Short rules VS championship rules ,how do you introduce the game to newcomers?

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asked Nov 25, 2013 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
I've seen a lot online about Kubb being introduced  in schools, at the YMCA, that sort of thing.When showing people the game for the first time what works best, abbreviated rules or the Championship rules?Thanks to all the Kubb Ambassadors out there!

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answered Nov 25, 2013 by garrickvanburen Kubblic ❚ (7,390 points)
I introduced my sister to the game a few weeks back. We played championship rules and I'm glad we did. She wasn't really into it _until_ a couple of field kubbs were left standing and we took the advantage line. That's when the gameplay clicked for her and she got really into it.
commented Nov 25, 2013 by ringerjr Kubbnoob (990 points)
I'm with Garrick. Stick to the rules. I think the rulesets of VM and the US Championship are well thought out and maximize fun and strategy in the game. The only change I recommend is shortening the pitch size to accommodate smaller spaces and/or smaller players. For instance, the pitch I made at the Y last week was about 5 meters by 2 meters to make the game easier for beginners and avoid mirrored walls.

Abbreviations I'm aware of:
I do not recommend taking pieces out of the game as it removes a part of the game that lets balance shift from one side to the other. (Maybe only remove pieces as a last resort if someone needs to leave and you want to see the king fall during a stalemate)

I do not recommend stacking as it leaves too many questions and judgements as to which kubb goes where, unless the rules are elaborately spelled out.
commented Nov 25, 2013 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
Thank you both for your advice. I used to think that short rules were best for the introductory phase, but lately I've been thinking  no. In trumansburg/Ithaca NY Area there is a split in the Kubb community ,most prefer the short  rules they learned the game with. There are some who appreciate the additional strategy and skill set needed for championship rules.If we had learned that way from the beginning we would have naturally  started drilling and attacking the stacks!
commented Nov 25, 2013 by christine
Hi Dano, I watched a game this summer that played the shorter rules. None of the players had ever played before, so they were less than adequate at the 8 meter shots. If they could have been playing the new line from missed field kubbs, they would have had an easier time hitting the base kubbs from the shorter distance. As it was, the game dragged out with missed long shots. Frustrating for the beginners....and the observers. I like Garrick and Ringerjr's answers, too! Hope to meet you at a kubb tourney in the new year!
commented Nov 25, 2013 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
Good point , one of the arguments in my area against the championship rules is the games take to long.not necessarily  true.I just played two games against my self , about. 20 min total.