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     The Kokoi Scoreboard -- new and innovative

    Darts & Stuff of InterestErik writes "I was doing my usual Facebook cruise one morning and noticed an interesting post about a new scoreboard being sold on Amazon called the Kokoi.  It was so different that I had to check it out and see what it was all about so I contacted the manufacturer and asked if I could review the product (something I rarely do anymore).

    Very shortly afterwards a box arrived on my porch and I was tearing into it to check out this strange new contraption.  Right away I was impressed with the wood construction and weight of the scoreboard.  It was actually kind of heavy for its size -- not something typical today.

    Fit and finish were of professional quality and I have to admit I liked what I saw even if I wasn't certain how well it would 'play' when the darts started flying. 

    As soon as I could I put the scoreboard up in my dart room (you have one of those right?  A dart room?) and had a friend join me in a game of cricket.  Play was not hindered by the scoreboard and with the exception of pointing was perhaps even faster because of the simple mechanism to change your ‘score’.  It’s easy really, just turn the dial to either one X, two or three X’s to show how many of each number you’ve hit. 

    I must admit, however that I prefer the ‘American’ way of scoring Cricket by using a slash (/) for one mark, an X for two marks and a circle (o) for three marks and asked the manufacturer if they’d consider making an ‘American’ version of the scoreboard (no response as of yet).  I also didn’t like having all the numbers from 20 down to 10 plus triples and doubles (all for Mickey Mouse or Tactics) since we just don’t play that in the US (ok some people due I suppose but I’ve never met them and I suspect it’s VERY few) however I’ve yet to hear from the maker if they’d consider a US version or not). 

    The only real drawback to the system is the scoring section for playing ’01 games or pointing in Cricket because it’s also a ‘turn the knob’ system meaning that you start at zero (0) and can turn the knob to nine (9) and only have 3 knobs for a total possible score of 999 which in Cricket for top players simply isn’t enough.  I’ve played many games that went over 1000 points but that isn’t even the real problem, the real problem is that American cannot do math in their head anymore.  Now before you get upset please understand that I’ve played darts now for 36 years and in all those years I never met a lot of people that could do math quickly and efficiently in their heads without at least writing something on a chalkboard or dry erase board.  Often enough people want to see what’s scored to check the math and opponents seem to prefer it.  With that on this scoreboard it’s unlikely to be popular for those playing 501 a lot or for those who play ‘Slop Cricket for Points’ which is the standard fare for Cricket in the USA. 

    My only other criticism is that the slots you view the numbers through are smaller than the slots for the cricket x’s and so can sometimes be a little harder to see.  These should be larger for ease of viewing.  I’d like to suggest the following changes to the makers though I’m uncertain they would bother with them:  

    1.       Remove all numbers not used in Cricket in the USA (you can keep the original style for those who want them but make a US version without the 14 through 10, triples and doubles).

    2.       Use the extra space to place a chalkboard surface for doing math for those that need it or offer a place to put a clipboard for scratch paper etc – one way or another people need a method of calculating their scores.

    3.       Increase the size of the ‘slots’ you view the score though so the numbers are more easily read.

    4.       Change the Cricket scoring to /, X, O to more closely match the US method of scoring the game – after all, it’s a US game.

      All in all though, I really like the concept and suspect that a lot of home users would enjoy using it for playing Mickey Mouse or Tactics and even Cricket (we just use the 14 for the bull and ignore the rest). "

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    Re: The Kokoi Scoreboard -- new and innovative (Score: 1)
    by Art on Monday, February 11 @ 18:59:00 UTC
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    sounds to me like it could use a do

    Re: The Kokoi Scoreboard -- new and innovative (Score: 1)
    by rickstr on Tuesday, May 28 @ 03:15:48 UTC
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    Well, despite the fact that it was a rather subjective view of the product - turned out pretty interesting and informative review. It looks very easy and from the heart. Quite a different type of information than advertising texts. In general .. it would be good to add to the Amazon, many users would benefit from this view.

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    Best regards, Looktr

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