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or is this just another phase of the board gaming addiction no one warned me about? :D

In all seriousness, I've kind of leveled off in my desire to fill holes in my board game collection. Now my attention has turned to games such as crokinole. I found myself looking at reviews, general info, session reports, pictures, etc... and now I really want a board.

I think my wife will love it. We have great fun with Pitchcar and I could imagine us sitting around with a beverage of our choice playing crokinole.

Will this phase pass or is this an itch I should just go ahead and scratch? Am I acting like the druggie or alcoholic that just needs another hit or another drink? Have I lost my mind? :D Have I turned to the wrong place for help only because I surrounded by those that are equally addicted?
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You should try to make a nice board for yourself.
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Crokinole is one of the greatest inventions known to man.

Every holiday gathering sees it come down at some point,

It is perhaps the best dollar to time investment I've made in gaming.
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For me it is also the best dollar to time gaming investment I have ever made.

You probably need it more than $175 worth of whatever other games you might be buying.
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Spend the money on a nice hand made board and you will be very happy. It's a great game and a nice piece of art all rolled into one.
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Personally, my wife and family love it. Even my non board game friends love it.

I would see if you could borrow one, and have your wife try it out.
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I just received my board on Monday. My wife loves it. My kids love it. My mom loves it. My neighbor loves it.

It was a little expensive, but I'm very glad that I bought it.
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CDRodeffer wrote:
You should try to make a nice board for yourself.


I second that! Some great instructions on Crokinole World, and some googling will give you the dimensions you need.
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For many years I avoided getting one, even though I had a friend who sold them. Now that he has gone out of business, I regret I didn't spend the money while I could get it for a 'resonable' price.

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Someday I'll buy or make a substantial board with a ditch and use the special discs that are slightly convex on one side and concave on the other. Until then I'll still get great enjoyment from my Carrom brand board with the plastic ring pieces.

Crokinole is extremely variable and endlessly playable. I'm enjoying my copy of Pitchcar (thus far without expansions). But I would say that crokinole is a much more rewarding game.
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BUY IT NOW!!!

(why haven't you bought it yet?)
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Man, I guess I will be the token nay-sayer fun-murderer whatever.

I've played Crokinole various times through the years, and it's all right, but just seems like a light filler, not bad, but nothing special.

If I never played Crokinole again in my life, I probably wouldn't even notice unless someone pointed it out. (On my deathbed in the future, someone would say "Russ, do you realize you never played Crokinole at all after 2008?" and I'd say "Um, OK, if you say so... whatever! I'm dying here, let's talk about something more interesting!")

For the money (and storage space) it costs, there are much better games for me.
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Yes you do!
 
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russ wrote:
Man, I guess I will be the token nay-sayer fun-murderer whatever.


You are the fun vampire sucking the life out of the happy people of Crokinole-ville.
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russ wrote:
For the money (and storage space) it costs, there are much better games for me.


Have you tried the free inflatable set? The only problem with it, though, is that you have to inflate all of the pucks as well...
 
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I really don't like Crokinole much at all.

It's like playing a video game for points. Yes, there is a huge emphasis on skill - and you can improve dramatically with practice - but its doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

So if you find repetition rewarding, you might need it. I'd always vote pass on Crokinole.

Note that most Canadians find Crokinole a tedious bore thrust on us by our cultural heritage.
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russ wrote:
Man, I guess I will be the token nay-sayer fun-murderer whatever. :)

I've played Crokinole various times through the years, and it's all right, but just seems like a light filler, not bad, but nothing special.


While I agree, it does something that few other games do. It implements what is essentially a party game that rewards practice, skill and tactics. Few else does that.

That said, in all ways I prefer Carrom to Crokinole.

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For the money (and storage space) it costs, there are much better games for me.


Yep, Carrom (among the dexterity games).
 
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You can get a cheapo board for around $30 on Amazon that works pretty well. That's a good way to decide whether or not you want to invest more money into it.

And yes, EVERYONE needs Crokinole.
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Cheesechick wrote:
And yes, EVERYONE needs Crokinole.


I have a Carrom board. I don't need Crokinole.
 
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JonJacob wrote:

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You might (although it's tougher in America) be able to find a cheap one (40-60$ at a hardware store here in Canada) and it is still worth it. You don't need the best board as skill will be equally important even on a slower board.


I agree - I have seen it even in Grocery stores (around Christmas) for under $50 CDN
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clearclaw wrote:
russ wrote:
Man, I guess I will be the token nay-sayer fun-murderer whatever.

I've played Crokinole various times through the years, and it's all right, but just seems like a light filler, not bad, but nothing special.


While I agree, it does something that few other games do. It implements what is essentially a party game that rewards practice, skill and tactics. Few else does that.

Few other games? I would have said that it implements what is essentially a dexterity game that rewards practice, skill, and tactics. Most dexterity games do that; Crokinole is not unusual in that regard.

(And most dexterity games (Carrom, Pitch Car, Tumbling Dice, Jenga, ...) seem to have simple enough rules that they can be called "party games" in the same way that Crokinole can.)

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That said, in all ways I prefer Carrom to Crokinole.

The one time I played Carrom, it seemed somewhat more interesting to me also. Still nothing I feel compelled to buy or own.
 
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