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Damian Walker
United Kingdom
Hull
East Yorkshire
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10
Feb 2007*
This is my favourite game. The tantalising remains in archaeology and history, just short of what we need for a true reconstruction, add for me an air of mystery to the game. The variety of original variations, and the greater variety of good modern reconstructions, provide a wide range of strategic possibilities. There's much more to be researched on this game, so it's rewarding to the player and the scholar alike. I'm obsessed.
2007-02-15*
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Ryan Maesen
United States
Pacifica
California
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10
Oct 2007*
My girlfriend surprised me with this game not too long ago. It's a simple game to learn but incredibly difficult to master. It pre-dates chess. Created by the Vikings in around 400 bc, it's a fun strategy game that challenges your survival skills. I've had some amazing wars with my girlfriend and look forward to sharing this game with friends. This game defiantly needs to be experienced! Fight to kill the King by "sandwiching" your enemies, or switch sides and try to get your King off the battlefield to safety. Easily one of my new top 10 games!! Hnefatafl is also know as Talf, Kings Table, and The Viking Game. Check it out!! I think you'll love it!
2007-10-22*
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Moshe Callen
Israel
Jerusalem
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10
Mar 2014
See review.
2007-12-16*
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John Locke
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10
Nov 2011
Very advanced strategy is involved once you get the hang of it. The sides aren't balanced perfectly, but when played with the "fetlar" rule set, it's pretty darn close. The strategy for black (non-king side) is harder to realize at first, and this will be frustrating for many beginners. (But stick with it!)

This is my favorite board game ever.

The "best" set of rules in my opinion is the "Fetlar" rule set. (Google it) Smaller boards are more unbalanced and less fun. (Like the 7x7 and 9x9 variants) (IMO) 11x11 is the largest I've played. Maybe an even larger board is even better? I'll have to try 13x13 next.

I made my own board with plywood when I decided that I really liked the game.

It's really an awesome game. You just need to get into a mindset/strategy that's uncommon in most modern board games.
2011-12-02
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hvg3 akaek
Australia
sydney
NSW
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9
Dec 2004*
A great game! Looked for it for years before finally getting a copy of ebay.

Only problem is that it requires much more skill than games such as settlers. meaning: a settler vet and newbie can still have a fun game together. however, in The Viking Game, the newbie will be wiped...

which means I am lacking for people to play against!
2004-12-15*
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Simon Franks
United Kingdom
Torquay
Devon, England
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9
Feb 2005*
A True Classic
2005-02-21*
Don Bone
Australia
Wentworth Falls
NSW
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9
Sep 2005*
I own an Australian variant of this game which goes by the name "The Game Ned Kelly." This has some new rules that help to balance the original game.

One of the things that make this game interesting is that you have to watch all parts of the board all the time as a move on one part of the board can have a big impact on the situation on another part of the board.

I also enjoy the fact that you have to play the game quite differently depending on which side you are playing. There is quite a bit of hidden depth to the game.
2005-09-15*
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Massimiliano della Rovere
Italy
Pisa
Tuscany
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9
Nov 2005*
Hand made version in leather and glass
2005-11-05*
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Fred Barrett
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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9
Feb 2006*
Deep game. Up there with Go and Chess.
2006-02-22*
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Alex
Canada
Quebec
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Dec 2008*
I recently rediscovered this game and I fell in love with it. It takes a while to master and truly appreciate its complex strategy. Great depth of move, very similar to chess.
2008-12-05*
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Gary Woods
United Kingdom
Portsmouth
Hampshire
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9
Jan 2012
A great game.
2012-01-19
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Timmy
United States
Oregon
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9
Nov 2012
An old unique abstract with a cool play style
2012-11-09
Barba B.
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9
May 2012
Homemade version 11x11
2012-05-24
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Viluir Aerindael
Poland
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9
Jul 2013
Bardzo dobra na lapry!
2013-07-22
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Johan Davidsson
Sweden
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9
Dec 2013
Har ett eget hemgjort!
2013-12-09
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Bernard Hopkins
England
Durham/Darlington
Unspecified
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9
Jun 2014
An old, deep, asymetrical abstract. Ticks all my boxes.
2014-06-27
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Marcus Perry
United States
Kentucky
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Any Game. Any Time. Anywhere. Except Bunco
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8.9
Mar 2008*
A gem of a game. More a family of games rather than a single game. I like playing the 7x7 version as a quickplay abstract that is satisfyingly deep.
2008-03-22*
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Lasse Laegteskov
Denmark
Copenhagen
Denmark
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8.5
Jul 2004*
A fun 2-player abstract. I admire this game because of the different setup for the two players (attacker / defender)
2004-07-19*
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Nello Cozzolino
United Kingdom
London
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8.5
Nov 2010
Probably better a board of 11 x 11 squares..it makes easier for the attackers to get the vi-king.

Probably better a board of 13 x 13 squares..it makes easier for the king to reach the corner.



Played first time -> November 1975.
2010-11-21
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Samuel Shimota
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
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8.25
Feb 2014
Great abstract game. Feels timeless. Game pieces are unforgettable, and the strategy is subtle. This is also one of the very few asymmetrical abstract games out there, which is surprising, given its ancient origins.

I do recommend finding rules variations online, and playing enough to tweak your ruleset according to your tastes. It seems that many people are in disagreement over exactly how to play, and the rules that came with my set feature some questionable mechanics.
2014-02-06
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The Rascal
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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8
Jan 2003*
Hugely enjoyable game where, for once, the old "minute to learn, lifetime to master" adage is not inaccurate. The rules, as published in the popular History Craft version are certainly playable, but very biased towards the defending side. The best and most playable variation I have found is to restrict the king to a move of 3 squares, allow him to be captured in the same way as any other piece and to designate the escape squares and throne square as hostile i.e. a piece may be captured by sandwiching against one of these squares.
2003-01-01*
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Michael Knauer
United States
Norristown
Pennsylvania
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8
Apr 2006*
SCA: I love this family of games. My favorite is Fitchneal, played on a 7x7 board.
2006-04-05*
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Eric Clark
United States
Holyoke
Massachusetts
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8
Jul 2006*
A faster, lighter alternative to Chess. The attackers and defenders have different victory conditions and the latter is much easier to achieve, but I still enjoy the game on either side. Think of it as more of a puzzle in which the defenders, if played competently, are a "system" which the offensive player must beat.
2006-07-23*
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ronaldinho @boardspace.net
Taiwan
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Nov 2009*
A struggle, and definitely more interesting, to play as black. Very interested in improving my strategy as black.
2008-04-21*
Michelle Zentis
United States
Prague
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8
Oct 2006*
[The Game Ned Kelly] Rating based on one intense game. Nifty little abstract!
2006-10-30*
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