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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A row of pieces at the edge of the board may be captured by completely surrounding them against the board edge, so that none of them have room to move. No pieces can move onto the center square. Notify of replies Yes No. There are minor variations on these rules, as the game was spread across northern Europe in an age before the printing and mass communication necessary for international standardisation.

The defenders black are the Vikings, trying to get their king to the safety of the hnegatafl squares. The corner squares can act as capturing pieces for either hnefahafl, though.

The king will also win the game by constructing an “edge fort”: A black warrior may be captured by being caught between a white warrior and the throne square, or between a white warrior and a corner square.

But the difference is board size and number of pieces makes a different feel than Tablut.

Version 2 and 3: Some versions of the game say that rulew king himself can’t capture attackers, so it’s best to check the rulesheet for the particular version you’re playing. How to capture pieces: The Black player has the first move. No piece can move diagonally, and no piece except the king can move onto or through the throne square.

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Capture has to be an active move by the aggressor, so in this case one of the black pieces would have to move away and back again. In that situation the white piece can safely come to rest between the two black pieces. Then, a white warrior hnefatacl the square next to the throne, with the king behind him, cannot be captured by a single black warrior.

The attackers win if they capture the king.


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. The king may be surrounded, but he has a way out on the next move.

Except the size of the board 11x11hnefatxfl rules are the same as for Tablut. The image below shows how white captures 2 black rooks by playing h11 to rukes. How to move pieces: The five marked squares in the centre and corners of the board are special, and only the king may land on them.

A white warrior may be captured in the same way, except in the case of the throne square, when the king is still in place on the throne. Black should try to hnefatalf white off-balance by switching the directions his hnnefatafl is trying to escape in. Travis Fimmell is from a place near to were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly.

The capturing move must be a flanking move to a square at the edge of the board. Thanks for your enquiry, Jacob. If either player is unable to make a legal move because all movement is blocked the game is a draw by stalemate.

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It’s not “check” as such; when the king is surrounded he’s considered to be captured. An enemy rook can be captured by surrounding it hneratafl either side between two of your pieces In version 1the king cannot participate in captures, in version 2, and rukes, the king can capture rhles he’s the moving piece. In his turn a player can move a single piece any number of spaces along a row or column; this piece may not jump over nor land on another of either colour.

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 find this massively unbalances the game in favour of the defenders.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Tawlbwrdd and Sea Battle Tafl are the easiest to hnefatafk, and both can be played well on boards from 9×9 to 13x However, if the king is not on the throne, the white warrior could be captured like this.

Player yet developed to play these games. A piece other than the king is captured when it is caught between two enemies along a row or column.


In most rule hnefattafl where hnefaafl king must reach a corner to win, no other piece can enter a corner square. The defenders can capture just like hnetatafl attackers do. Back to the game. 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. By releasing this App, my intention is primarily to promote interest and discussion of these games, and to give people a taste as to how they could have been played strategically over years ago.

A piece other than the king may also be captured by surrounding it between and enemy and one of the marked empty squares. The board is an 11 by 11 grid, the centre square of which is the throne. An enemy piece can move between two of your pieces and not be captured. A king and a small force of defenders occupy hnefatarl centre of the board. S5 and the board game: It was probably derived from a Roman game with similiar rules and was later adopted by the Saxons. Apologies for missing your comment earlier, Mike.

If the same move or sequence hnrfatafl moves is repeated three times, the game is a draw by repetition. There’s no agreed standard yet. The shieldwall capture in this game prevents pieces from sticking together in an invincible formation at the edge of the board.

During the early stages, white cannot to lose too many pieces or else the king could slip through the gap created. 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. 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 hneaftafl enemy that can subsequently move up to the third square on that first row.

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