Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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In Tablut: The King Must Escape I can see one way in 3 moves IF the opponent makes a mistake. 

White A4-A5 (cap A6)

b E3-E4 (cap F4)... oops!

w King D4-A4

B cannot block

w King A4-A1

However this can be blocked if: 

White A4-A5 (cap A6)

B C7-C4... and then I couldn't work it out from there.

My Brandub: Escape in 3 was the same as a previous...

w B7-E7

Black can't do anything useful for the next 2 moves as w King F6-F7 and then F7-G7 out.

Rhiannon - 00:50, 31/05/2018 - Hnefatafl Puzzles

Brandub: Escape in Three

I have a solution in 4 moves I think:

w: F6-B6 (caps B5)

b: can't block C7 nor capture anything

w: B7-C7

b: can't block B7 nor capture anything

w: B6-B7

b: looks at the board, horrified

w: B7-A7 WINS!

I would love to hear your solution in 3 moves!?

Adriaan - 02:32, 27/05/2018 - Hnefatafl Puzzles

Tablut: the King Must Escape

I would love to hear if this is the solution you have in mind:

w: D4-B4

b: must block B9 with a piece from line 6, 7, 8 or 9 

w: A4-A5

b: cannot block A4 nor capture the king

w: B4-A4 WINS!

Adriaan - 02:06, 27/05/2018 - Hnefatafl Puzzles

Brandub: Escape in Three

I was thinking:




But black could do D1-F1 and F1-F7 without getting captured right?

Pieces only get captured by a move of the opponent, not by their own move?

Adriaan - 01:57, 27/05/2018 - Hnefatafl Puzzles

No existe vinculación con el go, juego asiático, con un tablero semejante?

Enrique velazquez - 04:12, 19/05/2018 - Reconstructing Alea Evangelii

I just made my own board and peices. Love this game i must say my board came out pretty well.

Makayla Rodriguez - 07:39, 01/05/2018 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

Thanks for this Mad Dash Studio, I'm glad the site has been useful! What style of board and pieces did you go for in the end?

Damian Walker - 14:45, 18/04/2018 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Thanks for this query, Ann! The version you're looking for is tawlbwrdd; you should find your way to a few pages about it through this site's Search box. The version I put together over a decade ago, from the sources I had then, is the one that produces a nice balanced game with the fewest rules.

Some more recent pictures I've seen suggest that the game may well be more similar to tablut, but I'll need to go on a trip to Wales, to the National Library in Aberystwyth, to find out the details - or wait for the library to digitise the book I'm interested in.

Damian Walker - 14:43, 18/04/2018 - Four Schools of Hnefatafl

I'm a sculptor, and was recently commissioned to make the pieces for a cutome hnefatafl set. I've really enjoyed researching the project - it's amazing how many tafl artifact pieces have been discovered - and undoubtedly countless more have been found and gone unclassified as game pieces! I deeply appreciate yhour contributions on this subject - they've been very helpful to me!

Mad Dash Studio - 04:20, 16/04/2018 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

I used it for a project!!!!!

Aniya stinson - 13:33, 11/04/2018 - Rules for Ludus Latrunculorum

I have a game called BreakAway from the Hi-Q collection made by IDEAL.  It is 9x9 with 16 white pieces and 8 blue. Got it at a thrift store and it has no rules.  In researching the game I found many names and rules.  One resource (which didn't offer any source) suggested that the Welsh version is the simplest and best one for beginners.  Do you have any info about this version?  I'd like to start with it.  

Ann Muzzey - 01:58, 11/04/2018 - Four Schools of Hnefatafl

Sadly Marco I've not seen any magnetic tafl games to sell! I'll keep an eye out for them, though, or for the tools and materials to make them economically.

Damian Walker - 16:17, 07/04/2018 - Hnefatafl Games On Sale