Imperial Contest Leaflet
Size 119kb, downloads 1890.
Imperial Contest was the first commercial version of hnefatafl, appearing in 1855. Adapted from tablut, Imperial Contest was set in the Crimean War, setting the Russian emperor and his forces against a coalition of allies. The rules were copied by an American manufacturer in 1863, who released the game as Freedom's Contest, set in the American Civil War.
The emperor in this game wins on reaching the edge of the board. He cannot capture enemies, and needs to be surrounded on four sides to be beaten. So far this is identical to Sea Battle Tafl, but there are two more differences: the emperor here is limited to a move of four squares distance at most, and when two or more pieces are simultaneously surrounded, only one can be captured.
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