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Hnefatafl
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Cthulhu vs the Vikings
Fitchneal
The Game Ned Kelly
Hnefat'afl
Jogo dos Vikings
King's Table
Kongens bord
Linneo
Nefatavl
Tafl
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Hnefatafl, also known as The Viking Game, The King's Table or simply Tafl, is one of the rare breed of games with two unequal sides. The defending side comprises twelve soldiers and a king, who start the game in a cross formation in the center of the board. Their objective is for the king to escape by reaching any of the four corner squares. The attackers comprise 24 soldiers positioned in four groups of 6 around the perimeter of the board. All pieces move like the Rook in chess and pieces are taken by "sandwiching" i.e. moving your piece so that an opponent's piece is trapped horizontally or vertically between two of yours. There is a host of information on the Internet about Hnefatafl, including many rule variations that are worth experimenting with. The Hnefatafl set published in the UK by History Craft has beautiful imitation ebony and ivory pieces reminiscent of the famous Isle of Lewis chess men and the "board" is printed on woven textile, giving a nice medieval feel to the set.

A copy of the game was published in issue #128 of Dragon magazine, Dec 1987 (later republished as part of a boxed set: "The Best of Dragon Games" in 1990).

One of the oldest games in the world - traced in various versions to the Vikings, Welsh, Saxons, and Irish. The origins of this game can be traced through Petteia, played by the Romans, to the even older versions played by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.

Derivatives of Hnefatafl include Breakthru, Break Away, Tablut and Thud.

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Cthulhu vs the Vikings
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Sources and Methods Games Edition
Publisher: Sources and Methods Games
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Year: 2013
Size: 15.00 x 15.00 x 20.00 inches
0.25 pounds
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Release Date: Dec 23, 2013
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Artist: Nathan Morse
Year: 2011
Size: 7.90 x 2.00 x 2.00 inches
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In Best of Dragon Games boxed Set
Publisher: TSR
Artist: Dennis Kauth
Year: 1990
Product Code: 1051
Size: 11.30 x 9.10 x 1.25 inches
1.29 pounds
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5 Copenhagen Hnefatafl Print-and-play
King Harald is holding a feast for his nobles and his vassals in his hall. But little does he know of his vassals' treacherous intent! This is a setting for the game of Copenhagen Hnefatafl, a modern variant used in tournament play. The king must escape to a corner exit with the aid of his twelve defenders, while 24 attackers try to capture him. This is a colour print-and-play, though the instructions tell how a black and white printer can be used. The game prints onto standard A4 or US Letter sized paper and card, which can be laminated or glued to thicker backing card for durability.
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2014-12-06
5 Hnefatafl board I made in Photoshop
Distressed ink over wooden background
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2014-12-04
2 Coppergate Hnefatafl Print-and-play
A print-and-play file for Hnefatafl played on a 15x15 board, by Damian Walker. Designed for printing onto (several) A4/US Letter sheets of card or paper. Includes pieces.
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2014-07-03
2 Fetlar Hnefatafl print-and-play
A print-and-play file for the Fetlar version of hnefatafl, with rules paraphrased by Damian Walker. Designed for printing on A4/US Letter sheets of card or paper. Includes pieces.
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2014-07-03
9 The Viking Game Rules
Rules for Hnefatafl Changelog: -Different font used. Thanks to (Sunray11). "Don't forget to Thumb!"
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2014-05-11
18 Hnefatafl rules compiled and illustrated by Nathan Morse for NESTORGAMES
Hnefatafl rules compiled and illustrated by Nathan Morse for NESTORGAMES.
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2011-03-01
23 Hnefatafl, printable classic
This is a printable copy of an ancient Viking game called "Hnefatafl". Board on the first sheet, brief rules, variants, and viking tokens on the 2nd sheet.
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2010-12-23
1 EveryGame Hnefatafl
These are all of the files required to play Hnefatafl using EveryGame (available from the App Store for the Apple iPad and iPhone). Simply unzip the archive and copy the individual files onto your iPad to play, or edit them first to create your own modified version.
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2010-07-26
10 Pocketmod Rules for Hnefatafl and Tablut
Pocketmod rules for Hnefatafl and Tablut. Perfect to bring along your cloth board for playing outside or on the road. Includes initial set - ups. If you are unfamiliar with how to assemble your pocketmod, visit http://pocketmod.com.
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2010-01-06
10 Rules for a more balanced game
This documents proposes an enhanced set of rules which makes Hnefatafl a more evenly balanced game. Has been play-tested numerous times. Works well on both 11x11 and 13x13 boards.
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