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Downtown arcade bar to host free Klask Tournament

Friday, January 26, 2018

*Editor's note: The use of the terminology "barcade" was changed to "arcade bar" to avoid infringing on a trademarked brand name.

Coin-Op Cantina in downtown Cape Girardeau will be hosting a free Klask Tournament at 9 p.m. Friday, with prizes going to the top five places.

Photo courtesy of Achim Raschka, Wikimedia Commons

The winner will walk away with the honor of his or her picture in the “Hall of Champions” and a Klask game to take home.

It’s a strange little game with a surprisingly large following: Klask is a table-top board game that Jason Mungle said he found on the internet.

Mungle is a part-owner of the downtown arcade bar. Besides craft beer on draft, the place is filled with old arcade machines and games like skee-ball, darts and pinball. Add to that list, Klask.

Because he has two other partners in the business, Mungle said he mostly runs the tournament game nights once a month at the bar. He said he’s always searching for new games, and Klask “just kept popping up” on his social media news feeds.

“I thought, ‘why not give it a shot?’” Mungle said. “And it turned out to be super fun.”

Photo courtesy of Achim Raschka, Wikimedia Commons

Klask is played with two people, each of whom control a striker from underneath the game surface with a magnet. The object of the game is to use the striker to knock the ball into the other player’s goal.

Photo courtesy of Achim Raschka, Wikimedia Commons

But there’s a catch.

Three little magnets line the center of the game board, almost like a defense. If a player gets two of those magnets stuck to his/her striker, he forfeits a point to the opponent. If a player loses control of the striker and cannot get it back, the opponent earns a point. Finally, if a player accidentally falls into his/her own goal, the opponent earns a point.

The Klask Tournament will be a double-elimination format with two game boards. If more than 30 people sign up, Mungle said the tournament will have to become a single-elimination format in the interest of time.

Unlike other tournaments at Coin-Op, Mungle said the competition will begin promptly at 9 p.m., so participants should try to register no later than 8:45 p.m.