Kubb. Kettle. Kin.
What is kubb?
Kubb is a Nordic game played with wooden game pieces. Legend says the Vikings played kubb with the skulls and femurs of their enemies. The version of the game played today uses six batons, ten blocks (called kubbs), and one king. Kubb involves both skill and strategy, which is how it got its nickname “Viking Chess”. Whether the Vikings played the game or not, the birthplace of modern day kubb seems to be on the island of Gotland, Sweden, which is also home of the World Championship for kubb. Closer to home, the kubb capital of North America is Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where the U.S. National Kubb Championship is held annually in July.
Where is the Kettle?
The Kettle Moraine is a large area in the southeastern part of the state of Wisconsin, United States. The area is home to numerous kettles ranging from small ponds to large lakes and enclosed valleys created by the glaciers of the Ice Age. In addition to its beautiful kettles, this area of Wisconsin is also known for the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Kettle Moraine Kubb is fortunate to have these picturesque landscapes right in our own backyard.
The mantra of kubb is “Kubb unites people and creates peace on Earth”. This spirit proves true among the kubb community. Kubb players are some of the nicest and most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. No matter your skill level even the top ranking players will cheer you on (even when you’re on opposing teams) and offer tips to improve your game. Most people come for the love of the game but stay for the kind community.