YouTube No Longer Supporting RSS

Yesterday Planet Kubb’s feed aggregator (we use rawdog) started getting errors when retrieving data from YouTube.

HTTP Status: 410
The feed has gone.
You should remove it from your config file.

YouTube deprecated v2 of their API and is forcing everyone to use v3. The new version of the API requires users to authenticate (no anonymous requests anymore) and only supports retrieval of JSON data. There is no RSS support. The Planet Kubb aggregator is an RSS aggregator, and without RSS support we can no longer retrieve new videos from YouTube. The FAQ for the new API says:

I rely on using the GData API (v1 or v2) for RSS/Atom feeds of YouTube videos. Do I have any alternative once they’re deprecated?

At this time, there is no direct alternative. We recommend providing your application’s users with the ability to manage and retrieve their YouTube subscriptions using the methods of the YouTube Data API v3’s subscriptions service.

This is disappointing. Not supporting RSS is not supporting a more open web. We have no intent to develop a workaround to use the v3 API’s. If a free service becomes available to turn the v3 APIs into RSS we would gladly use it to add YouTube back to Planet Kubb, but that doesn’t exist.

What now? How can you get Kubb videos online and syndicated through Planet Kubb? Use Vimeo! Vimeo supports RSS feeds for channels, and there is a Kubb channel. If you add a video to Vimeo, and put it in this channel we will get it share along. Vimeo has a nicer user experience and you can rid yourself of YouTube comment trolls at the same time.

Scoresheet Updated to v11

Each year after scoring the US National Kubb Championship Garrick and I have identified improvements for the scoresheet. Real use is where we see big improvements. Scoring games in championship tournaments is super helpful for this. Last years change was radical! We flipped the entire scoresheet from portrait to landscape and it is so much better. This years changes are minor but very helpful.

  1. As I was scoring games on the pitch I started doing something that I really liked. When the throwing team had cleared all the field kubbs and could now move to attacking the baseline, I made a thick vertical line over the grid for that turn. This allowed me to very easily see the Batons to Clear (BTC) for each team. We decided to put this right into the scoresheet and put a blank in between the vertical lines in the score grid. These can be connected to indicate when the field was cleared. Obviously this is easy to calculate, but this visual cue is really nice.
  2. The throw count numbers were nice but it turns out that they are better not in increments of 10, but instead a the end of each turn. It’s more helpful to know that number so we moved those.
  3. Added a reference to the new rescue Kubb attempt (Y) notation.

The new scoresheet is up on the wiki as a PDF to easily download and print. We also for the first time ever have a Github organization for Planet Kubb, and a repository just for the scoring system. Using this, you can create “issues” in that repository if you have suggestions for ways the scoring system, including the scoresheet, can be improved.

Planet Kubb Live Tweets Throw-by-Throw Again

For the 2nd year in a row Planet Kubb has used it’s notation system to share with the world throw-by-throw action from the finals match of the US National Kubb Championship! People from around the world were able to follow the game in real time, regardless of country or language. Planet Kubb is the first and only venue to ever live tweet throw-by-throw Kubb matches. Here are our tweets archived as they were sent. It would be great to see the World Championship do this!

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Introducing Y: Rescue Kubb Attempt

For the third consecutive year Planet Kubb was at the US National Kubb Championship and kept throw-by-throw records of the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals matches. This has become a bit of a tradition for us and people now eagerly look forward to getting their hands on the scoresheets after the tournament to look at what happened. Each year that we’ve done this we’ve found improvements to make to the scoresheet and notation. This year we had a first in US Kubb Championship play when King Pin attempted to rescue a Kubb.

The Scenario

Let me describe the situation. King Pin had left a field Kubb and given X Kubbed an advantage line, about 3 meters in. X Kubbed finished their attack and King Pin was left was 7 kubbs to throw in, along with the previous field Kubb. There were two baseline kubbs remaining. At this point King Pin decided they did not like the placement of the field Kubb that they had left in the previous turn and wanted to rescue it. JP Larson (J) picked up a Kubb and threw it bowling style at the field Kubb and missed. He threw a second and missed. At this point JP stepped aside and Mark Oman (M) threw a Kubb at the field Kubb and missed. He then threw another Kubb (totaling four kubbs) and this time he hit the field Kubb however it did not go out of bounds. King Pin decides to not attempt anything further. I’m not sure they could have anyway since the field was now laying down it would be very difficult to hit. So, they drill the remaining three kubbs, then rethrow the 4 kubbs they attempted rescues with. The field Kubb they were trying to rescue was set back up in it’s new spot.

That was a complicated set of events and it was pretty exciting to watch. As I wrote this down using Planet Kubb notation I had:

j:2i m:2i j:3i4r

This is completely accurate. JP (J) threw 2 kubbs, Mark (M) threw 2 kubbs. J threw 3 more kubbs and rethrew 4. There were no penalty kubbs. Accurate it may be but it completely misses the spirit of the action. Part of what made this interesting was the rescue attempt failed! If it would have been successful, let’s say that that 4th Kubb would have rescued the field Kubb, then we would have had this:

j:2i m:2iq j:3i4ri

The q would let us know a Kubb was rescued. Personally I stylistically put the rescued Kubb getting thrown back in as a final i by itself to highlight it. The q informs us of what happened with the previous 4 i‘s. But, that didn’t happen so we are left not really knowing what happened. After deliberating this we attempting a rescue of a Kubb deserves it’s own notation.

Introducing Y!

Y has now been added to the notation system to indicate a rescue Kubb attempt/throw. Using this, we would restate the scenario as:

j:2y m:2y j:3i4r

Much better! Now I know that those first four throws were not drills. They were special. I also know that since I don’t see a q they were not successful. Now I can see the notation and actually get a sense of what happened in the game.

Technically if we are just storing the data of the game Y isn’t needed. The first notation describes what happens, but it’s devoid of the excitement and emotion. Capturing the spirit of the game is something we are trying to do with the notation. For example, there technically is no reason for =. It’s just a missed throw. You could simply put and know that there was nothing else to throw at but the King so it must be a king miss. But that misses the point. It’s exciting to see:

3i  3f b b = = K

You know what happened at each step! Y solves this problem nicely for rescue attempts and captures the drama of the pitch. We think this closes one of the last areas of a Kubb match that the notation hadn’t been tested against before.

Planet Kubb Tourney Banner

As the 2014 Kubb season gets started you will start to see the new Planet Kubb banner flying proud at select events throughout the midwest!

Planet Kubb Flag


Made by Jamie Thingelstad‘s mother, Rosalin Chrest, this flag flies over 15 feet in the air. The Planet Kubb logo is boldly emblazoned on both sides and the “tipped king” is in bright red!

Planet Kubb Flag Inside


Planet Kubb Flag King


It’s gorgeous and I can’t say Thank You enough to my awesome Mom for making this! I can’t wait to put this up in July in Eau Claire!

Announcing the kubb-l mailing list

Using the just announced Planet Kubb Mailing List service Planet Kubb has setup a generic kubb player mailing list called kubb-l. This list is intended to be a general discussion mailing list amongst Kubb players around the world. You can sign up on the kubb-l mailing list page. Enjoy!

While you are at it, there is a PlanetKubb-l mailing list as well that is general discussion about Planet Kubb specifically. Sign up for that one while you are at it!

Chaska Kubb Club Wins 2013 Planet Kubb US Club Championship

Congratulations to Chaska Kubb Club, the winners of the inaugural 2013 Planet Kubb US Club Championship!

Chaska Kubb wins 2013 Club Championship

Chaska Kubb bested Berserker Kubb, Des Moines Kubb and Minnesota Kubb to win the 2013 Planet Kubb US Club Championship.

Des Moines Kubb and Minnesota Kubb hit hard times early in the club championship. Both clubs entered Sunday with only 4 points, and were mathematically out of the running. Both Des Moines and Minnesota had only one team of their three still in the bracket, and both had mirror records for their other teams with one collecting a single point, and the other collecting no points. To make matters worse, Des Moines’ Team Knockerheads would face Minnesota’s Tad Kubbler first thing, assuring that one of the clubs would be stopped at 4 points. (see Team Knockerheads v. Tad Kubbler match)

Meanwhile, the competition was intense between Berserker Kubb and Chaska Kubb Club. Berserker Kubb also only had a single team left, the Kubbsicles, but they got more support from the other two teams (Dark Side of the Kubb and Team Kubboom – The Fusilade) who contributed 3 points versus the 1 that DMK and Minnesota got. This put them only a single point behind Chaska Kubb, but they would need to win everything and Chaska would have to get the minimum number of points possible for them to win.

Chaska Kubb Club was the only club to have two teams playing on Sunday, unfortunately for them they were playing each other in a King Pin v. Pack of Snipers battle first thing. (see King Pin v. Pack of Snipers match)

Sunday morning started with Minnesota and DMK out, and Chaska needing to get 2 wins to clinch it while Kubbsicles would need to win it all and hope Chaska only got a single win. With King Pin facing the imposing Team Knockerheads in the semifinals it was anyone’s guess, but King Pin threw amazing batons and struck with deadly accuracy and prevailed. (see King Pin v. Team Knockerheads match)

Congratulations to Chaska Kubb Club who will now host the Nylund-Sack Trophy until it is up for grabs at the 2014 US National Championship!

The final standings for the 2013 Planet Kubb US Kubb Club Championship were: Chaska Kubb Club 10, Berserker Kubb 9, Des Moines Kubb 5 and Minnesota Kubb 4.

Call for Volunteers to Score Sunday Championship Games

Last year Planet Kubb recorded play-by-play action for every game in the quarterfinals and on at the 2012 USA Kubb Championship. We want to do that again! If you are going to be at nationals and would be interested in volunteering to score games on Sunday (or, if you want to score games on Saturday too!) please let us know by commenting on this blog post, or emailing us at and we’ll get in touch. It’s very easy to do! We will be happy to supply the scoresheets, clipboards and pens. A couple minutes of orientation with the notation and you’ll be ready to go. It does require that you focus on the game so you see each and every play. You don’t even have to enter them into the computer, others will happily do that for you.

Garrick and I (Jamie) will have a bunch of extra scoresheets at the tournament. If you would like to help on Sunday (and Saturday?) please find us and we’ll get you set up!

Final Call for Registration in 2013 Planet Kubb Club Competition

Nyland Sack TrophyWe are happy to announce that this weekend we will be crowning the very first winner of the Planet Kubb Club Competition. Berserker Kubb from Eau Claire, Des Moines Kubb from Iowa and Minnesota Kubb are already in the running with their three teams identified. We are going to extend the deadline to register your club to this Friday at midnight. Up until then, send an email with your three teams, name of the club to and you can be in the running to be the first ever club to take home the Nylund Sack Trophy for the year!