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Refskak DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Board, Hunt


Refskak is a hunt game played in Iceland. One player, with twelve lambs, attempts to block the opponent, who plays as a fox, who tries to kill the lambs.


Cross-shaped board, made of four 3x3 intersecting lines with diagonals. One player plays as the fox, which begins on the central space of the board. The other player plays as the lambs, who start in the spaces of one arm of the cross and the line of seven spots in front of that arm. Players alternate turns moving their pieces along the lines. The fox may capture one lamb by hopping over it in a straight line to an empty space on the opposite side of it. The fox wins by capturing seven lambs, the lambs win by blocking the fox so it cannot move.

Arnarson, J and O. Daviðsson 1888-1892: 298-300.



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Fiske 1905: 154-156; Murray 1951: 101-103.

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Arnarson, J and O. Daviðsson. 1888-1892. Islenzkar Gatur, Skemantir, Vikivakar og Þulur. Copenhagen: S. L. Möllers.

Fiske, W. 1905. Chess in Iceland and in Icelandic Literature with Historical Notes on other Table-Games. Florence: The Florentine Typographical Society.

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

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