Hnefatafl Applet Re-enabled
Monday, 3rd October 2016
Through some accident or other, the web site's applet was accidentally removed from the Play Hnefatafl Here page some time in the past. I've re-added it, so that people with certain systems and browsers will now be able to play again.
The applet allows you to play against the computer, choosing from a number of common variants or setting up your own preferred variant by tweaking the rules options given in the panel. You can also set the difficulty of the computer opponent, either by allowing it to look forward a set number of moves, or by giving it a certain amount of time to think.
It's still a bit awkward to use due to Java's security settings. You need to configure Java to allow the web site to load the applet. If this sounds complicated, the comments in the Play Hnefatafl Here page contain some helpful hints (find the one from Aleks Suchecki on 20/03/2014). The good news is, once you've changed the security settings you shouldn't have to do it again.
This still doesn't work in all browsers. I managed to get the applet to work again in Internet Explorer and in Firefox, but my otherwise preferred browser of Chrome doesn't run Java applets any more.