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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Thanks for your query, Paul! Player yet developed to play these games. If the board position is repeated three times, the player in control of the situation must find another move. hnefatqfl

A row of pieces at the edge of the board may be captured by completely surrounding them against hnefaafl board edge, so that none of them have room to move. Later, exchanges of pieces are safer for white who initially outnumbers black 2: Black’s goal is to move the king to one of the 4 edges version 1 and 2 or to one of the 4 dark corner squares version 3. Notify of replies Yes No.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Its peculiarities are the shieldwall capture where pieces along the edge can be captured by depriving them of breathing space, like go stonesand a rule declaring the king’s cause lost when all of his forces are surrounded.

The attackers also win if they surround hnefatfl of the kings forces, so that none can reach the board edges. Hi, I haev a sert of this and teh rules I got with it say that to capture the king, you have to surroudn it on 4 sides, rather than the usual 2, but i hnefafafl this massively unbalances the game in favour of the defenders. Other pieces may pass over the central square in the course of their move, as long as they do not land there. A black warrior may be captured by being caught between a white warrior and the throne square, or hnrfatafl a white warrior and a corner square.


The board is an 11 by 11 grid, the centre square of which is the throne. Some versions of the game say that the king himself can’t capture attackers, so it’s best to check the rulesheet for the particular version you’re playing. The five marked squares in the centre and corners of the board are special, and only the king may land on them. So in the situation you describe, the Muscovite when it moves into the second square on the first row would be vulnerable to capture by any enemy that can subsequently move up to the third square on that first row.

I fell in love with Vikings from the start, and with hneftafl research, very impressed by the factual basis behind the characters altered for dramatical reasons. No pieces can move onto the center square. Only the king may stand on the central throne and the corner squares. Drabant in row 2, square one.

Rules of the game hnefatafl

hnefataf Online tournaments often use the Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules on an 11×11 board, though Tawlbwrdd is also popular. I personally favour edge escape rules, as documented by Linnaeus.

Brandub is used on the 7×7. This is the “shield wall” capture.


The size of the set doesn’t really make a difference, it’s the rule set that you play by that affects the difficulty. The king may re-enter the throne square. An enemy rook can be captured by surrounding it on either side hmefatafl two of your pieces In version 1the king cannot participate in captures, in version 2, and 3, the king can capture if he’s the moving piece.

They cannot move into a space occupied by any piece, friendly or hostile. The king may also be captured by surrounding him on three sides, if the fourth side is the marked central square. Then, a white warrior on the square next to the throne, with the king behind him, cannot be captured by a single black warrior.

S5 and the board game: Hi, im curious of whether or not you have a digital copy of the main rules in downloadable format. In version 3, the king can be captured by 3 pieces only, if he’s standing on an edge In version 2, the king is captured like a ‘simple’ rook. Tablut is popular on the 9×9 board.

No piece can move diagonally, and no piece except the king can move onto or through the throne square. For White to win, the king must reach a corner not the board edge.