Discovery, Serendipity, Scarcity, & Obsession
Between Christmas 2011 and New Year's Day 2012, I happened to (re)discover Crokinole while browsing the internet. After quickly finding myself perusing the forum's at BoardGameGeek.com, I was bewitched by this game and the boards on which it was played.
Something about the attention to detail, personalization, and obsession of other's was virulently contagious. Reading reviews, finding photographs of newly arrived boards, and discovering the intensity of crokinole players continued to fuel my curiousity and, frankly, lust.
The quest for more information, the decision to purchase a board of my own, the correspondence with the maker only further engrossed my attention. Its a strange coincidence that one of the many names for this game ("Knipsbrat") matched my online persona ("Knipster") so closely.
I ordered a board from Murray Skaling of Muzzies, and I can't wait to receive it. I suspect the inability to quickly get a proper board also adds to the allure.
Impatient, I have placed orders for additional boards, and cancelled all but one of those. I look forward to reporting my learnings, and experiences with this game.
I hope I like it.