Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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Hello Aage! Yes, I plan to put all the matches of the tournament onto a separate page here. You're welcome to reproduce them as and when they appear. I'll put the semi-final on today, and the main rounds over the coming week or two.

Damian Walker - 16:51, 20/06/2017 - Hull's First Hnefatafl Tournament Has a Winner!

Will more recordings of tournament games be published?

I show them with the Replay function on my site too, if it is ok?

Fine exhibition of tafl games in the photos!

Aage Nielsen - 12:55, 20/06/2017 - Hull's First Hnefatafl Tournament Has a Winner!

Hello Aage, thanks for asking. I'll be taking my camera and tripod, so there'll be photos. I'll be making a video of the final match too, if the camera battery lasts that long.

Damian Walker - 11:34, 16/06/2017 - Hnefatafl Tournament All Set to Go

Will there be some photos from the day?

Aage Nielsen - 11:32, 16/06/2017 - Hnefatafl Tournament All Set to Go

Thanks for your question, Heidi. In most rule sets where a king must reach a corner to win, no other piece can enter a corner square. The corner squares can act as capturing pieces for either side, though. So in the situation you describe, the Muscovite when it moves into the second square on the first row would be vulnerable to capture by any enemy that can subsequently move up to the third square on that first row.

Damian Walker - 18:50, 04/06/2017 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

Can a drabant occupy the exit square in order to execute a capture? 

Scenario is King in first row, third square up and muscovite in first row second square. Drabant in row 2, square one. 

Heidi - 02:41, 02/06/2017 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

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