Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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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

sell magnetic tafl games?

Marco gandolfo - mmagari - 21:35, 05/04/2018 - Hnefatafl Games On Sale

Hello Lars!

Was the programme Secret Knowledge - The Art of the Vikings?  I took a look on the BBC Web site and that's the only likely programme I can see, but it says it was broadcast on 5th March.

There is a finds page on this web site: you can find it be looking for the link "Archaeological Finds" on the sidebar of the History page. It's not exchaustive, though, and only a few of the descriptions mentioned when the items were found.

[Edit] I've just noticed that the paper "In the Quest for Lost Gamers" by Oskar Spjuth (2012) cites your own, and it might be a good place to start. Let me know if Google doesn't bring up a useful link - I found it (again) by searching for your own name plus Linnaeus and Murray.

Damian Walker - 12:37, 21/03/2018 - Bibliography

Hello, in Janina Ramirez programme on BBC 4 today I seemed to see the pieces of  board game I happen to know. But she did not say anything about it. So I did a search and was astonished.

I wrote about the connection Murray-Linnaeus half a century ago, at that time ony ONE archaeologic find was known, from Birka, Sweden. Have more such finds been done since then?

Sincerely, Lars Berglund, Weil im Schonbuch, Germany

Lars Berglund - 21:02, 20/03/2018 - Bibliography

Please post some best stategies for winning as either defender or ender.

Bill Coveny - 18:25, 01/03/2018 - Tower Defence: a Tactic in Hnefatafl

I recently started playing this game and have come across a situation I was hoping to get clarification on  If there are 3 attacker pieces (A) diagonally accross the corner refuge (#), how could you possibly capture any of them?

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Brent - 22:31, 26/02/2018 - Capturing the Enemy


Where can I buy that beautiful Brandubh game please?

Thank you! 


Helene Cannard - 10:29, 23/02/2018 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings