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Fence Building 101 – (or #occupybatons!)

Posted by Chris Hodges on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Strategy 

Kubb is a tactical game, and almost all of those tactics come into play during two phases – the defenders will probably have some tough choices to make about how best to stand thrown field kubbs, and the attackers will have to figure out the best way to take down the resulting groups. Here are a few pointers on how to make the best decisions when...


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The Answer

Posted by Chris Hodges on Thursday, July 26, 2012, In : Strategy 
Let me start by recognizing a basic fact about Kubb: This game is about knocking over as many kubbs as you can with the fewest possible number of batons - everything else is just window dressing.  In this article though, I want to talk about one particular aspect of it; One particular phase where knocking down the maximum number of kubbs seems to be even more important than ever. A phase we have taken to calling “The Answer”.

The open gets a lot of mindspace in this game. Anybody who talks...


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Facing your Fears of Doubles and Triples

Posted by Josh Feathers on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : Strategy 
The scenario:

Your opponents throw a good group of 6 in the upfield. Your team leans over the pile of wood and have no clue where to start. You know that getting the kubbs away from each other is the main defensive strategy, but in this case, the group is good. Too good to rely on spreading out the kubbs. You wonder what other factors you should consider when righting kubbss an opponent has thrown. Have you ever considered how the facing will effect play?


Facing:

Facing refers to the angle of a ...

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Kubb Drilling Terminology

Posted by Josh Feathers on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, In : Strategy 
Below is a video I created (in jest) of kubb carrying procedures, and drilling terminology found on the PlanetKubb wiki.


The video is clips of the best of about 30 minutes of drilling. I did leave out the majority of my clacks and punishment kubbs.
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Kubb Rescue Squad

Posted by Josh Feathers on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Strategy 

We have all had that bad bounce. Maybe it was a “clack. Perhaps your drill was a lame duck and went left instead of right. Maybe the pitch had a twig or pine cone on it, and the kubb bounced a direction that seemed to defy physics. Maybe you threw a punishment kubb, and you didn’t topple it on your turn.

It may be time to call in the Kubb Rescue Squad:

There is no higher risk play in kubb than the rescue. But when it works it can completely swing the game in your favor.

The rules ...


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Attacking the King

Posted by Josh Feathers on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : Strategy 
I have yet to witness a tournament kubb game where the king was not attacked head-on. I have yet to attack the king in a competitive environment, namely due to hesitance from deviation. Luckily for me, my partner takes care of (in my opinion) the hardest part of a kubb game....winning. 

This blog is two-fold. One, to continue to engage you, the reader; the kubb enthusiast, in thought and discussion. Secondly, to go through the process of examining a potential change in competitive strategy on ...
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42 - The answer to life, the universe, and baseline percentages.

Posted by Josh Feathers on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : Strategy 
DISCLAIMER (or the DONT PANIC section): We generally don't know what we are talking about....generally. However, we love kubb, and breaking kubb down into composite parts helps everyone understand the game better. This is not a way to try to find the loophole of kubb, or to break it. We just want to get other people thinking about the game in a way they might not have before. We are not kubb. Kubb is immortal. We are just a couple of obsessive individuals with spreadsheets and too much time o...
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On Punishment Kubbs

Posted by Chris Hodges on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : Strategy 

Creating a Punishment Kubb - second only to knocking the king over early to lose the game when it comes to team morale draining moves. However, as a defender, the question becomes, where do I put this thing? Behind the King, on my baseline, behind a centerline pin? There are many options and variables to consider as well, such as "Am I winning or fighting from behind?", "How many field kubbs does my opponent have to throw?", "How skilled is my opponent, and are they likely to succumb to the p...


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