Category: Crokinole

Crokinole brings people together

Oldest known crokinole board

Crokinole is a game with unique culture that naturally brings people together. I was reminded of this while playing doubles with my brother, son and father-in-law over the weekend.

Within a family

Similar to card games, and traditional board games such as backgammon, checkers, and chess, crokinole is a low tech game that is played between people facing each other over a table or playing surface. This attribute by itself reminds us to turn off the TVs, iPods and computers and spend sometime together as friends and family.

Unlike these games, crokinole comes with a more casual and fast paced game that can be played while having a conversation and with a number of players taking turns at the board. And even further, the simple rules and heirloom nature of handmade boards transcends generations and can be enjoyably played among grandparents and grandchildren. The generational nature must also conjure nostalgia and a connection with the passed with those fortunate enough to be in possession of hand-me-down boards.

Among families

While I haven't yet had experience with a crokinole club as exist in Ontario, British Columbia, and PEI, I'm impressed by the commitment and distance traveled by enthusiasts to attend regional and national tournaments. The greater crokinole community, while small, seems to be filled with authentic, unassuming, and diverse people who appreciate some of the simple yet fundamental principles of pride in one's efforts, consideration of others, and joys of rich human interaction.

Building a community?

While I consider a "pilgramage" to Tavistock, I'm thinking my next steps is to organize a series of small gatherings and/or creation of a small club.

Posted Tue 01 May 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

A Crokinole Shake

Crokinole lovers should consider heading over to

to view a stream of Board photographs that I've started to collect. Please sign up, and "join" my shake to contribute your own Crokinole photos.

While there are several sources of board photos around the web, I hope ...

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Posted Fri 20 April 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Clockwork Crokinole: Crokinole for the PC

Clockwork Crokinole hit the internet this past week. It appears to have been developed by Evan Smith of Nova Scotia, CA (as "Mud Puddle Games") based on GarageGames Torque2D engine.

The mechanics, ambient sound, and animations are "steampunk" style and have a nice feel to them. Easy mode is a ...

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Posted Sat 14 April 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

A new Crokinole blog

Nathan Walsh, a ranked Crokinole player, just started a new blog called CrokinoleCentre with a post recapping the results of the 2012 London Crokinole tournament. Nathan is also a prolific poster of crokinole videos on youtube, you should check out his channel.

Posted Tue 03 April 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Crokinole Hangout

Armed with an iPhone and tripod mount, my brother and I put on a live demonstration of crokinole for our parents.

I'm sure this is possible with Skype or similar, but there was something funny about the multiple camera angle effect with both players' faces as well as a ...

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Posted Sun 01 April 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Fresh wax for the win

Shortly after receiving my Puzzler board, I wrote about the process and results of waxing. I performed my second waxing today and went out of my way to be more generous with the wax as well as letting it dry for 20 minutes before wiping it off. I basically let ...

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Posted Sun 25 March 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Crokinole - The Movie

Crokinole (2006)

I haven't got my hands on a copy yet, but in 2006, a movie was made. Directed by Joshua &Jonathan Steckley, the film reportedly introduces us to characters such as Mr. Crokinole (Wayne Kelly), Willard Martin and "the Wayne Gretzky of Crokinole", Joe Fulop, in a light ...

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Posted Fri 16 March 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Crokinole - quick to learn

While hosting a birthday party for my 9 year old and 7 of his friends,no had to opportunity to teach several of them crokinole. By first demonstrating the flicking dynamic and showing the goal of hitting the center of the board, they quickly understood what was required to take ...

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Posted Sat 03 March 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Joys of playing crokinole

Having actually been playing the game for a couple of weeks, allow me to share some of the joys I've discovered.

The large board aside, its quick and easy to play a round or 2 of crokinole. Sit down, separate the discs and start flicking. A quick round can ...

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Posted Sat 25 February 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Crokinole is a winter wondergame

Setup my new crokinole board on a 32" inch table in the family room for the long weekend. 2 person games, 4 person games, adult games, and kid games. While I wouldn't call it an obsession, it got plenty of play from both my family and our hosts.

As ...

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Posted Wed 22 February 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Does crokinole travel?

Over president's day weekend, here in the United States, my family is traveling north to Vermont to stay and ski with friends. Our friends have a nice home close to a ski area and enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I've decided to ...

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Posted Sat 18 February 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

Crokinole Solitaire


In the few times that I haven't had a partner since receiving my board. I figure I want to practice and develop my skills.

A clean solitaire game has emerged.

  1. Place opposing 12 discs on the board in a predictable arrangement

    • I recommend around the 5/10 line at ...

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Posted Sun 12 February 2012 by Demian in Crokinole

A virtual fix for crokinole junkies


Since discovering the game, and reading everything I can find online, and ordering my own board. It became obvious that I ought to experience the game in some form.

I was able to find a version of the game for my iPad (its acutally designed for the iPhone/iPod touch ...

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Posted Sat 04 February 2012 by Demian in Crokinole