We'll readily admit that we've never played VKing ($100) before, but any game that includes battle axes, shields, and kings is cool with us. Based on an old, old Swedish Viking game, the object is to use your battle axes to bust all of your opponent's shields, and then conquer the king. As for the set itself, it's handcrafted in Vermont from hardwoods and includes 10 shields, 6 battle axes, 4 field markers, 1 king, a canvas storage bag, and, thankfully, a rule sheet. Our guess is it's probably a helluva drinking game as well, given that it was created by, you know, vikings.

  • BearVault

    Keep the Yogi and Boo-Boo types out of your goods with the BearVault ($80). Made from tough polycarbonate and designed to keep strong smells from escaping and luring in the unwanted wildlife, this clever container offers 700 cu. in. of interior storage, a rainproof lid with a bear-proof locking mechanism, and a dimpled exterior to keep it secured when going to and from camp. It's also approved by both the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group and Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, if you can believe such a thing exists.

  • Adirondack FireStone FireLighter

    Leave the normal lighter fluid, newspapers, and tinder to the amateurs and get your fire going with the Adirondack FireStone FireLighter ($150). This set of fire essentials includes a durable stoneware pot to hold the reusable, porous FireStone, a cold rolled steel handle for the stone, and two bottles of candle & lamp oil. Just soak the stone in the oil — using the pot — roll it in ashes, light it, and place it under your firewood. Just like that, you've got a strong fire blazing that Herostratus himself would be proud of.

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