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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S5 and the board game: How to capture pieces: Scenario is King in first row, third square up and muscovite in first row second square. Other pieces may pass over the central square in the course of their move, as long as they do not land there.

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.

The Copenhagen rules were formulated at http: No piece can move diagonally, and no piece except the king can move onto or through the throne square.

Captures are done by flanking the opposition piece with two of your own – note that multiple captures are possible. 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. A piece other than the king is captured when it is caught between two enemies along a row or column.

The shieldwall capture in this game prevents hneaftafl from sticking together hnefagafl an invincible formation at the edge of the board. It was probably rulee from a Roman game with similiar rules and was later adopted by the Saxons.


Thanks for your enquiry, Jacob. A king hnefatwfl a small force of defenders occupy the centre of hnefxtafl board.

Drabant in row 2, square one. During the early stages, white cannot to lose too many pieces or else the king could slip hnefqtafl the gap created. A piece other than the king may also be captured by surrounding it between and enemy and one of the marked empty squares.

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. 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.

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I personally favour edge escape rules, as documented by Linnaeus. It’s not “check” as such; hefatafl the king is surrounded he’s considered to be captured. Thanks for your question, Heidi. The king may re-enter the throne square.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Travis Fimmell is from a place near to were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly. Apologies for missing your hnefatfal earlier, Mike. For White to win, the king must reach a corner not the board edge. Hi, im curious of whether or not you have a digital copy of the main rules in downloadable format. All pieces including the king can move horizontally or vertically any number of spaces henfatafl a chess rook.

Perpetual repetition is illegal. The attackers win if they capture the king.

Hnefatafl “the king game” is an ancient boardgame played by the Vikings to pass the time on their ocean voyages. The Black player has the first move. You only capture pieces when you surround an enemy piece on that turn.


If you want to follow me, then I’ll start with a look at the variety of boards the game hnefatafp been played on. 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.

In version 3, the king can be captured by 3 pieces only, if he’s standing on an edge In version 2, the king is captured like a ‘simple’ rook. The defenders black are the Vikings, trying to get their king to hnefataf safety of the perimeter squares.

Surrounding the king gives immediate victory to the attackers. Black should try to keep white off-balance by switching the directions his king is trying to escape in. No pieces can move onto the center square.

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In most versions of hnefatafl a piece cannot be pinned against the edge of the board. Then, a white hnevatafl on the square next to the throne, with the king behind him, cannot be captured by a single black warrior.

The attackers white are whoever the Vikings were fighting at the time!

Notify of replies Yes No. The attackers also win if they surround all of the kings forces, so that none can reach the board hneffatafl. All can be found through the search feature on this site.

My research and development in particular shows that these rules in their purest form provide an exceptionally strategic and well balanced game. The corner squares can act as capturing pieces for either side, though.