Charity Challenge 2020 - Week 1 Night 3

Welcome to the third night of the charity challenge! Rachel and I are playing board games for 5 weeks straight every day to raise funds for and awareness for CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. It’s a wonderful cause that is near and dear to our hearts, and we really want to thank you for joining us on this journey.

If you’d like to donate you can do so here.

The Choice

Rachel has taken a commanding 2-0 early lead in week 1 and that means that I need to play one of my trump cards. Most games Rachel and I are fairly 50/50 in terms of who wins when we play, but this game I win almost every time (85% of the time).

Tonight we’ll be playing the Canadian classic, Crokinole.

The Game

Crokinole is a dexterity game that plays out the dynamics of something like curling on a game board.  Crokinole is a cottage country classic, played widely and often taught by grandparents and passed down to generations.  If you’ve never seen it played before you really should check out the championship games that are on YouTube (yes I watch them).  In the game you are flicking discs and if your opponent has no pieces on the board you are just trying to sink the disc in the hole in the middle of the board.  If your opponent has a piece on the board you need to hit their piece or your shot doesn’t count.

At our (relatively low) level of skill, the game is about controlling the board, making sure you keep your pieces protected and your opponents pieces off of the board.

If you’d like to see some great Crokinole played here is one of those championship videos I mentioned.  Please note – we are not this good.

The Result

Sometimes a trump card is a trump card.

There’s a chart, naturally.

I came out strong with 55 points in round 1 and Rachel and I played a very cagey defensive back and fourth for a few rounds but I managed to get a solid back to back strong rounds and that was enough to give me the edge to climb my way up to the win.

So there we have it! I played my trump card and Rachel has to go at least another night to try and win week 1! See you tomorrow night!