Kubb Drinking Game: Equipment, Setup, Rules, Strategies and Tips!

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Hey there, party enthusiasts! I’m Liam Jones, your go-to guy for all things related to drinking games. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a curious newcomer, join me in exploring the exciting world of the Kubb Drinking Game. In this blog post, we’re diving deep into the game’s history, rules, and some hilarious anecdotes that will make you want to grab your friends and a drink to join in on the fun!

History and Origins

Kubb, also known as “Viking Chess,” has a rich history dating back over a century in Sweden. It’s a game that combines strategy, skill, and a touch of finesse, making it a popular choice at social gatherings and competitive tournaments alike. The game has evolved over time, adapting to different cultures and regions, but its essence remains the same – to knock down your opponent’s wooden blocks and then the king, all while having a blast!


Before we get started, let’s familiarize ourselves with the essential Kubb equipment:

  • 10 Kubb wooden blocks (7x7x15cm)
  • 6 Wooden throwing Batons (diameter 4.4cm, length 30cm)
  • 1 King wooden block (8x8x25cm to 9x9x30cm)
  • Four corner stakes and two mid-pitch stakes
  • Pitch dimensions: 5m wide x 8m long

Now that we have our game set up, let’s move on to the exciting part – the gameplay!


Setting up a Kubb game is as important as the gameplay itself. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create the perfect Kubb battlefield:

  • Gather Your Equipment:
    • Collect the 10 Kubb wooden blocks, 6 Wooden throwing Batons, 1 King wooden block, and the corner stakes and mid-pitch stakes.
    • Make sure you have a clear, flat area to create the pitch, measuring 5 meters wide and 8 meters long. This can be grass, sand, gravel, or any other flat surface.
  • Mark the Pitch:
    • Use the corner stakes to mark the four corners of the pitch. This forms a rectangle measuring 5 meters by 8 meters.
    • Place the two mid-pitch stakes in the middle of the sidelines to divide the pitch into two equal halves.
  • Set Up the Kubbs:
    • Place the King wooden block upright in the center of the pitch. This is the target that both teams aim to knock down to win the game.
    • Arrange five Kubb wooden blocks along each baseline. These are the baseline kubbs that teams will defend.
  • Determine Teams and Order:
    • Decide which team goes first. You can use a simple coin toss or any other fair method to determine the starting team.
    • Each team selects a player who will throw the initial two batons.


  • Start the Game:
    • The first team (Team A) starts the game by throwing 2 batons at the opponent’s baseline kubbs, aiming to knock them down.
    • The second team (Team B) then throws 4 batons at the opponent’s baseline kubbs and any standing field kubbs (kubbs knocked down in previous turns).
    • From this point onward, both teams will throw 6 batons each turn, trying to knock down field kubbs, then baseline kubbs, and finally the King.
  • Field Kubbs and Baton Throws:
    • Kubbs knocked down during a turn are thrown back onto the opponent’s side as field kubbs.
    • The team that knocked down the kubbs raises the field kubbs vertically where they came to rest, making them obstacles for the opponents.
    • Teams take turns throwing batons to knock down field kubbs, then baseline kubbs, and finally the King.
    • Players must throw batons underhand from behind their own baseline. The baton must rotate within 30 degrees of vertical when thrown.
  • Winning the Game:
    • The game is won by the team that successfully knocks down all of the opponent’s kubbs (field and baseline) and then the King. However, if a team knocks down the King before clearing all the kubbs, they lose the game instantly.
  • Special Situations:
    • If a team fails to knock down all the field kubbs during their turn, the opposing team can advance to the closest field kubb and throw their batons from there during the next turn.
    • Any kubbs that land outside the boundaries during a throw are rethrown once. If they land outside again, they become “punishment kubbs,” which the opposing team can place strategically within one baton’s length of the King or marking stakes.

Strategies and Tips

Mastering Kubb requires a combination of precision and teamwork. Here are some tips to enhance your gameplay:

  • Communication: Coordinate with your team to plan your throws and strategize effectively.
  • Aim for Field Kubbs: Knocking down field kubbs disrupts the opponent’s defensive formations, creating opportunities for your team.
  • Protect Your King: Strategically position your field kubbs to shield your king, making it difficult for the opponents to target it.

Memorable Moments and Anecdotes

In the world of Kubb, every match brings forth memorable moments. From unexpected victories to hilarious mishaps, the game is a treasure trove of laughter and camaraderie. I once witnessed a team make a comeback against all odds, resulting in cheers and high-fives that echoed through the night.


As we wrap up this journey into the heart of the Kubb Drinking Game, I encourage you to gather your friends, set up the pitch, and let the games begin! Remember, it’s not just about winning; it’s about the joy of playing, sharing laughter, and creating unforgettable memories with your favorite people. So, grab your batons, aim for victory, and enjoy the thrill of the game!

Have you played Kubb before? Share your favorite Kubb moments and strategies in the comments below! If you have any questions or want to know more about specific drinking games, feel free to reach out. Your engagement is what makes this community lively and exciting! Until next time, cheers to Kubb, friendship, and endless fun!

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