Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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Hull's First Hnefatafl Tournament Has a Winner!

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17 Jun: The Hull Hnefatafl Tournament 2017 took place earlier today. With the hot weather, footfall in the museum was minimal, but the tournament managed to start with six participants. In addition to that, quite a good number of people wandered in to look at the games on display, and some to play casual games of hnefatafl. Six isn't a suitable number for a knockout tournament, so we had a Swiss-style tournament instead. Everyone played every round, and scores of ... (read more...)

Hnefatafl Tournament All Set to Go

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11 Jun: Preparations for Saturday's hnefatafl tournament in Hull are in their final stage. The tournament will take place at the Hull and East Riding Museum on Saturday 17th June, with registrations starting at 10am. Up to sixteen places are available, with the tournament itself to start at 11am. Those not taking part in the tournament are welcome to join in casual play, and there will be an exhibition of hnefatafl games too. The rules of the game are those ... (read more...)

Hnefatafl Tournament Gets City of Culture Listing

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17 Feb: The Hull Hnefatafl Tournament for this June has now been included on the official City of Culture web site. Taking its place among exhibitions, lectures and performances, the event is being brought to the attention of Hull residents and visitors looking for something interesting to do this June. The UK City of Culture celebrations occur once every four years, and Hull is the second city to win the title. Events are going on every day of the year, and ... (read more...)

New Date for English National Hnefatafl Championship

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13 Feb: This year the English National Hnefatafl Champsionships have moved both date and venue. The first four championships having been held in July or August at Sutton Hoo, the 2017 champsionship will now be held in April, at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. The format for the championship remains very similar. On Saturday 15th April, visitors will be taught to play hnefatafl by umpire Grandmaster Tim Millar. The champsionship itself will be held on Sunday 16th. As this is the ... (read more...)

The Viking Game is Back in Stock

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15 Jan: Stocks of The Viking Game have now arrived, so visitors to The Hnefatafl Shop can now pick up a copy here again. Supplies dried up just before Christmas, due to the suppliers having problems sourcing the canvas mats used for the boards. Despite The Hnefatafl Shop increasing its stock over Christmas, we still managed to run out. Hopefully the arrival of this latest batch of stock means that History Craft's mat sourcing problems are over and that ... (read more...)

Hnefatafl in Spanish

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12 Nov: A new project has started to translate much of the material from the web site into Spanish. The first page has recently been published, and there will be more to follow. Jose de Jesus Deloya Martinez from Fundación Deportes Mentales contacted me earlier this week to ask permission to create Spanish translations of the material on the web site. This will help to promote the game in Spanish-speaking countries, such as Columbia where Jose is based. The first ... (read more...)

Hnefatafl Applet Re-enabled

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3 Oct: 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 ... (read more...)

Leaflet for Hull Hnefatafl Tournament

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3 Sep: A leaflet has been produced to advertise next year's hnefatafl tournament in Hull, England.  The  Hull Hnefatafl Tournament 2017 Leaflet  includes a full set of rules for  Tablut , the version of hnefatafl that will feature in the tournament, as well as information and contact details about the tournament itself. Designed to be printed on both sides of an A4 or US Letter sheet of paper, the leaflet can then be folded into four pages of A5. Anyone ... (read more...)

On-line World Tournament About to Start

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27 Aug: The  World Tafl Federation Tournament 2016 will be starting on 1st September.  Players have a few more days to sign up to the tournament, as admissions are closed at the end of August. The tournament takes place on Aage Nielsen's Hnefatafl web site and looks to involve more than twenty players from across the world. The tournament will be held in two stages, each using a different rule set.  This reflects the large number of variants of the ... (read more...)

Hnefatafl Features on Bulgarian Television

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21 Aug: Last month, Hnefatafl was featured in a television report on Bulgarian channel BNT2. The report covered Lachezar Panchev from Kyustendil, who came across the game by chance and has been promoting it in this southeastern corner of Europe. Panchev has started a club for the game, named after the Norse god Odin.  "It's a mental game... and also a war game", he said in the report. "I have not heard of a similar club in Bulgaria." The full report ... (read more...)

An update on the Scottish Game

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20 Aug: A couple of months have passed since the latest attempt to reconstruct hnefatafl how it might have been played in Scotland.  Many boards found in the Scottish islands and around the coast of the mainland had seven rows of seven playing spaces, but in contrast to the Irish brandub game, had no special corner squares.  The task of finding a playable game for these boards has long been a challenge. Players on Aage Nielsen's hnefatafl site  have continued ... (read more...)

Play Tafl Online: a New Site for On-line Play

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7 Aug: A new hnefatafl on-line play site is now available for players to join.  It's simply called  Play Tafl Online , and it has recently begun to appear in Google searches, so I'm assuming that means it's "open for business". The site features a number of variants, both historical and modern.  So players can challenge each other to  Tablut ,  Brandub ,  Copenhagen Hnefatafl  and a whole host of other versions of the game.  Players can choose to limit turn ... (read more...)

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