Jason MoslanderUnited States
Originally Posted at http://gameswithtwo.blogspot.com/2012/08/games-we-play-toget...
We are getting down to the last couple of games in this Top 10. To show our love and appreciation for these two games, I am splitting this one into two posts. Game #1 will be out later this week. If you want a rundown of the previous games, click the link (http://gameswithtwo.blogspot.com/search/label/Top%2010). As we conclude, we have one of our all time favorites and a new favorite.
Crokinole is a game that I have had my eye on for a while, but due to the cost, just have not pulled the trigger on (A cheap board cost at least $145, and it goes up from there). There was also the matter that I had never actually had a chance to play the game, but that changed at Geekway to West. A local board gaming convention in St. Louis. Mrs. Games with Two and I both immediately fell in love with the game and began looking at ways we could get one of our own. We were able to sell some of our under used games in a local game auction and then we used the money to buy a board. Let me tell you now it has not disappointed.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Crokinole is a dexterity game. The game board is a 26" diameter circle made of wood. The goal of the game is to flick your wooden disc towards the center of the board. As you do this you have an opponent trying to knock off your disc. After all the discs are flicked, the scores are tallied and the next round begins. The game players similiarly to shuffleboard or tabletop curling. It's very easy to learn and play.
Mrs. GwT and My buddy Jason playing Crokinole at Geekway
One of the main reasons we love this one is that it is very much a social game. There is not a lot of thinking or strategy. It's just a simple of flick the discs. The games move quickly and you will find yourself playing 2-3 or even more games in a single sitting. Although we have only been playing this one with 2 players, the game plays with 4 players as well. I have also heard and seen 3-player variants as well. Even though this is an easy game to learn and play, it can be quite difficult to master. This is both a strength and weakness of Crokinole. The desire to become a more skilled player keeps players coming back for more. However, if an experienced player is playing against an inexperienced player, they have a huge advantage on their opponent. This is especially true because Crokinole is a skilled based game with little to no luck involved.
Crokinole has made a rapid ascent in becoming one of our favorite games-to-date. It would be great if more people grew to love this wonderful game. The main problem is the cost of the game. The $150+ price tag makes it difficult to make the investment. It's also difficult to find a board to play on. And when you are investing that kind of cake it's hard to do so going in blind. Luckily, there are some alternatives. Sorry! Sliders is supposed to be a great alternative to Crokinole, and at about $20 you really can't complain about the price. The game is also readily available at just about any big box store. My suggestion would be to pick up this game and then if you find yourself enjoying it, then make the investment into a Crokinole board.
I am planning on writing a full review on Crokinole in the near future. I reallly want to give it a couple goes with four players and see how it plays before I do that. As for our Top 10 list #1 will be coming out later this week, so keep an eye out. Also, if you have any suggestions for our next Top 10 list please feel free to let us know. We love to know what our readers are enjoying and not enjoying. Your feedback is most welcomed.
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