How To Play Kubb [Rules & Instructions]



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What is Kubb?

Kubb is a lawn game believed to have originated in Sweden. Not many people know that the Swedish game of Kubb can be quite complex and strategic. The game consists of throwing sticks at blocks of wood in an attempt to topple them.

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It is thought to have been invented by bored Viking soldiers. Sometimes, people will refer to Kubb as “Viking Chess.” Today, Kubb is enjoyed by people of all ages and is even considered a national sport in Sweden.

This Game Is More Complicated Then You Might Expect

The game is played by two teams of two players each. The aim of the game is to knock down all of the opponent’s Kubbs, then knock over the king. This may sound simple enough, but the game can be quite complex and strategic.

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Game Rules [Rules & Instructions]

In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about playing Kubb! We will cover equipment needed, set up, how to play the game, scoring system, and strategies for winning.

This all sounds complicated but actually isn’t very difficult once these simple rules have been learned (and remember: HAVE FUN!). Let’s get started!

Kubb Game Equipment

To play Kubb, you will need the following equipment:

  • Kubbs (or batons): there should be ten Kubbs per team, made of wood or plastic. (10-15 cm tall and 5-7 cm square on the end)
  • King: this is a larger Kubb placed in the middle of the pitch. (25-30 cm tall and 7-9 cm square on the end)
  • Throwing sticks: also known as “batons” or  “mats,” these are used to throw the Kubbs at the opponent’s Kubbs. There are 6 total batons. (25-30 cm long and 2.5–4.4 cm in diameter)
  • Six field marking pins: used to designate the extreme corners of the field, and two to mark the centerline.
  • Measuring tape or string: this is used to mark out the playing area, which should be at least five meters by eight meters.

Kubb Game Setup

Once you have gathered all of the necessary equipment, it’s time to set up the game! Here’s how to do it:

  • Mark out the playing area with the measuring tape or string. The gameplay area should be marked off in a 16 ft by 26 ft rectangle and has an imaginary center line between the short ends of the field. You can mark the field but you don’t have to.
  • Place the king upright in the middle of the field.
  • Each team should then set up their Kubbs in a row behind their baseline, five meters from the king. This row is known as the “Kubb line.” You can use the Throwing Stick to measure the distance between each Kubb on your baseline. The Kubbs must each be lined up in a straight line through your baseline.
  • Each team will throw their Throwing Stick at the King in the middle and try not to hit it but instead to get as close to the King as possible. The team that gets the closest goes first.
  • The game is now ready to begin!

How To Play Kubb

Now that the game is set up, it’s time to learn how to play! Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • The first team throws all of their Kubbs, one by one, at the opponent’s Kubbs. The aim is to knock all of the opponent’s Kubbs down and then the King.
  • Once all of the Kubbs have been thrown, the second team then throws their Kubbs at their opponent’s Kubbs.
  • The first team can now throw their remaining Kubbs at any of the downed Kubbs. The aim is to knock them into the opponent’s baseline.
  • If a team knocks over the king, they automatically lose the game.
  • The first team to knock down all of the opponent’s Kubbs and then knock over the king is the winner!

You can throw the Throwing Stick vertically end over end but you can’t throw it horizontally end over end.

Kubb Scoring System

In Kubb, there are two ways to score points:

  • If a team knocks over one of the opponent’s Kubbs, they score one point.
  • If a team knocks over the king, they score three points.

The first team to reach 21 points is the winner!

Kubb Game Strategy

Now that you know how to play Kubb and keep score, it’s time to learn some strategies for winning! Here are a few tips:

  • Practice your aim! The better you can aim, the more likely you are to knock down the opponent’s Kubbs.
  • Think about which Kubbs will be the easiest to knock down. It’s often best to start with the Kubbs that are closest to the baseline.
  • Try to avoid knocking over the king. If you do, the opponent will automatically score three points.
  • Work as a team! Communication is key in Kubb. Discuss with your partner which Kubbs to target and come up with a plan of attack.

Conclusion To How To Play Kubb

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Kubb champion!

Kubb is a great game for all ages and can be enjoyed by everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some friends, family, or co-workers and give Kubb a try! We guarantee you’ll have a blast!

Looking for more lawn games to play? Check out our guide on How To Play Cornhole! Stay tuned for more guides coming soon!

-The Kubb Champion Team :)” Lol