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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Hi, im curious of whether or not you have a digital copy of the main rules in downloadable format.

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All can be found through the search feature on this site. Thanks for your query, Simon! If the same move or sequence of moves is repeated three times, the game is a draw by repetition.

Tawlbwrdd and Sea Battle Tafl are the easiest to learn, and both can be played well on boards from 9×9 to 13x There’s no agreed standard yet. If the piece needs four pieces to surround it like the king in Copenhagen or Fetlar Hnefatafl then it cannot be captured against the edge of the board – it must be forced to move away from the edge to capture it.

However, you may safely riles a piece between two enemy pieces. Besides, the hnefxtafl cannot move on the 4 corners. Surrounding the king gives immediate victory to the attackers.

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Perpetual repetition is illegal. All pieces move horizontally or vertically over any number of empty squares, except the king, who can only move up to three squares. All pieces including the king can move horizontally or vertically hnnefatafl number of spaces like a chess rook. Notify of replies Yes No. The defenders black are the Vikings, trying to get their king to the safety of the perimeter squares.


Hnefatafl “the king game” is an ancient boardgame played by the Vikings to pass the time on their ocean voyages. An enemy piece can move between two of your pieces and not be captured. 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 shieldwall capture in this game prevents pieces from sticking together in an invincible formation at the edge of unefatafl board. Thanks for your enquiry, Jan! The king cannot assist in capturing opposition pieces.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

The game is one of pure strategy, played on a square board. Other pieces may pass over the central square in the course of their move, as long as they do not land there. Notify of replies Yes No.

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.

You only capture pieces when you surround an enemy piece on that turn. The king wins the game if he reaches one of the corner squares. 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.

Version 2 and 3: Only the king may stand on the central throne and the corner squares. 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 ruules.

No piece can move diagonally, and no piece except the king can move onto or through the throne square. Except the size of the board 11x11the rules are the same as for Tablut. 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. An enemy rook can be captured by surrounding it on either side between 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.

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In the same place as the “Rules Leaflets” link, there’s a “Print-and-play Downloads” link too, with PDF game sets that also include the rules. You can find them both on the Hnefatafl Variants page see the link in the sidebar.

If you want to make your own set, to use hnefatafl as an historical reenactment activity, or to hold a tournament, then you would benefit from a deeper understanding of the rules and variations. 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.

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.

In most versions of hnefatafl a piece cannot be pinned against the edge of the board.

Travis Fimmell is from a place near hnefatacl were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly. Thanks for your question, Heidi. In most rule sets where a king must reach a corner to win, no other piece can enter a corner square. According to the version you play on the site, certain rules apply.

The king may also be captured by surrounding him on three hnefataafl, if the fourth side is the marked central square. How to capture pieces: