There has been a really good conversation going on about the center pins and the role that they play in the game. I've been following it out of interest but only just recently has something I've been considering ran into this debate, in a way.
The way I see it, and from other conversations on Ask Planet Kubb, the Kubb Pitch is intended to be made up of "pure" lines, by that I mean they have no thickness. So a kubb is in our out based on the percentage of the kubb that is over this line, having no width, that passes over or through it. Obviously the pins themselves have width so I think most players use a theoretical centerline down the pins. I've been thinking about how to create something that is like the pure line based pitch, and I think I can, with lasers!
My idea is to get five laser line generators to create a pitch with. If at this point you think I'm joking with you, I am not. Each line of the pitch (2 baseline, 2 sideline, centerline) would have it's own laser. Using a laser line generator I would put each one on a pole about couple feet in the air (need to do some math to know the right height) and place a line directly on the ground for the pitch.
I think this would be simply awesome. Using a line generator would make calls on kubbs being in or out super easy. Putting the line generator on a pole would allow the centerline to literally paint over the centerline of the king. Plus, the poles themselves would be entirely out of the pitch so there would be no obstacles (pins) for batons or kubbs to hit.
Now, before getting to the heart of my question consider playing at dusk/night with a laser illuminated pitch and batons and kubbs that have embedded LED's in them. Oh yeah. Tron meets Kubb! Awesome.
Back to the matter. On the theoretical hand I would think this would be am amazing way to mark a pitch. But I'm curious if the lack of pins would make it illegal entirely. I'm not suggesting that a tournament grid will be drawn from a tower laser in the sky, yet. And I realize I'm free to make whatever pitch I want in the park to play on. But what do people think? Would this be legal? And perhaps this is an interesting way to address the question of the centerpins.
If ultimately the pins are considered just game equipment, the whole laser idea would need to be reconsidered. I've considered the idea of shooting a laser through the corner pins to aid with kubb in or out calls anyway.