I watched the crokinole review the same day it dropped. I’m very excited to get one. I’m also excited enough to ramble about why I decided to buy one…
Shortly after discovering BGG and really diving into games, I saw people post about crokinole. I saw a picture on a geeklist of a board set up outside in the snow, and several responses howling in pain at the potential damage. It was heretical! BGG quickly taught me all I knew about crokinole: the boards are crazy expensive, and players take it way too seriously. I had a minimal curiosity, but I knew it wasn’t for me and didn’t bother to learn the rules. Fast forward eight years and I was very pleased to see SU&SD do a video about it. I would finally see what it was. I was intrigued within minutes. By the time he mentioned pool and air hockey, I knew I wanted in.
Growing up, I wanted to learn to play pool, but my family was far to poor to even consider getting a table and the town I lived in was so small that it didn’t have one (maybe the bar, I don’t know). I played in college and I’ve played a half dozen times with my wife (who also wants to play), but even all these years later when we own a house and make enough to buy a good pool table, my undying desire for one is no more than a running gag because of the space we would need. Crokinole appears to be the perfect solution. There’s a good chance the hole in my life might just be round!
I knew SU&SD’s popularity is large enough to influence availability so I immediately began researching suppliers and cost. I considered Mayday Games’s boards, but they have a dodgy reputation despite costing a fair bit. I found three highly-regarded manufacturers in N. America, but one had retired and one sells tournament boards with an unfavorable beauty:price ratio (I’m not his target demographic). Within a day, I’d emailed the third provider. I could get a custom board in about two months for $250. He contacted me again today to say that I might have it in only a month if I responded immediately; it seems he’s experienced a surge in orders and his schedule has changed. Hmm. I mentioned SU&SD’s crokinole review and he said, “Yes, that’s exactly the culprit.” Ah, I guess I’m not the only one who decided they needed in.