Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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Hi, I am interested in the Hnefatafl game, but it looks a bit complicated to me. What is the difference between this and the Viking-Game?. And what is the best book for me to get that is easy to understand?. The more I look at the different games and sizes of boards, the more confused I become. I am sure there is an easy way round this, So I do hope you can help me. Thank you for your time.

Steve.

steve - 08:57, 06/04/2015

Thanks for your enquiry, Steve.

All of these games are very similar to The Viking Game; the differences between hnefatafl games aren't that great. The 37-piece game is the closest match as The Viking Game has the same number of pieces. Currently out of stock, but I'm making some more at the moment so it shouldn't be out of stock for long!

Damian Walker - 08:59, 06/04/2015

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

I recently purchased Damian Walker's book, Reconstructing Hnefatafl.  I now see another book by him, An Introduction to Hnefatafl - is there signifcant additional information in this book not included in Reconstructing Hnefatafl?

Winston Johnson - 17:53, 11/12/2018

Thanks for your enquiry, Winston! Reconstructing Hnefatafl has more about the process of putting together an authentic and playable game. It goes further into detail about the historical sources and how they were interpreted to reconstruct the game.

It's an older book than An Introduction to Hnefatafl, so some of the conclusions differ between the books. If you're wanting to research the game rather than just play it, I recommend Reconstructing on the basis that it gives full references to its sources.

Damian Walker - 05:07, 21/12/2018

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