Hnefatafl. The Viking Game. The Fetlar Rules. For boards 11 squares by 11 squares. The Game. There are two sides. The attackers arranged in groups of 6 at. Dragonheel’s lair: Free online boardgames. Play hnefatafl online. Hnefatafl (“the king game”) is an ancient boardgame played by the Vikings to It was probably derived from a Roman game with similiar rules and was later.

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All other pieces may move across the throne if unoccupied without stopping on it. If you click on the “Rules Leaflets” link on the “Related Pages” sidebar of this page to the right on desktop screens, or at the foot of the page on Mobilesyou’ll see a range of downloadable PDF leaflets for different versions of the game. Hi, im curious of whether or not you have a digital copy of the main rules in downloadable format.

Note that most attempts to storm the centre are easily defeated by black.

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Only one piece can be captured in a given direction because your pieces must be on the two squares immediately next to the enemy piecebut you can capture in multiple directions at once theoretically, up to 4 pieces at once.

An enemy piece can move between two of your pieces and not be captured.

They cannot move into a space occupied by hnefaatafl piece, friendly or hostile. Black should try to keep white off-balance by switching the directions his king is trying to escape in.

Later, exchanges of pieces are safer for white who initially outnumbers black 2: It also includes what I believe is the strongest A. The pieces move orthogonally, like rooks in chess, and capture is by surrounding a piece on two opposite sides.

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Apologies for missing your comment earlier, Mike. The king may re-enter the throne square.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Only the king may stand on the central throne and the corner squares. A row of pieces at the edge hneefatafl the board may be captured by completely surrounding them against the board edge, so that none of them have room to move.

Rjles it is a piece that can be captured by surrounding it on two sides, then two enemies are still able to capture it, by moving to either side of it along the edge of the board. The attackers win if they capture the king. During the early stages, white cannot to lose too many pieces or else the hnefatqfl could slip through the gap created. Brandub is used on the 7×7. In most versions of hnefatafl a piece cannot be pinned against the edge of the board.

A piece other than the king is captured when it is caught between two enemies along a row or column. All pieces including the king can move horizontally or vertically any number of spaces like a chess rook. Version 2 and 3: Tablut is popular on the 9×9 board. In version 1 and 3, white’s goal is to capture the king, surrounding him from all four sides and capture him. Thanks for your enquiry, Jan! ruoes

Captures are done by flanking the opposition piece with two of your own – note that multiple captures are possible. All pieces move horizontally or vertically over any number of hnecatafl squares, except the king, who can only move up to three squares. But the difference is board size and number of pieces makes a different feel than Tablut. Capture has hnefafafl be an active move by the aggressor, so in this case one of the black pieces would have to move away and back again.

Travis Fimmell is from a place near to were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly. The capture of the hnefattafl is slightly different, in that he must be surrounded on all four sides by white pieces – or when his only escape is to the throne square.


All can be found through the search feature on this site. Thanks for your query, Paul! Drabant in row 2, square one. The defenders black are the Vikings, trying to get their king to the safety of the perimeter squares. However, you may safely move a piece between two enemy pieces. The defenders can capture just like the attackers do.

You only capture pieces when you surround an enemy piece on that turn. The Copenhagen ruless were formulated at http: If the board position is repeated three times, the player in control of the situation must find another move.

Thanks for your query, Simon! The king may be fules, but he has a way out on the next move. The corner squares can act as capturing pieces for either side, though.

Thanks for your question, Heidi. The attackers white are whoever the Vikings were fighting at the time! For Black to win, the king must be surrounded on all 4 sides. The extra rule 10 where the attackers win by surrounding all of the defending pieces without capturing the king addresses the drawish nature of large corner games, where the king sets himself up in an invincible fort.

If the same move or sequence of moves is repeated three times, the game is a draw by repetition.

In most rule sets where a king must reach a corner to win, no other piece can enter a corner square.