September 1, 2019


In Praise of Mölkky, the Greatest Lawn Game You've Never Heard Of (DANNY AGNEW, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019, Inside hook)

[I] stopped to watch a ragtag crew of French millennials drinking wine straight from the bottle and chucking a wooden cylinder at a cluster of small numbered pins.

The delightfully-inebriated enfants terrible took pity on a lonely old American and roped me into the game, which I soon learned was called Mölkky, a quirky combo of bocce and bowling hailing from Finland (also the birthplace of saunas and Angry Birds; the Finns have casual time-wasting down to a science).

Granted the wine probably had something to do with it, but my inaugural Mölkky session wound up being the best afternoon of my whole trip. Without too a deep dive into the game's rules, the basic gist is that one tosses the wooden cylinder (the titular "mölkky") at the numbered pins (1-12, dubbed "skittles") in an attempt to score exactly 50 points. Knock down a single pin, you get the number of points on it. Knock down multiple pins, you get one point for each pin. 

Pins are set back up wherever they land, thus spreading out over the course of a game and adding an interesting wrinkle of strategy absent from typical tossin' contests like cornhole or ladder ball.

Posted by at September 1, 2019 8:12 AM