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Brandub (Brannumh, Brannaib, Brandubh)DLP Game   

Period Medieval, Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Board, War, Custodial


Brandub is a game from medieval Ireland that is mentioned in several Irish texts. These documents seem to outline an asymmetrical game with a special piece in the center, similar to other tafl games such as Tablut. It is uncertain what the size of the board was, or what form the pieces took.


King piece. Four defenders with the king. King starts in the central space, with one defender on each side.

These rules were taken from the Historical Information ruleset.

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Nielsen Suggested by A. Nielsen.

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Historical Information Rules known from DLP evidence.



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Murray 1951: 35.

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MacWhite, E. 1945. "Early Irish Board Games." Eigse: A Journal of Irish Studies. 5(1): 25–35.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.




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