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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They cannot move into a space occupied by any piece, friendly or hostile. All pieces move horizontally or vertically over any number of empty squares, except the king, who can only move up to three squares. 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.

It also includes what I believe is the strongest A. Notify of replies Yes No. Drabant in row 2, square one. A king and a small force of defenders occupy the centre of the board. Once captured, a piece is removed from the board. Its peculiarities are the shieldwall capture where pieces along the edge can be captured by depriving them of breathing space, like go stonesand a rule declaring the king’s cause lost when all of his forces are surrounded. Thanks for your enquiry, Jacob. The king cannot assist in capturing opposition pieces.

The attackers win if they capture the king. How to move pieces: All pieces including the king can move horizontally or vertically any number of spaces like a chess rook. There are minor variations on these rules, as the game was spread across northern Europe in an age before the printing and mass communication necessary for international standardisation. A larger force of attackers, twice as numerous as the defenders, occupy positions around the edge of the board.


You only capture pieces when you surround an enemy piece on that turn. The king wins the game if he reaches one of the corner squares. According to the version you play on the site, certain rules apply. 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 image below shows how white captures 2 black rooks by playing h11 to h8. The defenders can hnefatavl just like the attackers do.

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. Thanks for your question, Heidi. An enemy piece can move between two of your pieces and not be captured.

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The King can be captured by three enemy warriors on one of the squares next to the central square throne. Apologies for missing your comment earlier, Mike. The king may be surrounded, but he has a way out on the next move.

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. Thanks for your enquiry, Jan! Travis Fimmell is from a place near hnefatxfl were I grew up, and has his part nailed perfectly.

The hnegatafl squares can act as capturing pieces for either side, though. Except the size of the board 11x11the rules are the same as for Tablut.

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

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Other pieces may pass over the central square in the course of their move, as long as they do not land there. The attackers white are whoever the Vikings were fighting at the time! For Black to win, the king must be surrounded on hneaftafl 4 sides. No piece can move diagonally, and no piece except the king can move onto or through the throne square.


If you want to follow me, then I’ll start with a look at the variety of boards the game has hnfeatafl played on. Rkles five marked squares in the centre and corners of the board are special, and only the king may land on them. In most versions of hnefatafl a piece cannot be pinned against the edge of the board. The king may re-enter the throne square. There’s no agreed standard yet.

If it is a piece that can be captured by surrounding it on two sides, then two enemies are still able to capture it, by moving to either side of it along the edge of the board. How to hnefataffl pieces: 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 on the throne.

Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

The capturing move must be a flanking move to a square at the edge of the board. It was probably derived from a Roman game with similiar rules and was later adopted by the Saxons. In that situation the white piece can safely come to rest between the two black pieces.

Nhefatafl yet developed to play these games. All other pieces may move across the throne if unoccupied without stopping on it. Each community developed its own “house rules”, and used a board and pieces appropriate to the materials they had to hand.