Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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Looking for Tafl fans javascript developers !

Jocly went open-source (search for "jocly" on and implements a number of Tafl games. Javascript developers are very welcome to contribute game options and improving the AI (not as hard as it sounds).

Jocly is a Web library that can be used in any site or in some applications (search for "joclyboard" on

mig - 09:35, 18/05/2017 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Hi everyone

It is very difficult to find a place to buy a wooden Hnefatafl. Here in Switzerland, no shop has it on stock...

Can anyone give me some shops (online), where I can order it?

Thanks fpr your help

Martin - 07:54, 12/05/2017 - Frequently Asked Questions

What a beautiful set! Interesting how subtle the difference is between the king and the defender pieces.

Liz Lam - 19:16, 19/04/2017 - Dardell Games Hnefatafl

Thanks for your query, Ian! My best approximation is neffa-taffle. There's a better explanation elsewhere on the site - the easiest way to get to it is to type pronunciation into the site's search box at the top right.

Damian Walker - 14:50, 18/04/2017 - The Viking Game

Thanks for this discovery!

The Dardell game is probably well balanced. If two Dardell details, who work against each other: the board throne and the king's movement limitation, are removed, then we have the Sea Battle tafl 11x11, whose game balance has been measured to 107 defenders' wins per 100 attackers' wins.

The York Hnefatafl game balance was measured to 117 defenders' wins per 100 attackers' wins.

I wrote a post here:

Aage Nielsen - 09:36, 18/04/2017 - Dardell Games Hnefatafl

Will you give me a phonetic pronunciation of the game's name, please?

ian christie - 21:48, 17/04/2017 - The Viking Game

Thanks for your query, Paul! In that situation the white piece can safely come to rest between the two black pieces. Capture has to be an active move by the aggressor, so in this case one of the black pieces would have to move away and back again.

Damian Walker - 12:37, 14/04/2017 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl


I have simple question, my children are playing the game, and asked.

if a piece white (Not the king ) moves between two piece black, will the white piece captured.  or would the peices black have to attack from either side for white to be taken.


Paul Bollands

Paul Bollands - 12:10, 13/04/2017 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

oh WOW!!!  Thanks so much for the link.  That site was perfect and assisted me in creating a Alquerque board!

Donna - 16:10, 05/04/2017 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

This game is boring and no one should ever play it.

COWBOY - 15:12, 04/04/2017 - Hnefatafl's Mysterious Origins

love it!!

COWBOY - 15:11, 04/04/2017 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

I love this game it is actuaully reallly this article to.

COWBOY - 15:10, 04/04/2017 - Hnefatafl's Mysterious Origins