They call it Crokinole – Crokin-what?

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Crokin-what? Yes, that’s right Crokinole. Now, if you are from Quebec you might snicker to yourself and ask why I might be writing about a doughnut or pastry. It sounds very much like ‘croquignole’ which is a small baguette like pastry.

So, no, this is not about the pastries. Sorry, all you foodies. I am in fact writing about a very enjoyable board game called crokinole (or pichenotte). I have many fond memories of rainy days yielding to our cheering and laughing at the crokinole board. I recall pulling the crokinole board out, dusting it off and losing my self for hours flicking the biscuits. Believe it or not, we used to flick so much that we would have bruises on our flicking finger, right under the nail – hurt like a you-know-what.

What the heck is crokinole? Glad you asked. Crokinole is the king of boards games, it’s the pool table or ping-pong table of board games. It’s more well known than you think. Consider this, there’s a Crokinole World Championship. If you practice and become good enough you might be able to attend. The World Championship is held amidst the hustle and bustle of a small Ontario farming community called Tavistock. That’s in Canada.

I actually just picked up this beauty below, from Masterpiece Lasered Wood in Guelph. Handcrafted hardwood and Russian Plywood (Baltic Birch), hand smoothed with multiple layers of varnish. The picture really does not do it justice.

A bit of history about Crokinole

One of the first crokinole boards was built as a birthday present by Eckhardt Wettlaufer, for his son. This was back in 1876. Since then the game has spread across the country and has been played by many, many players from young to old.

That original board now hangs on the wall at The Joseph Schneider Haus Museum in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

There are many different types of boards. You will find that the traditional board is round while many commercially produced boards are octagonal. It’s not known why the octagonal variation occurred but it seemed to be more prevalent in the Northern U.S. and Canadian mid-west.

How to play

The object of the game is to knock your adversary’s discs, or biscuits, off the board and gain more points over them.

One might think that crokinole is similar to other games like curling or shuffleboard. In those games, you throw the rocks or discs for the highest point but there are a few nuances to crokinole that you need to know about.

Unlike curling or shuffleboard, you must play ‘valid’ shots using only a flick. A ‘valid’ shot is one that remains in the centre ring – a play to the middle – or a flick that makes contact with an opponent’s disc.

Here’s a great video that will walk you through the gameplay.

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