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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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9
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
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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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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
Owned
Janne Koivisto
Finland
Tampere
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8.5
Jul 2015
This could eventually even challenge Chess as my go-to two-player game: fun, intense, easy to grasp but takes long to master. Also has seen a few pop culture references, such as Pratchett's Thud.

Owned by a friend.
2015-07-06
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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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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Christopher Brandon
United States
Lynnwood
Washington
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8
Dec 2006*
have made my own board the mega size one and have two versions of pieces. One using unique chess pawns and king. A second using GW LOTR rohan men versus 48 orcs-sort of a help Theoden eascape from helm's deep.
2006-12-10*
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Csaba Kota
Hungary
Budapest
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8
Nov 2007*
This kind of like chess. And I like chess. So I got for myself this exotic game.
2009-12-26
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Brian Kooshian
United States
Michigan
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8
Dec 2008*
Handmade board for sale.
2007-12-07*
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Ryon Adams
United States
Texas
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8
Dec 2007*
A neat little abstract strategy game. I guess I like it for the simple reason that I've always been lousy at Chess, but seem to do pretty well with this, regardless of whether I'm playing the attackers or defenders. I have two versions, each with slightly different boards, and a slightly different number of pieces. But the rules and object of both versions are essentially the same.
2007-12-28*
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Bill Herbst
United States
Sayville
New York
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8
Aug 2008*
Brilliant asymmetrical abstract game. I have played this in the "Tablut" version on boardspace.net and have also tried it live I enjoy the breakout vs. enclosure dynamic and (unlike some abstracts) the goals seem to me to be evident though hard to achieve. I am not sure which ruleset yields the best gameplay though.
2011-11-10
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Martin Smith
New Zealand
Wellington
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8
Sep 2009*
A great little game. I have the 'The Viking Game' version by History Craft Ltd, so I love the gorgeous little moulded plastic pieces, and the themed-look cloth board. [A treat to look at and handle.] But I also really like the fact that you have to play the 2 sides differently - one side has less pieces and their goal is to have the King escape, the other side has more pieces and they have to block escape routes (and surround the King if possible). You can capture pieces by sandwiching (or surrounding) them, but capturing is no good for its own sake - you should only do so when it is part of the relevant strategy. [Otherwise you might take a piece or two, only to lose the game in a move or two!]. Very simple to learn and quite quick to play, but the different objectives and strategies allow variety and interest. A little like Chess in terms of moves, but much less complicated than Chess can become, and, to my mind, it is more interesting and atmospheric. I love it. [My wife doesn't though. But then again, I dislike Chess ...]
2009-09-20
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Patrick Davis
United States
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Sep 2009*
My rating went up recently when I started to play again. I look forward to getting better at this game.
2009-09-01
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stephen skipp
United States
Pennsylvania
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8
Nov 2008*
Love this game! Assuming you have a big enough board and enough pieces, it's easy to scale down to a quick skirmish (Tablut), and scale up to a huge war (Alea Evangelii).

I see the rule variations as a method of handicapping: the weak player can pose a real challenge if allowed to play the defenders using an armed king, who must be surrounded on four sides, and needs only to reach the edge to win.
2008-11-25*
Robert Crossett
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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8
May 2009*
Had to have this one - I love almost everything Viking themed. Bought it from NorseAmerica.com - love the cloth board and the pieces. Great intro piece for new gamers - the idea of one side starting out with a major advantage always gets people thinking outside of the Monopoly/GameofLife box.
2012-08-26
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ged waldock
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Mar 2009*
An interesting and challenging 2 player game
2009-03-19
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Eric Foldenauer
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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8
Oct 2010
After one play, Mya and I were sufficiently entertained. The difference in power between the aggressor and the King is fun. We want to play some more. The rules are simple enough that about anyone could pick it up right away. Seemingly a good game to have on hand, 'for emergencies.'
2010-10-03
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Antti Tahvanainen
Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa
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8
Sep 2010
Nice abstract game. Not as deep as chess or go, but beats checkers. Asymmetric players work nicely, and even feel balanced.
2010-09-23
Cornelius T. Pepper
United States
Asheville
North Carolina
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8
Mar 2011
Excellent abstract strategy game, also has a very cool Norse and Viking "theme", my copy has outstanding components, so I'm definitely always up for a quick game or two of this.
2011-03-06
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David Dolzan
Slovenia
Komenda
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8
Jun 2011
A very deep, asymmetric two player abstract. The Nestorgames edition also looks very nice.
2011-06-19
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mikael peterson
United States
San Jose
CA
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8
Sep 2013
Really interesting asymmetric game. Currently popular with my co-workers.

I'm not sure I'd like it as much if I didn't have the Past Times edition. The pieces look great.
2014-04-19
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Alpheratz Is Not In Perseus
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Jan 2013
My version of this game is called The Viking Game, it has the cloth board and the (wonderful!) crushed-stone-and-resin pieces that are shown in some of the pictures posted by others.

A very charming ancient game, I enjoy it just as much as chess, although I have not played as black (attackers) yet.

I only wish I had a drinking horn and some mead when I play!
2012-12-17
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Neil Henning
United States
Nutley
New Jersey
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8
Mar 2014
A great little game. I'm a fan. Played twice and the game is easy to learn but difficult to master.
2014-03-02
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Margus Paananen
Finland
Joensuu
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8
Nov 2014
A suprisingly deep game, it is a recontruction of the possible rules as no definitive historical rules have remained.
2015-01-08
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Axel Antonio
Sweden
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Aug 2015
Alga's version. Very interesting game. We are still trying to find a balance between the vikings and the landed armies.
2015-08-28
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Ernst Something
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Aug 2015
"Viking chess"

Asymmetric Viking chess, sound cool right? I'm not sure if this game is balanced. When both players are beginners, white will have the upper hand. For advanced players, black seems to have an advantage. Maybe it's balanced for really good players, who knows? It's a good game to play instead of chess or checkers and even though the rules are quite simple, there is a lot of strategic depth.
2015-08-25
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Martin Donat
Germany
Aachen
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7.7
Jul 2013
nice variant
2011-10-01
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Joey J
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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7.5
Jan 2010
Easy to get hooked. Very different and challenging!
2010-01-23
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Sander Sijssens
Belgium
Kapellen
Antwerpen
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7.5
Oct 2011
print & play version
2011-10-04
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Magnús Halldór Pálsson
Iceland
Kópavogur
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7.5
Mar 2014
One of my favorite abstract games. I love how ancient it feels, but it's a shame no one really knows exactly how the vikings played it originally.

I haven't played it for a long while, but hopefully it'll find it self on the table more often in the future.
2014-04-16
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