Showing posts with label Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Games. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Mini Golf Designer board game by Thematic Games

A quick look at the new Mini Golf Designer board game by Thematic Games.


Mini Golf Designer board game by Thematic Games

We received our copy of the Mini Golf Designer board game by Thematic Games following the successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. We're looking forward to giving it a play.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

World Alternative Games 2021

The countdown is on until the 2021 World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells.


World Alternative Games are held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

The World Alternative Games were due to take place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales this month. The fifth edition of the Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and are now scheduled for August 2021.

The festival of strange, obscure and interesting sports takes place over three weeks and sees thousands of athletes and spectators descend on the town to compete in, and marvel at, the sporting action.

The first edition of the World Alternative Games were held in 2012 to celebrate the huge year of sport and offer an alternative to elite sport with an open-to-all event. The second edition took place in 2014 and every two years thereafter. There were 35 events in 2012 and 60 titles up for grabs in 2014.

The competitors from the first-ever Finger Jousting Championships held on UK soil back at the 2012 World Alternative Games
The competitors from the first-ever Finger Jousting Championships held on UK soil back at the 2012 World Alternative Games

The Games are a superb mass participation multi-sport event and really do encourage everyone to get involved. Many spectators end up as competitors and the serious obscure sports enthusiasts very often take up a new sport after visiting.

The medalists from the 2014 Finger Jousting World Championships
The medalists from the 2014 Finger Jousting World Championships

Some of the sports included at previous editions include wife carrying, chariot racing, cheese rolling, pooh sticks, underwater hockey, archery, office chair racing, hay bale tossing, finger jousting, stone skimming, underwater rugby, space hopper racing, horseshoe throwing, bog snorkelling, crazy golf, worm charming, conkers, world of grip, zombie fun runs, plank racing, rock paper scissors, hide n seek and toe wrestling. There have been many many more contests and the 2021 event will be packed with a wide range of different sports and games to play.

World of Grip at the World Alternative Games
World of Grip was a tough challenge!

I have been a competitor, volunteer, organiser, advocate and promoter of the World Alternative Games since the first event in 2012.

With my Corinthian medal from competing in the World of Grip events
With my Corinthian medal from competing in the World of Grip events

I organised the World Finger Jousting Federation Championships at the first Games in 2012. Prior to that tournament I took part in the Egg Throwing Championships with my team-mate Jas Kukielka and we ended up winning the World Title!

Egg Throwing Championships at the 2012 World Alternative Games
On the World Alternative Games podium

It just goes to show that anything can happen when you're at the World Alternative Games!

Egg Throwing Championships at the 2012 World Alternative Games
The champions cooling down after the event

Egg Throwing Championships at the 2012 World Alternative Games
Spot the egg...

Visit the World Alternative Games website to find out more.


As well as being the UK's smallest town Llanwrtyd Wells is famous for being the host venue for a number of quirky and unusual sports and games, including the World Bog Snorkelling Championships and the annual Man versus Horse Marathon.

See more of my blog posts about the World Alternative Games.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Medals from the Oswestry Games

A look at medals from the Oswestry Games in 2012.


These are some of the best medals I've ever won playing minigolf. They came from competing in tournaments at the 2012 Oswestry Games in Shropshire.

Medals from the Oswestry Games in 2012

The Gold was from the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Minigolf Championship and the Bronze medal was from the BMGA Oswestry Games Pro-Am Minigolf Classic. The silver medal was won by Emily in the Pro-Am team competition.

The Oswestry Games were a superb multi-sports event and festival of sport. They tapped into the Olympic spirit of London 2012.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Pitch & Plakks now available to pre-order online

The new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game is available to pre-order online.


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Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

We found out about Pitch & Plakks minigolf course toy back in May and backed the Kickstarter to get the game made.

Pitch & Plakks will be released in November and we're looking forward to receiving this early Christmas present.

You can pre-order the game - with a discount - online now.

We love playing minigolf, outdoors and indoors - whether it's a full size course, a video game or a board game we're super competitive! It'll be interesting to see who wins our games - and how many arguments we'll have while playing it...

Pitch & Plakks is the second game from the team at Plakks after they successfully launched the Plakks football game in 2019.

Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

You can pre-order Pitch & Plakks through this link. Any purchases made through it will also support us to continue bringing you brilliant minigolf content.


Pitch & Plakks is going to be a nice addition to our collection of minigolf toys, games and board games.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Saturday, July 18, 2020

One day left to back Pitch & Plakks on Kickstarter

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Pitch & Plakks minigolf game

There is now only one day left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter.

Pitch & Plakks minigolf game

Friday, July 17, 2020

Two days left to back Pitch & Plakks on Kickstarter

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There are just two days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter.

Pitch & Plakks minigolf game

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Three days left to back Pitch & Plakks on Kickstarter

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There are now only three days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter.


Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf Board Game

We're looking forward to getting hold of our Pitch & Plakks set later this year. It'll be out just in time to play over Christmas and New Year.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Four days left to back Pitch & Plakks on Kickstarter

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There are now just four days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter.

Pitch & Plakks minigolf game

The campaign has been incredibly popular with more than 1,300 backers so far helping reach a number of stretch goals.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Five days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter

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There are now only five days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter.

Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game

The campaign has been very popular and a number of stretch goals have been reached.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Six days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter

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There are only six days left to back the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game on Kickstarter.

Pitch & Plakks minigolf game

The campaign has been incredibly popular and a number of stretch goals have been reached.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

Check out the Kickstarter for the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game - there are only 11 days to go.


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Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

We love playing minigolf - whether it's a full size course, a video game or a board game we're super competitive!

In May we found out about Pitch & Plakks, an indoor minigolf course board game toy. It's the second game from the team at Plakks after they successfully launched the Plakks football game in 2019.

Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

If you are interested in finding out more about Pitch & Plakks and supporting a growing business with a great product please use this link. Any pledges made through it will also support us to continue bringing you brilliant minigolf content.

Pitch & Plakks will be a nice addition to our collection of minigolf toys, games and board games.

More information, FAQs, photos and videos can be found on the Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game Kickstarter campaign page.

Friday, June 19, 2020

A new Putting Pencil

One of the nicest things about visiting a new minigolf course is seeing what scorecards and branded pencils they have. Not all courses have them and at present some courses have stopped giving them out. Other courses use apps for players to use as scorecards while others use a mix of the old-school approach mixed with technology and offer both scoring options.

On our travels to 948 miniature golf courses we've collected quite a few putting pencils.

Earlier this week I blogged about the fact you can now play Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge from The Simpsons! It's available as an online game as well as a download.

Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge from The Simpsons
Do you think you can reach the Parking Lot with a Putter?

I bought the downloadable version and as a nice bonus you receive a scoring pencil.


Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge Scoring Pencil


It's something different to add to my collection of minigolf ephemera.

Minigolf pencils

Monday, June 15, 2020

Play Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge from The Simpsons

You can now play Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge from The Simpsons!


Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge from The Simpsons
I know which club I'm choosing

I love The Simpsons and I love Putting so I was very very very happy to hear that Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge from the show has been made into a playable game!


Many thanks to my friend and minigolf rival Martyn Williams from the Welsh Minigolf Club for sending the link to me.

Play Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge online


The playable version of the game was made by Aaron Demeter. Follow him on Twitter too.

It's certainly cheered me up on this Minigolf Monday and is a bright spot in an otherwise incredibly gloomy year.

Happy Putting.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Putt-In-Play - a 1930's minigolf toy

We love the look of this 1930's parlor golf putting game made by Gibbs Toys of Canton, Ohio, USA.

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys of Canton, Ohio, USA

The wooden set originally consisted of the 9-holes, two wooden shafted 5 1/2" putters with metal heads, six steel golf balls, rules, blank score cards and a golf bag.

Do you have a favourite minigolf game or toy? Do let us know.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Foam Golf Set at Lidl

Look what's in the Middle of Lidl!


You can currently get a Foam Golf Set in the middle aisle of Lidl for £14.99.

Foam Golf Set in the Middle of Lidl. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, June 2020
My brother Christopher spotted this Foam Golf Set while doing his weekly shop in Lidl

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Pitch & Plakks indoor minigolf game

A look at the new Pitch & Plakks indoor minigolf game.

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As a BIG fan of everything to do with minigolf I was excited to hear about a new game being launched by the Plakks team in Spain.


The creation of the Pitch & Plakks mini golf game has teed-off on Kickstarter and the campaign runs until Sunday 19th July.


Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game

If you are interested in finding out more about Pitch & Plakks and supporting a growing business with a great product please use this link. Any pledges made through it will also support us to continue bringing you brilliant minigolf content.

Pitch & Plakks is the second game from the team at Plakks after they successfully launched the Plakks football game last year.

Competitive leisure


Emily and I are looking forward to creating interesting layouts and playing some Battle Games on the Pitch & Plakks course to continue our competitive isolation fun!

Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game

We love playing minigolf - whether it's a full size course, a video game or a board game we're super competitive! 

We've got a number of minigolf toys, games and board games in the Crazy Golf Museum and recently looked at some examples of Parlor Golf games from the 1930's.

The new Kickstarter campaign for the Pitch & Plakks mini golf board game launched yesterday, 9th June, and has already received 330 backers and more than doubled the original pledge goal! It’s superb to see so many people interested in playing the new minigolf game.

More information, FAQs, photos and videos can be found on the Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game Kickstarter campaign page.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Putt'n Score minigolf game

A look at the Putt'n Score minigolf game by Hilco Corporation, 2001.


Putt'n Score minigolf game by Hilco Corporation, 2001

One of a number of minigolf games in the Crazy Golf Museum.

Do you have a favourite miniature golf game, board game or toy?

Monday, June 08, 2020

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, circa 1930

A look at a Parlor Golf putting game from the 1930s.


We love finding and showcasing games, interesting items, ephemera, stories and history from the world of minigolf.


The Crazy Golf Museum is home to a number of fun, old and interesting items.


Yesterday I posted about the Parlor Golf game made by Parlor Golf MFGR. Co. of La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA in the USA.

Putt-In-Play


Today's putting game for Minigolf Monday is the Putt-In-Play set by Gibbs Toys of Canton, Ohio, USA.

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys
A 9-hole set up of Putt-In-Play

Also known as The Parlor Golf Game, the 9-hole wooden set has a nice range of obstacles to putt through.

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 1

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 2


Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 3

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 4

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 5
 
Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 6

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 7

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 8

Putt-In-Play by Gibbs Toys, 1930
Hole 9

The Putt-In-Play set originally consisted of the 9-holes, two wooden shafted 5 1/2" putters with metal heads, six steel golf balls, rules, blank score cards and a golf bag.

It's ace to look back at historic items from days gone by. The Putt-In-Play layout looks quite similar to Beton and Eternit types of miniature golf that were created in the 1950s and are still very popular in Continental Europe.

Do you have a favourite miniature golf game, or know of any others?


Visit the Crazy Golf Museum website for more minigolf toys and games.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Parlor Golf

A look at a minigolf game from 1930.


The Crazy Golf Museum is home to a number of interesting, fun and old items from the world of miniature golf.

One such item that ticks all three boxes is this, Parlor Golf from 1930. The game was made by Parlor Golf MFGR. Co. of La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA.

Parlor Golf, 1930

The set instructs players on how to create an 18-hole course by using the four wooden base plates and five obstacles.

Parlor Golf, 1930

By making the holes shorter and varying the placement of the obstacles you can create even more combinations.

Parlor Golf, 1930

Check out the Crazy Golf Museum website for more minigolf toys and games.

Do you have a favourite putting game, minigolf board game, or know of any others? Do let us know.

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