Kings is the epic outdoor game of skill and fun for the whole family.

Kings Viking Chess was the game of the Vikings. They sailed on their longboats to far off lands to raid and win new territory, to beat their enemy and conquer. Just like this game! The rules were taken from some ancient rune stones off the bottom of the sea and go something like this:

First things first, make two teams of one person or up to six people on each team. The teams don’t even have to be even, so you can play with whoever is around!

Now that you’ve got your Viking clans together, why are you raiding? Well, the goal is to knock over the King in the middle of the battlefield, and whichever team does that first – conquers! Before you get to attack the King you have to knock down all the blocks or ‘Warriors‘ of the opposing team. Be careful! If one team accidentally knocks over the King before the other team’s Warriors have been cleared, they lose the match immediately… ouch!

 

PLAYING WITH THE CARDS? USE THESE RULES TO START.

Shuffle the playing cards. Each team selects one and reveals their card. The card will tell you which team will throw first and how many spears you have for the first throw. There will also be other twists thrown in depending on the card drawn, such as moving the pieces around the field, or creating shields around your most important pieces.

WITHOUT THE CARDS? USE THESE RULES TO SEE WHO ATTACKS FIRST.

Each team hurls a throwing stick or ‘Spear’, from the same side, as close to the King as possible, without touching it. The team of Vikings that gets the Spear closest to the King has won the right to start. At this stage, if the King is accidentally knocked over, another shot is allowed – but only one. Knocking the King over again, gives the other team the right to start instead!

Benefits of Kings for children

Some of the many benefits of playing Kings include:

  • reduced risk of obesity
  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • improved coordination (especially hand/eye co ordination) and balance
  • a greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic muscular tension (such as headache or back ache)
  • helps children develop social skills such as leadership and teamwork
  • enjoyment of being outside
  • improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.