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Derek Dahl and Sam Buss give a classic Nordic lawn game a tabletop twist with this handmade mini version.


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Scandinavian (Game) Design

The inkastare's just tossed a new field kubb. Make sure your kastpinnar doesn't hit the king, or it's game over. Skol! You're playing kubb, also known as Viking chess. While it traditionally takes place on a field, this miniature wooden version of the Nordic lawn game lets you take turns knocking down those blocks right on your tabletop.

The game originated in Sweden, but eventually made its way to the Midwestern US, where makers Derek Dahl and Sam Buss noticed its popularity among Minnesotans. Their mini version comes complete with kubbs (pronounced koobs, Swedish for blocks), kastpinnar (traditionally batons, in this case blocks), an adorable itty bitty bean bag (to mark where to place kubbs), and a king (knock him down at the end and you win, too soon and you lose). It also has pivoting launchers for precise aiming and removable backboards to keep blocks on the felt-covered playing surface. We've heard kubb described as "horseshoes meets bowling," but we prefer to describe it as roligt (That's Swedish for fun!). Handmade in Minneapolis.


Made in Minnesota

Derek Dahl & Sam Buss

created by

Derek Dahl & Sam Buss



“We’re constantly collaborating, professionally or just in passing.”

It all started at a bar. Fraternity brothers Derek “Ducky” Dahl and Sam were procrastinating studying for finals when they noticed some board games on a shelf and thought, “What if we could make beer pong into a board game?" But alas, the boys had neither the money nor the skills to make it happen. One day, they happened upon a community makerspace where they could gain affordable access to and training on all the tools they needed to turn their idea into a reality. Many prototypes later, Mini Beer Pong was born. At first, the duo were assembling their games 1) afterhours, 2) in a corner of an unheated garage, 3) in the dead of winter, 4) in Minneapolis. With no prior sales experience, they tried to figure out how to get their game out to the world. But gradually, their game started appearing at more and more happy hours around the country, and their business slowly started to take off.

Step into Derek & Sam's Minneapolis workshop and check out some of their niftiest prototypes on the blog.

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
felt, baltic birch wood
22" L x 9.25" W x .75" H
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