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, I haev a sert of this and teh rules I got with it say that to capture the king, you have hneftaafl surroudn it on 4 sides, rather than the usual 2, but i find this massively unbalances the game in favour of the defenders. It was probably derived from a Roman game with similiar rules and was later adopted by the Saxons.

The Copenhagen rules were formulated at http: 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. The king wins the game if he reaches one of the corner squares.

Version 2 and 3: The attackers white are whoever the Vikings were fighting at hnegatafl time! Each community developed its own “house rules”, and used a board and pieces appropriate to the materials they had to hand. The attackers win if they capture the king. If you want to follow me, then I’ll start with a look at the variety of boards the game has hhnefatafl played on. You only capture pieces when you surround an enemy piece on that turn. If the board hnefatafo is repeated three times, the player in control of the situation must find another move.

The size of the set doesn’t really make a difference, it’s the rule set that you play by that affects the difficulty. A white warrior may be captured in the same hnefatagl, except in the case of the throne square, when the king is still in place on the throne.

The defenders black are the Vikings, trying to get their king to the safety of the perimeter squares. The capturing move must be a flanking move to a square at the edge of the board.


Only the king may stand hmefatafl the central throne and the corner squares. Capture has to be an active move by the aggressor, so in this case one of the black pieces would have to move away and back again. It also includes what I believe is the strongest A.

If the same move or sequence of moves is repeated three times, the game is a draw by repetition. The board is an 11 by 11 grid, the hneaftafl square of which is the throne. It’s not “check” as such; hnefahafl the king is surrounded he’s considered to be captured. Black’s goal is to rulez the king to one of the 4 edges version 1 and 2 or to one of hnefatadl 4 dark corner squares version 3. Brandub is used on the 7×7. According to the version you play on the site, certain rules apply.

The shieldwall capture in this game prevents pieces from sticking together in an invincible formation at the edge of the board. 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.

A Rule Book for Hnefatafl | Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

A larger force of attackers, twice as numerous as the defenders, occupy positions around the edge of the board. This is the “shield wall” capture. White should cover the exposed corners while gradually advancing on all sides.

Thanks for your ruled, Jan! Thanks for your enquiry, Jacob. Except the size of the board 11x11the rules are the same as for Tablut.

An enemy rook can be captured by surrounding it on either side between two of your pieces Rulfs version 1the king cannot participate in captures, in version 2, and 3, the king can capture if he’s the moving piece. A number of different boards have been found in Viking burial mounds and there was some variations in the rules as well. During the early stages, white cannot to lose too many pieces or else the king could slip through the gap created.

The five marked squares in the centre and corners of the board are special, rulrs only the king may land on them. Tablut is popular on the 9×9 board. You can find them both on the Hnefatafl Variants page see the ruless in the sidebar. A piece other than the king may also be captured by surrounding it between and enemy and one of the marked empty squares.


Thanks for your query, Simon! The Black player has the nhefatafl move. The attackers also win if they surround all of the kings forces, hnefatacl that none can reach the board edges.

Drabant in row 2, square one. By releasing this App, my intention is primarily to promote interest and discussion of these games, and to give people a taste as to how they could have been played strategically over years ago. No piece can move diagonally, and no piece except the king can move onto or through the throne square.

What do your rules say about taking the king? A piece other than the hnefatxfl is captured when it is caught between two enemies along a row or column.

However, if the king is not on the throne, the white warrior could be captured like this.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

In most rule sets where a king must reach a corner to win, no other piece can enter a corner square. Other pieces may pass over the central square in the course of their move, as long as they do not land there. The capture of the king is slightly different, in that he must be surrounded on all four sides by white pieces – or when his only escape is to the throne square.

The King can be captured by three enemy warriors on one of the squares next to the central square throne.

Once captured, a piece is removed from the board. 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.

My research and development in particular shows that these rules in their purest form provide an exceptionally strategic and well balanced game.