Hnefatafl. The Viking Game. The Fetlar Rules. For boards 11 squares by 11 squares. The Game. There are two sides. The attackers arranged in groups of 6 at. Dragonheel’s lair: Free online boardgames. Play hnefatafl online. Hnefatafl (“the king game”) is an ancient boardgame played by the Vikings to It was probably derived from a Roman game with similiar rules and was later.

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Except the size of the board 11x11the rules are the same as for Tablut. My research and development in particular shows that these rules in their purest form provide an exceptionally strategic and well balanced game.

Black should try to keep white off-balance by switching the directions his king is trying to escape in. The size of the set doesn’t really make a difference, it’s the rule set that you play by that affects the difficulty.

The game is played by two players on a board of 11×11 squares, one player taking control of the king and twelve defenders, the other taking control of twenty-four attackers. Tawlbwrdd and Sea Battle Tafl are the easiest to learn, and ynefatafl can be played well on boards from 9×9 to 13x If you click on the “Rules Leaflets” link on the “Related Pages” sidebar of this page to the rulez on desktop screens, or at the foot of the page on Mobilesyou’ll see a range of downloadable PDF leaflets for different versions of the game.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Other pieces may pass over the central square in the course of their move, as long as they do not land there. S5 and the board game: An enemy piece can move between two of your pieces and not be captured. The king may be surrounded, but he has a way out on the next move. The game is one of pure strategy, played on a square board. White should cover the exposed tules while gradually advancing on all sides.


The capture of the king is slightly different, in that he must be surrounded on all four sides by white pieces – or when his only escape is to the throne square.

In version 3, the king can be captured by 3 pieces only, if he’s standing on an edge In version 2, the king is captured like a ‘simple’ rook. According to the version you play on the site, certain rules apply. Notify of replies Yes No. The king moves and captures like any other piece he can participate in captures regardless of whether he is the moving piece or the non-moving piece. All pieces move horizontally or vertically over any number of empty squares, except the king, who can only move up to three squares.

The pieces move orthogonally, like rooks in chess, and capture is by surrounding a piece on two opposite sides. All other pieces may move across the throne if unoccupied without stopping on it.

The board is an 11 by 11 grid, the centre square of which is the throne.

If you want to make your own set, to use hnefatafl as an historical reenactment activity, or to hold a tournament, then you would benefit from a deeper understanding of the rules and variations. I fell in love with Vikings from the start, and with some research, very impressed by the factual basis behind the characters altered for dramatical reasons. If the board position is repeated three times, the player in control of the situation must find another move. Captures are done by flanking the opposition piece with two of your own – note that multiple captures are possible.


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Copenhagen Hnefatafl Rules | Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

The king may also be captured by surrounding him on three sides, if the fourth side is the marked central square. Version 2 and 3: Online tournaments often use the Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules on an 11×11 board, though Tawlbwrdd is also popular. In that situation the white piece can safely come to rest between the two black pieces. Then, a white warrior on the square next to the throne, with the king behind hneffatafl, cannot be captured by a single black warrior.

Brandub is used on the 7×7.

The king cannot assist in capturing opposition pieces. Only one piece can be captured in a given direction because your pieces must be on the two squares immediately next to the enemy piecebut you can capture in multiple hnefatafll at once theoretically, up to 4 pieces at once.

The five marked squares in the centre and corners of the board are special, and only the king may land on them. Note that most attempts to storm the centre are easily defeated by black. In most versions of hnefatafl a piece cannot be pinned against the edge of the board. Travis Fimmell is from a place near to were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly.