Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Basic 25-piece Hnefatafl Game

Basic 25-piece Hnefatafl Game
Basic 25-piece Hnefatafl Game
Price: £11.95+P&P. Out of stock. Order:

This item has been discontinued.
For a similar product please see Hnefatafl from Gothic Green Oak. Or you may instead want to browse other products in The Hnefatafl Shop.

This smart little hnefatafl game is the perfect one to take on the road with you. It's light and takes up little space in a bag, and it looks good too. Set out on a table in a cafe or bar, it will attract the attention of onlookers, especially those who've never seen hnefatafl before. And it's an inexpensive way to play some of the best hnefatafl games: tablut, tawlbwrdd and sea battle tafl.

The board is made of birch plywood and measures 8 inches square (200mm). The pattern is burnt into the wood using the pokerwork technique, and is kept neat and simple: just the central square and the four corners are marked, allowing a number of different hnefatafl games to be played without undue confusion. Three-quarter-inch squares (19mm) are used.

The pieces are of glass: a jet black king, eight blood-red defenders and sixteen icy white attackers are supplied. These slide along the glassy surface of the board, which has been coated with lacquer. A drawstring bag is supplied to hold the pieces.

The 8-page booklet supplied with the game contains the rules for three different versions of hnefatafl: tablut, tawlbwrdd and sea battle tafl. It also contains a brief history of the game, and points the player to sources of further information.

The game comes with the after-sales service you expect from The Hnefatafl Shop. Before and after the sale, you'll find here a passion for the game: strategic tips and alternative rules for the board on the web site, and a readiness to answer any questions about history, rules and strategy that you may have.

This game is hand-made in a rustic style. Please do not expect machine-made precision; there may therefore be minor blemishes in the work. Not suitable for young children due to small pieces.


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