one team throws and then the other does, and so on until one team has knocked over the King Kubb after knocking down the other Kubbs first.
Best Kubb Sets
Finally, we thought that after we learned about the game and played it a few times that it was certainly worth sharing. We have chosen three sets that we feel are top quality for a very fair price. This is a game that’s easy to pack up and play anywhere as well, so long as you are able to find suitable space for it.
It’s a game that any age can play, and is something that is easy to learn and get better at with time. We’ve come to really enjoy playing Kubb, and we think that you will too. With all of that in mind, here is our review of three Kubb sets and why we think you should be giving the game a try at your next party.
It may sound a little difficult to pick up at first, but we can assure you that this game is as simple as any other. We also really came to like the fact that you can have up to six people per side, which is a great way to involve a lot of people in a fun activity and keep people engaged. Whether you want to have a few drinks while you play is completely up to you, but isn’t necessary to spur on the fun.
If you’re looking for something simple that will get you through the summer and won’t cost a fortune, then this is a great set. The carrying case and the quality of the materials was something we really appreciated, and we think you will too. Bringing this guy home is a great way to spend time with friends and family while enjoying a great new game.
The first set we chose to look at is this fine offering from aptly named Yard Games. It’s a dead simple set, but we really appreciated the quality of the materials as well as the fact it comes with a handy carrying case. As we mentioned before, this is a great game to be able to take to any lawn party or any day at the beach; having a case supplied is a huge bonus. It comes with all the necessary pieces and won’t cost a fortune to bring home.
The next set we chose to look at, is this model from Bex Sports. This is a slightly higher-end option than the previous set and once you dive into it you can see why. It’s built with quality hardwood and you can tell as soon as you pick it up that this set was finely made and make with quality wood.
Secondly, we really like the addition of the red king. It’s a small detail but it adds a little intrigue to the set and helps to clearly delineate the king from the rest of the set. It’s not completely necessary, but it’s the small touches that really set this one apart from its competitors.
The quality does include a slightly higher price tag, but it’s not prohibitive to the point that you shouldn’t bother looking at it. It’s still a set that we consider to have a lot of value and one we really enjoyed playing with. If you’re looking for something a little higher end and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks, then this is probably the set for you.
The last set we chose to look at was this one from Triumph. With a price that comes in between our first two options, it’s a nice middle ground for those looking for something that they want to hang on to for more than a summer, but also a pretty reasonable price.
This set comes with coloured pieces as well and is made of kiln-dried hardwood, ensuring that it can withstand a beating from the elements as well as kids. It’s from a company who we’ve tested out before and have never had any issues with the quality of their products.
If you’re looking for something that you may want to hold onto for an extended period of time and don’t want to break the bank in doing so, then this is a set that we highly recommend taking a look at. It won’t break down and will provide hours and hours of fun for whoever chooses to play.