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What the Krap is Kubb?

Updated: Aug 14, 2018

So, we know that #Kubb+ is not the most widely recognisable of all our games and we've been feeling a bit sorry for it 😢


After all, this plucky Swede 🇸🇪 is one of our favourites, and involves lobbing wooden blocks at other wooden blocks to try to knock them down — I mean, what more could you want?!

But, okaaay... we admit, Kubb+ can be a little tricky to figure out. What with the kubbs, batons -- not to mention the King -- there's a lot going on.

Where to start?


Well, start outside. You need a relatively flat lawn area, some string or something else to mark off a pitch, and a group of mates to form teams - you can play 1 on 1 or up to 6 against 6.

The pitch should be 8 metres long, 5 metres wide, with a centre line through the middle. The King gets placed in the middle of the centre line, and 5 kubbs line up on each team's base line.

To start the match, each side throws a baton towards the King - closest plays first.


The first team - we'll call them the red team - take turns throwing batons at the blue team's baseline, knocking down their kubbs. Then - and here's the kicker - those knocked over kubbs get thrown back by the blue team, over the baseline and onto the red team's playing area.


Those are now called field kubbs, and they are tilted upright where they lay by the red team.


Now it's the blue team's turn, but before they can aim for the red's team's baseline kubbs, they need to knock down the field kubbs.

If the blue team fails to knock down all the field kubbs, the red team then gets to have a free throw - but instead of throwing from their baseline, they can throw from the line of the field kubb closest to the centre line.

Play alternates like this until one team is able to knock down all the field kubbs then baseline kubbs of the opposing team -- only then can they take a shot at the King! Knocking the King down before knocking down all the kubbs is an instant loss 🙅🏻

Woo hoo! Red team won (I was totally pulling for them).


Still konfused about Kubb? Thankfully, the good people at Sky Motion Media have made a pretty great video about it 👇🏽

And never fear - like all our games, when you rent Kubb+ from us you'll receive an awesome instruction card.


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