Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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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

I've occasionally used forks and had them used against me. Most of the times I've used them, they've been an opportunity I've seized a move or so ahead, rather than something I've planned for.

I don't know how often towers are used; I think I added that section after they were discussed on another web site. I've seen them used most often by a desperate defending side protecting the king, as in the lowest example on the diagram.

Damian Walker - 17:16, 29/03/2017 - Short-term Tactics for Both Sides

Thanks for your comments, Boulderman. The C5-C8 move probably would be the best. I think I missed that when I constructed the example some years ago; I keep meaning to alter the diagram slightly to eliminate the obvious best move.

There are some rule sets where white has lost in the "Forcing a Draw" diagram, though not all rule sets have it.

11x11 is the most popular board size today, but there isn't really a standard in hnefatafl like there is in chess. I used 9x9 as the smallest board that gives me room to illustrate these examples, though it's also the size of my preferred hnefatafl game, tablut.

Damian Walker - 17:13, 29/03/2017 - Defending the King and Aiding His Escape