If you've ever wished there were no posts in crokinole, you just got your wish. Once you've played magnetic crokinole, you may want them back!

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Comment by Preet Singh on March 7, 2011 at 9:49pm

Hi Dale,

 

I thank for sharing this!  Mr. Gorbachov tear down these posts! Ha

 

Preet

Comment by Eric Miltenburg on February 19, 2011 at 10:52pm
Hi Dale, in answer to your question about whether the position of the magnets should be indicated by markings on the board - I would say yes, it looks tough enough as it is, no need to be overtly wicked ;^)
Comment by Decklan Kowalchuk on February 17, 2011 at 8:13am

i guess you are right dale.  it is a fun little twist on the age old game.  it would be interesting to play around with it anyway. 

Comment by Dale Wagler on February 15, 2011 at 9:28am

Decklan,

I have often heard people complain about the posts (after a poor shot) and wishing someone would make a board without posts. That got me thinking about making a board that would play like a normal board but without posts or a 20 hole. Magnets seemed like a good way to accomplish this.

As for the point in it all; it's mostly the novelty of it, but it isn't much different than playing on a regular board. Unfortunately I don't have anyone in my household interested in crokinole to try a real game, but in my own experimenting, I suspect it would be just as competitive. The "posts" add an unpredictable element to the game and the 20 circle is just as difficult to get into as the hole (of course I'm not the greatest player to begin with).

As for old fashioned - that's OK, I don't expect a Magnetic Crokinole division at Tavistock anytime soon.  

Comment by Decklan Kowalchuk on February 15, 2011 at 8:35am
i don't understand what the point of a magnetic crokinole board is???  call me old fashioned, but it just seems weird to me and I don't think that you could have as competitive a match against someone.  i guess it is fun to just shoot around by yourself, but that has to get old.
Comment by Dale Wagler on February 15, 2011 at 4:02am

Thanks Eric,

Yes, I'll bring the board to the London Tourey. The positive/negative side is easy to tell as the one side has a hole drilled to insert the magnet. As long as that side is down the "posts" will repel the disc and the 20 spot will attract it. But even then, there is a point at which a slow moving disc can react opposite as the edge of the magnetic field on the post can attract the edge of the magnet in the disc, and the 20 can slightly deflect the disc. 

I'm working on a second board and considering NOT marking the post locations. It's hard to see in the video, but I have the locations indicated with a contrasting wood plug. Do you think its best to be able to see the area of the post, or add an element of uncertainty?

Comment by Eric Miltenburg on February 14, 2011 at 10:22pm

Thanks for submitting the video Dale. That's hilarious, I like the boing noise you put in when the black disc vaulted over the white. And the double twenty at the end was priceless! Do you have the discs marked for positive and negative sides? Might be some interesting angles for strategy there ... I think. Are you planning to bring it to the London tournament so people can try it out?

Nice looking board too, as usual, nice work.

Comment by Dale Wagler on February 11, 2011 at 5:25am

Magnets add a fun twist to the age old game of crokinole.

 

I just completed a better video showcasing my magnetic crokinole board. This gives a bit better view of some of the weird things that can happen when you don't have any "real" posts.

 

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