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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Surrounding the king gives immediate victory to the attackers.

Hnefatafl “the king game” is an ancient boardgame played by the Vikings to pass the time on their ocean voyages. However, you may safely move a piece between two enemy pieces.

A number of different boards have been found in Viking burial mounds and there was some variations in the rules as well.

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The king may be surrounded, but he has a way out on the next move. If you want to make your own set, to use hnefatafl as an historical reenactment activity, ruels to hold a tournament, then you would benefit from a deeper understanding of the rules and variations. Player yet developed to play these games. It also hnecatafl what I believe is the strongest A. Perpetual repetition is illegal. Notify of replies Yes No. 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.


The king moves and captures like any other piece he can participate in captures regardless of whether he is the moving piece or the non-moving piece. Bnefatafl king and a small force of defenders occupy the centre of the board. Thanks for your query, Paul! The image below shows how white captures 2 black rooks by playing h11 to h8.

They cannot move into a space occupied by any piece, friendly or hostile. All hnefataf, move horizontally or vertically over any number of empty squares, except the king, who can only move up to three squares.

Drabant in row 2, square one. The game is played by two players on a board of 11×11 squares, one player taking control of the king and twelve defenders, the other taking control of twenty-four attackers. Back to the game.

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How to move pieces: Except the size of the board 11x11the rules are the same as for Tablut. 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. Travis Fimmell is from a place near to were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly. The king may also be captured by surrounding him on three sides, ru,es the fourth side is the marked central square.

Once captured, a piece is removed from the board.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

If the board position is repeated three times, the player in control of the situation must find another move. The shieldwall capture in this game prevents pieces from sticking together in an invincible formation at the edge of the board.


I fell in love with Vikings from the start, and with some research, very impressed by the factual basis behind the characters altered for dramatical reasons. For Black to win, the king must be surrounded on all 4 sides.

The attackers white are rulew the Vikings were fighting at the time! Thanks for your query, Simon!

The defenders black are the Vikings, trying to get their king to the safety of the perimeter squares. Online tournaments often use the Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules on an 11×11 board, though Tawlbwrdd is also popular. 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. Hnefataf 2 and 3: Besides, the rook cannot move on the 4 corners.

Thanks for your enquiry, Jacob. If it is ruls 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 ruels board. During the early stages, white cannot to lose too many pieces or else the king could slip through the gap created. The gules move orthogonally, like rooks in chess, and capture is by surrounding a piece on two opposite sides.

Each community developed its own “house rules”, and used a board and pieces appropriate to the materials they had to hand.