Looking for a different activity for your next picnic or outdoor event? Klop is a log- tossing game that originated in Europe. In the forests near the Finnish-Russian border, the wooden blocks were carved from birch trees. The legend is that the sharp klop sound of the blocks hitting each other helped keep the hungry bears away. Not that we need to worry too much about that in Australia but from that beginning Klop has evolved into a fun, easy game that anyone can play.
The rules are simple, two or more players are needed. The pegs are set up in a triangle shape and the competitors take turns throwing the larger log at them. If more than one peg is knocked over, you score one point for each peg. If a single peg is knocked over, you score the number on that peg. If no pegs are hit, you get a strike. Three strikes in a row and you are out of the game. After each throw the pegs are stood up where they fall. The first player to score exactly 50 points wins. If you go over 50, your score goes back to 25.
We have found the more players the better, with plenty of time in between turns to have a drink and a chat. The real fun starts when the strategies do. Does the person after you need to score eight to win? Try and knock the eight block as far away as you can just to make it that little bit harder for them.
Klop can be purchased on line and some shops, we got ours Presents Of Mind, a great little gift store in Paddington. Australian Geographic also sells a version called Finska. It's a great way to pass the time at a barbeque, picnic or in the backyard, get Klopping and have fun.