My aim is for this review to be as honest and unbiased as possible, so let me mention a few things before I get to the review.
Before buying this board, I'd never played crokinole or done any business with Mayday Games. Also Seth, from Mayday Games, offered any Kickstarter backers one set of free discs if they would take the time to post an unbiased review. I don't want the discs, so I won't be taking him up on this , but I appreciate the offer. I saw negative comments about this offer in at least one other review, but I don't have a problem with it. Unless they don't ship the discs to anyone that posts a negative review, it seems like a fair deal that several others are taking advantage of. It's a statistical fact that people are much more likely to complain about bad customer service or products to others than they are to mention a positive sales experience, so maybe this is Mayday's way of getting a few more positive reviews out there.
I think I had realistic expectations of what I was hoping to get when I backed the project, and I'm happy to say that my expectations were met. I'd read about the issues with Mayday's previous crokinole boards, but by the time I discovered this Kickstarter project there were already updates detailing Mayday's inspection of some of the boards in the Chinese factory, so I backed the project confident they were addressing the issues with their previous boards. That being said, I still didn't expect a board made in a Chinese factory to be comparable to one that's handcrafted in Canada or the US. And that's fine, because I wasn't looking to buy an heirloom quality board that I might one day pass on to my future grandkids. My wife is not much of a gamer, but she does enjoy some casual games, and I knew she'd be OK with spending a total of $100 on this. A Willard or a Hilinski board would have been a much tougher sell, especially since neither of us had played the game before last weekend.
Now for the review. After reading some of the other reviews for these boards I'd lowered my expectations and prepared myself for some shipping damage and possibly worse cosmetic flaws than what I'd been expecting, like the crack at the seam on the rim of the ditch. But I was delighted to unbox my new crokinole board and find that it had survived FedEx unscathed. And it looks good! The sapele veneer is beautiful and the wood grain is almost iridescent from some angles. There are some minor imperfections in the finish on the ditch and the rim but nothing glaring, and I would have been amazed if it had been perfect. I don't expect a perfect finish on a Chinese factory-made wooden piece from Mayday Games or anyone else. There are no noticeable imperfections on the board, but as others have already mentioned, the pegs are glued in. I did purchase the kit to replace them with screws and silicon tubing, but I don't know if I want to risk damaging the board to remove the wooden ones and I've been happy playing with them. I didn't measure them, but the pegs appear to be in the correct location.
So I really only have two minor quibbles about the board. I do think that it's odd they put rubber feet on the bottom of the box for the discs, but none on the board itself. Especially considering that I've seen a post on this site about scratches on a table supposedly caused by a Mayday crokinole board. The other thing is an entirely aesthetic issue which has no effect on game play, but it would have been nice if the board was lined so the quadrant marks are parallel and perpendicular to the grain of the wood or at 45 degree angles to it. On mine one set of the quadrant lines are about 20 degrees off from being parallel with the grain. It's about like the 2nd gen board pictured on the Kickstarter page. This is not something I ever would have complained to Mayday about, but it's worth mentioning since there is a good chance these will be hung on a wall.
Like the other reviewers, I received twelve of each of the included natural and black discs and the scoring pegs are a tight fit. The discs are certainly playable, but I am going to be purchasing another set soon. There are slight irregularities on some of the discs and they're not all the same thickness. While playing I had made two stacks of the natural discs in front of me and I noticed that one stack was slightly taller than the other. So I'm going to buy another set of discs from Willards or Crokinole Depot, but I'll keep the Mayday ones for kids or drunken adults to play with.
This was my first experience with Mayday Games and I'm a very satisfied customer. I wanted a relatively-cheap crokinole board that was the right size and plays well and they delivered. I also took advantage of the $100 Weykick they offered to backers on the last day of the project and that has also been a big hit. My daughter and I had a totally unproductive crokinole and Weykick filled weekend and it was a blast. I know both games are going to get a lot of use for many years to come.
Thank you Mayday Games!
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I am glad that you received your board in good condition. I just got mine today and they did not screw the 8 bolts deep enough that holds the playing surface to the back and it separated. Now I have two pieces of an unplayable Crokinole board. I will be contacting MayDay games, but I am bummed out about this. Oh well...
Edit: I just noticed that I have 12 natural dics, but only 11 black ones.
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