Cardinal Boleski (James Ritchie), author of Boleski's Unkonkize Hiztory of Slobbovia (the first history of the realm) wrote me recently, mentioning that he had seen Mo'reen Boleski, the former Czar, not long ago. It occurred to me that, having posted about 1480: The Age of Exploration, I might also post about Slobbovia, an equally dead, and if anything, more bizarre game.
Slobbovia began in 1969 at a lake in Killarney, Manitoba, where a number of teenagers played a "King of the Hill" variant which they called "Emperor of Slobbovia." The game involved campaigning in canoes and fighting battles by splashing each other with paddles. (This is the origin of that distinctive Slobbovian weapon, the pluglunk.)