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

Except the size of the board 11x11the rules are the same as for Tablut. But the difference is board size and number of pieces makes a different feel than Tablut. Black’s goal is to move the king to one of the 4 edges version 1 and 2 or to one of the 4 dark corner squares version 3. In version 1 and 3, white’s goal is to capture the king, surrounding him from all four sides and capture him.

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The second possibility is that black pieces surround the king from three sides and the hnefahafl square throne stands on the fourth side since nobody, including the king, can move to the throne.

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. How to rulrs pieces: All pieces including the king can move horizontally or vertically any number of spaces like a chess rook. They cannot move into a space occupied by any piece, friendly or hostile.

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According to the version you play on the site, certain rules apply. No pieces can move onto the center square.

Version 2 and 3: Nhefatafl, the rook cannot move on the 4 corners. How to capture pieces: An enemy rook can be captured by surrounding it on either side between two of your pieces In version 1the king cannot participate in captures, in version 2, and 3, the king can capture if he’s the moving piece.

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. An enemy piece can move between two of your pieces and not be captured. You only capture pieces when you surround an enemy piece on that turn.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

The image below shows how white captures 2 black rooks by playing h11 to h8. The Black player has the first move. For Black to win, hbefatafl king must be surrounded on all 4 sides.

For White to win, the king must reach a corner not the board edge. The king moves and captures like any other piece he can participate in captures regardless of whether he is the moving piece or the non-moving piece. The King can be captured by three enemy warriors on one of the squares next to the central square throne.


Only the king may stand on the central throne and the corner squares.

All other pieces may move across the throne if unoccupied without stopping on it. The king may re-enter the throne square. A black warrior may be captured by being caught between a white warrior and the throne square, or between a white warrior and a corner square. A white warrior may be captured in the same way, except in the case of the throne square, when the king is still in place hnefarafl the throne.

Then, a white warrior on the square next to the throne, with the king behind him, cannot be captured by a single black warrior.

However, if the king is not on the throne, the white warrior could be captured like this. If either player is unable to make a legal move because all movement is blocked rlues game is a draw by stalemate.

If the same move or sequence of moves is repeated three times, the game is a draw by repetition.

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