This calls for something I have been thinking about for a couple years now...a kubb symposium. I have a ton of opinions on this. I think it all comes down to how kubb games are distributed. Most of the stuff that is happening is from pure randomness. What happens if Chris never finds kubb on the Internet looking for games. What happens if Ryan never moves back to TRF. What happens if Chad never searches the game on the Internet? What happens in I stayed in MT? Will there be a new DM this year? Perhaps not. We will grow, yes, and I think this year and next we will get a good feeling of how we will grow at each local level (Rockford has not done a great job with this and local registration is showing that, at least to date) and as the Kubb Region of the U.S. However, there are so many variables. Kubb needs to be promoted more and available for people to see on the shelf in stores. Will it get to that point? Part of me hopes so, and part of me hopes not. I also have opinions on how it will grow in the NE (if they ever start having tournaments out there) and how we will be viewed by them. That is the part that interests me the most.
Regarding for-profit tournaments. I would have to say that they would have to offer prize money to do that. We are so full of tournaments right now in the Midwest, we need a lot more growth to allow even the tournaments we have to be sustainable and/or flirt with the 32 team number. I do think we probably charge too little for tournaments, as many other things charge a lot more for a lot less. I do look at some sports on TV and think kubb can EASILY be on TV and fun for people to watch. Perhaps there are too many variables to make it challenging to do it live, but taped like some of these ski races, etc., why not?
Regarding shut down. It will never be shut down. I don't think lawn darts was ever life for people. Kubb is part of our lives. It changes lives.
I look back to 2007, 2008, and to some extent maybe 2009 here in EC for the tournament. It seems a lot more innocent and intimate. Was it? Maybe. Maybe not. However, I do think in four or five years we will look back to to the start of 2012 and think, gosh, those were the days. Even if someone comes to the game this year, they will still experience the early years. That brings me to this, I constantly think about the future (good and bad). What I need to do is enjoy this amazing ride. Enjoy the now.