Crokicurl, the sport-like game where crokinole and curling collide, is now being played in multiple cities across Canada.
The game has players competing using crokinole rules, but using curling stones in lieu of wooden discs and competing on a large scale playing surface made of ice. Players still need to aim for the 20 hole and hit competing players pieces, but now they will be doing this by hurling curling stones across a sheet of ice, with wooden posts blocking shots instead of pegs.
The hybrid game originated in Winnipeg in 2017 when a team of architects built the first crokicurl board at the iconic Forks river site.
While the game was the brainchild of the architects at Winnipeg-based Public City Architecture firm and the first rink was built in Winnipeg, Crokicurl has been picked up in other Canadian municipalities. The Acadia Community Association in Calgary found their inspiration from the Winnipeg game, building a crokicurl rink further West.
As a testament to the popularity of both sports, a story about the Winnipeg invention was one of the most popular posts the Calgary based community association had in 2017:
Last year, when the Winnipeg [crokicurl] article came out, I had put it on our community Facebook page… and the engagement on that post alone pretty much outweighs what we [usually] do in the whole entire year.”
While the game has no confirmed place in the 2018 winter olympics, a possible bid by Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Games could raise the hopes of potential crokicurl medalists.
As a disclaimer, I have taken guests to the Calgary crokicurling site. The game is every bit as amazing as you could possibly hope it would be.
Fear not gentle readers, after taking a week off for GenCant I am back to give you another full blast of Kickstarter goodness, so lets see what’s been happening.
First up is a board game accessory in the form of the Omnitray. This aims to bring the organization prowess of trays like seen in Zombicide Black Plague, and adapt them to fit multiple different games. This is achieved by having a base layout with openings to add in modules for circular tokens, cards, or 2mm or 3mm thick tokens. These different modules make the tray compatible with over a dozen games including Descent, Doom, and Elder Sign. So if you need help keeping yourself organized, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next is the latest campaign from Mayday Games to get you a nice Crokinole board for a decent price. While there are some additions that you can add such as a carrying bag or a clock face, for the most part this campaign is all about getting you the board, discs, and disc container. Having backed the 2017 version of this I can say the board is excellent and plays great, even if there were some hiccups during production and some slight damage on the outside. But for a large solid wood game like this, $99 plus shipping is a hard price to beat for a fun game that most any age can play. Crokinole for those who don’t know is a dexterity game where you are attempting you flick your discs into the center hole, or at least get close. There are rules for where you disc has to stop or if it has to hit another player’s disc, but that is the gist of the rules, flick a disc and score as high as you can. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information on the game and the board.
Next is an expansion to a highly popular party game, Vegas Wits and Wagers. This is an expansion to the Wits and Wagers Party game and includes some new features that make the game even more fun. Key to that is a bigger mat for bets to be placed on, with the inclusion of safe bets for guessing if the answer is higher or lower, long shots by betting on people, and a place to store extra chips for each round. Also included are mats that can be used to close off slots of the board for various player counts, and additional question cards with more up to date questions. All of this makes this expansion an essential item for fans of the game. You can pledge for just the expansion, or the expansion and the full game as you will not be able to play the game with just Vegas Wits and Wagers. Head on over to the Kickstarter page to see it in all it’s glory. (including the swaddling of a medium sized dog in the new mat)
After this is the obligatory dice project, and that is HEX, the magically minimal die. What’s interesting about the HEX die is that while it’s sitting on the table, it just looks like a useless cube. Pick up and roll it however and the pips will light up, showing the result of your roll. Special attention was paid to long shelf life, giving the initial batteries a shelf life of several years, and a usage life of up to a year. So if you are looking for your next piece of gaming gadgetry, check out this Kickstarter.
Then we have a game that’s all about a dog’s life, simply called, A Dog’s Life. This is a family weight game where each player plays a different kind of dog, trying to bury three bones at their homestead before anydog else. On your turn you have lots of options from piddling on lamp posts, drinking from the fountain, delivering newspapers, fighting the other dogs, rummaging in the trash and more. The results of each action are going to be determined by the cards you play, with each one having different aspects like higher fighting strength, or giving you a bone for delivering a newspaper, to finding more food in a trashcan. You will have to keep your stomach full, bladder empty, and keep moving to avoid the dog catcher and collect your bones. First dog to bury their third bone will be top dog. You can check out the Kickstarter page for more info on this adorable game, and it even has an option to have the dog minis hand painted.
Up next is a new skirmish game being called Avertigos that features steam punk style Chinese boats as airships, fighting it out in the sky or on land with troops. This game can be played as a skirmish game where each play outfits a couple ships and comes out fighting. Each player can pick a ship type, with different health and action point allowances, and then take turns drafting upgrade cards. These upgrades have miniatures of them that you attach directly to your ship, making it look like it’s ready for battle. Movement is done with cards and combat is resolved through dice rolling, and or course, whoever survives will be the winner. There is also a strategy game mode where you will be fighting over trade routes on the board in an area control style game. But taking over the different islands is not so easy because there are natives populating these places, and they don’t take kindly to your trying to take over. So if this game has peaked your interest, check out their Kickstarter page.
And finally, we have another Kickstarter for gaming tables, this time in the portable variety. Game Anywhere Tables are folding tables with the typical gamer add-ons like card holders, cup holders, trays for tokens, cards, and even player shields and rulebook holders. Also typical of gaming tables, these are not cheap, having a price tag of $299 for early bird on just the basic 4′ x 4′ table with no extra frills. As you add more customized options the price goes up, but with the option for a foldable table that is 6′ x 4′ and includes all these extras, it may just be worth the cost. You can check out the tables and all the different options on their Kickstarter page, and then start saving up to make the payments on them.
Have you ever wonder what it would be like to fuse Crokinole with Golf? Well so has John Klassen and he has done just that. Klassen started out just trying to build a Crokinole board of his own to play with family and friends. However during the process is idea shifted to fusing Croikinole with Golf to create the new game that he calls Golf Board.
“Everyone talks about doing something, making something new. I figured, ‘what can it hurt?’,” said Klassen.
After letting some of his friends play test his new creation, not only did his friends want it but due to their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game, he made 50 copies and started selling them locally in the area of Pembina Valley which is the south-central region of Manitoba, Canada.
Many changes have been made to his design from that original to its current form. According to Klassen sales have been good which he attributes to the popularity of Crokinole. Interest is has been sparked not only in those that have played Crokinole for 50 years, but also in the younger generation. Klassen has stated that “Everyone’s on the same level. All you need to know is how to flick the disk, so anybody can do it.”
Since 2000 when Klassen started his creation, he got married and started a family. This put a temporary stop to production, however he recently has picked up where he left off.