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An Epic Facebook Thread Part 2

Posted by Josh Feathers on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, In : Theory 

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[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

Posted by Josh Feathers on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, In : Theory 

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)

Posted by Chris Hodges on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, In : Theory 

Ok, but is that a BAD thing?

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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)

Posted by Chris Hodges on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Theory 

Kubb Economics 101


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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)

Posted by Chris Hodges on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Theory 

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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