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Swedish game revived

Aug. 8, 2013 |

There’s a game, or should I say, an awaiting test of skill and fortitude among rivals that is played on a mock battlefield using the crudest and oldest material known to man – wood. The Swedish call it “Kubb” (pronounced koob) and it dates back to medieval times. It originated on the island of Gotland, just of the Swedish mainland, a thousand years ago. The game has now found its way to the heartland of the good ole U.S. of A. Wisconsin hosts international Kubb tournaments annually. The game is bound to bring out the medieval spirit, that ancient ancestral hunger and that primal desire for battlefield fun and chivalry. The basic game is played by opponents taking turns tossing wooden dowels (pinnars) in an attempt to topple their opponents blocks of wood (knights). The first person or team that knocks down all of their opponent’s knights then goes for the king to claim victory. To learn more about this great lawn game, just search "Kubb YouTube” online. Bill Paul Chicopee

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