Monday, August 20, 2012


Over the weekend I scored a really old Crokinole combination board at an antique store. Actually Kathleen, my fiance spotted it. It was made by the Carrom Archarena Company here in the states around 1901-1914. Picked it up for $32. It was missing the pegs and discs, but I should be able to fix it up. Sort of cool thinking who might have used it way back then and how many owners it might have had.

For those that don't know, Crokinole dates back to the 1860s from somewhere in rural Canada.  Crokinole is a game for 2 or 4 players (team of 2).  The object is to score 50 to 100 points depending on the starting point value.  In a 2 player game each player uses 12 discs and scores points ranging from 5, 10, 15 and 20.  In Team play each person uses 6 discs.   The object of the game is to position shooting discs on the playing surface in such manner that they remain within the highest scoring circles by the end of the round.  Same scoring discs of opposing players/teams are removed and the remainder of points gets scored.  Only one player or team will be able to score each game round.  There will be rounds where no one scores and play continues until the magic score of 50 or 100 is reached.

Below is an example of a more traditional board, which is round rather than square.

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