When I played Viking Chess (original name is Kubb) for the first time in a friend’s garden I immediately fell in love with this awesome garden game. The game idea of Viking Chess is very simple but it can be so much fun, when you play it together with your friends or your family.
Viking chess can be played anywhere. You don’t even need a garden.
You can play it in the park, at the beach, on ice, on snow, or almost anywhere you like. But the garden game is most fun, when the sun is shining, you’re having a barbecue and just want to have a good time with your friends or family.
This is what a self made Viking Chess game looks like.
How does Viking Chess work?
Viking Chess can be easily explained like this:
You have to knock over your enemie’s wooden blocks by throwing wooden batons at them. When you knocked over all of the wooden blocks you have to kock over the king in order to win the game.
Viking Chess is played on a rectangular pitch, which is 5 by 8 meters. Each side has 5 “kubbs” and the king is positioned in the middle of the field. Every team has 6 batons that he can throw to knock over the enemie’s blocks.
The rules of the garden game are easy to understand, but it takes a little time to explain them all. I found some very good instructions with pictures on how to set up a game of Viking Chess and how to play it. Have a look here for the Viking Chess instructions.
Have a look at this short instruction video about Viking Chess as well
Viking Chess equipment – What do I need?
A regular Viking Chess set contains the following pieces:
- 10 Kubbs – These are wooden blocks, usually 15 cm tall and 7 cm square on the end
- The king – A 30 cm tall wooden block which has a 9 cm square on the end and has a crown on top
- 6 batons which are about 30 cm long and have a diameter of 4.4 cm
- 6 marking pins to mark the field.
Viking Chess is a fairly cheap garden game and if you once buy it, you can have fun with it for years, as it is only made of wood and practically undestroyable. Here you can buy your Viking Chess set.
Make your own Viking Chess set
If you’re a little bit talented and you have some spare time, you can easily make your own Viking Chess set. Just follow these instructions for a home made Viking Chess set.
What I like most about this garden game is, that it is really relaxing. Imagine the sun shining, you and your friends hanging out in your garden with a couple of beers, some good music and a game of Viking Chess.
You will love it and will forget all of your problems, at least for a moment.
This is part 2 of our series about summer outdoor activities. In part 1 I showed you the summer outdoor activity slacklining.
And now let’s go outside and play a game of Viking Chess!
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