2015 Fall Kubb Klassic

September 25, 2015

Last Saturday Des Moines hosted the 6th annual Fall Kubb Klassic, and it was a great day! Beautiful weather (on Saturday at least, Friday was another matter!), a few new ideas (some worked, some didn’t), and a lot of great kubb and good fellowship.

The biggest change for us this year was the move to single games in the qualifying rounds. This format had been tried with great success a couple of other times this year, and it worked out great for us too. The teams were playing more opponents and there was less down time. We had a very competitive field this year as well; going into the 7th round only a single point separated 1st place from 6th. That is the meatgrinder grinding! Once again, by the end of the group rounds there were no undefeated teams and no winless teams – a tradition I hope continues for a long time.

We also did our best to move to a pinless field, but the conditions simply didn’t support it. The grass was too long (it had been mowed 3 days prior, but not particularly low, and combined with the rain late in the week the grass was pretty lush in the park), and especially looking from north to south the glare off of the grass was too bright to see the white-chalked lines so pins were a necessity most of the day. I think a combination of shorter grass and a different color of chalk might work… I remain in the “anti-pin” camp, but I don’t have an acceptable replacement yet. Will be sure to keep you posted!

I want to congratulate all of our top 8 teams, and especially Damage Inc., who won a thriller of a come-from-behind victory over Team Thurms in the Final, and also to ‘Shut Your Kubb Hole’, who overtook the Kubbesotans to become our first ever Consolation Bracket Champions.

Thank you to our sponsors JP’s Backyard Games, Corrosive Clothing, and Blind Photography; a HUGE thank you to Dana Oredson for the gorgeous team trophies for 1st through 3rd place and to Mary Tapken for nailing yet another tee design for us, and lastly to all of our volunteers for their help with set up, registration, scorekeeping, food prep and sales, cleanup, and everything else that needs to happen for a tournament to fall into place. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

See you all next year!


The Interesting 2014 Klassic

September 23, 2014
The morning speech went like this:

"We have 36 teams. We have participants from 8 states. We have new players, we have National Champions and we have most of the players that competed at the World Championship in Sweden and represented us very well with a Silver Medal. We have families and friends playing together. We have unity and common purpose.

We also have some construction [at the park this year]. While hard work can sometimes leave a mess, when it’s done Tower Park will be revitali...

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Kubb a la Klassic, drizzled with a sweet Baton Reduction

July 29, 2014

Once we get about halfway through the Kubb season (yeah, I know, there is no ‘off season’, but you know what I mean), people tend to start talking about what this is the ‘year of’.  Well, reaching back to the end of 2013 in Chaska, I think it’s clear that this is the Year of the Opening.

More and more tournaments are getting on board with the idea of a modified Turn One in order balance the game. Here are some of the ideas that have been implemented recently, and my take on how the...

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An Epic Facebook Thread Part 2

July 2, 2014

Continued from Part 1 <-- Click here and start reading from Part 1

[CH-3] ‘Weaker’ teams will still beat ‘stronger’ teams in the new rule set. Slightly less often when they open, yes, but definitely more often when they answer. The hole they are in on Turn 2 will be a lot shallower on average. The opening team will ‘blank’ on the open more often, and they will have the full 6, no kubbs in hand, and likely the preferable side. Throwing first isn’t as benefitting, throwing ...

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An Epic Facebook Thread Part 1

July 2, 2014

Recently, a large Facebook thread started on the Des Moines Kubb page regarding a rule change at the 2014 US National Kubb Championship. The thread centered around a debate on whether the change was good for the spirit of the game of kubb, and questions around who the rule impacts; does it hurt/help a specific kubb team demographic.

The rule change in summary is that normally a team throws six batons each in a best of 3 match, whereas now at US Nationals, in the 3rd game of the match, only...

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Advantage, Efficiency, and Game Theory (Part 3 of 3)

April 29, 2014

Ok, but is that a BAD thing?

(continued from Part 2)

Now we delve into more philosophical territory. Should the team that plays ‘better’ always win? If not, then why not?

Perhaps I’m being too narrow-minded in my assessment of what defines performance in a game of Kubb. Maybe it needs to be expressed as some function of “Performance = Efficiency + Opening Toss Result”? To be fair, thus far in this series I have been implicitly treating the king toss as a sort of necessary evil, som...

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Advantage, Efficiency, and Game Theory (Part 2 of 3)

April 28, 2014

Kubb Economics 101

(continued from Part 1)

Say what now? Where’s this 40% number coming from? Well, this gets to another project I’ve been working on, which is to express Kubb performance in a slightly different way, and it’s based on this premise:

Kubb is not a game of accuracy - Kubb is a game of economy.

Accuracy certainly helps,...

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Advantage, Efficiency, and Game Theory (Part 1 of 3)

April 28, 2014

A little history

There is an ongoing debate in the Kubb world, and it’s a monster with two heads: First, “How much advantage is there (if any) in throwing first?” Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, “Even if there IS an advantage, is that a bad thing?” (Or maybe more accurately – “How much advantage is too much”?) I hear the ...

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Riots in Eau Claire: Kubb Documentary to Blame

April 1, 2014
Shortly after the World Premiere of the first kubb documentary, riots broke out in downtown Eau Claire, marking only the 2nd time in world history when kubb did not create peace on Earth.

Volume 1.5 has reported that on March 29th, 2014 at around 4:00 p.m. a roving "kubb mob" convened on downtown Eau Claire chanting "Kubb is a sport!" leaving a trail of ruin and wreckage in their paths.

(Once the kubb capitol of North America, Eau Claire now destroyed like the corner of a Finals Pitch on Sunday...
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The 2013 Fall Kubb Klassic

October 1, 2013

“This was the biggest tournament we have ever hosted.”

So far, we’ve been able to say that every year. We are constantly growing along with the game of Kubb itself. New people are falling in love with the game all of the time, and when they get bitten by the bug they come find a tournament. Every tournament in the Midwest grew this year, and we were fortunate enough to be a part of that. But we aren’t just cycling in new players for the old – 27 of last year’s 32 teams returne...

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