|This is what our board looks like|
Then, it became a pipe dream for us (Mrs. Games with Two and I). Back in May, we attended our local convention (Geekway to the West), and had an opportunity to give Crokinole a try. We were both immediately hooked. Mrs. GwT was saying we have to get this game, but then I told her the price and she was sad. Luckily, we were able to obtain a board quicker than expected. Through the sale of some of our games in an auction, we made enough money to purchase the board at a cost of about $10 out of pocket. This made us happy. So, what is Crokinole? He is the rundown.
|Some boards have beautiful artwork - Death Star Crokinole|
Note: This is a very basic rule breakdown. There are some differing rules based on region, and house rules. And since the game has been around for a 150 years, there are plenty of variations.
|This is a beautiful Hilinski Board|
The only other real problem component wise with this game is the price, and this is an universal issue. These boards are not cheap at all. You can get a used antique one online for about $100, but then you don't know what you are getting. Mayday has also had some sales on theirs, but I believe they are the reject boards. So, you really have to watch with these. I think the cheapest option would be to build it yourself, but then you need a good wood worker and the proper tools to make it. It's just sad that the cost of these is so high.
The game play for Crokinole is amazing. We received our copy at the end of July and I think we have already played this game over 20 times. It is just a blast. It is very easy to learn, and then the back and forth just makes you want more. Our only problem is that sometimes we get too into the game. Mrs. GwT has threatened to "flip the game", but then she realizes how heavy and expensive it is. If you like dexterity games, I just don't think there is a better option out there.
The only problem with dexterity games, and this is usually a universal problem with them, is that they are a skill game, I would say 90% skill 10% luck. So, if you are significantly better than someone else, you will consistently beat them to the point where they may not want to play with you anymore. So be careful. If you are playing teams, try to even out the skill levels. If you are playing one-on-one, you may not want to crush your opponent into submission, as they may never want to play with you again. Just something to keep in mind.
How is it with Two?
Well, we love it with two. There isn't any thinking involved in the game, expect where you want to shoot your disc. This makes it really easy to break out and play after a long day, where your brain is just turned to mush. So with two kids and work this one comes out early and often (the kids like to get it out and flick discs around too). I really think that we have been getting our money's worth out of this one.
Crokinole has made it into several of our Top 10 lists. It is really one of our favorite games, and I don't see it leaving anytime soon. There is just something about flicking disc that gets the adrenaline flowing. I know it's not for everyone, but it is for us. If you think you may enjoy this one, but you are afraid of dropping the money before you buy it, or you just don't have the money for it; I would recommend you try Sorry! Sliders, it is an option that gives you a similar feel, without the $150+ price tag.
If I didn't answer all your questions about Crokinole, or you just want to see what other's are saying. I Slay the Dragon has a review of Crokinole, and Board Games Reviews by Josh has also taken a look at the dexterity genius that is Crokinole