Announcing BrownCastle Games!
by Steven Brown on December 20, 2020
What is Crokinole?
Crokinole is a fast paced and exciting dexterity game where two, three, or four players compete to outscore their opponents. You will take turns in a clockwise fashion flicking discs from the edge of the board to the center - the closer your discs are to the middle of the board at the end of the round, the more points you get! You must be mindful of the eight pegs guarding the center of the board. They have been known to ruthlessly deny your attempts. Did I mention that this is a competitive game? Your opponent isn’t going to let your discs hang out and collect points. Discs will be knocked off the board and amazing shots will be made.
The History of Crokinole
The name crokinole is derived from the French word “croquignole” meaning “cookie or biscuit” in reference to the playing discs used in the game. The oldest crokinole board documented to date was created by Eckhardt Wettlaufer (1845-1919) in Ontario, Canada. Eckhardt was a wagonmaker and he used his woodworking and ornamental painting skills to create a board for his son’s fifth birthday in 1876. This board is now part of the collection at the Joseph Schneider Haus, a national historic site in Kitchener, Ontario. Eventually the board was patented in the United States by Joshua K. Ingals in 1880 and then manufactured, first in New York and later in Pennsylvania. The game went on to gain popularity in these areas especially among the Amish Mennonite communities where it was a more acceptable pastime than playing cards.
We appreciate the opportunity share our premium crokinole boards with even more players so we can all enjoy this great game together!