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Hnefatafl (Tafl)
Ruleset: Fetlar


See the game Hnefatafl for more details.


Suggested reconstruction from 2007 Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel.


Fetlar Hnefatafl was reconstructed by a panel convened in 2007 at Fetlar, Scotland. It takes inspiration from the rules of the game Tablut.


Played on an 11x11 board. The defending side comprises twelve soldiers and a king, who start the game in a cross formation in the center of the board.
Their objective is for the king to escape by reaching any of the four corner squares.
The attackers comprise 24 soldiers positioned in four groups of 6 around the perimeter of the board.
The King piece is the only piece that can occupy the central and the four corner squares.
All pieces move orthogonally any number of spaces, and pieces are taken by custodial capture (surrounding an enemy piece on either side with two of a player's pieces). The king piece must be captured by surrounding it on all four sides.


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Other Rulesets

Suggested rulesets
Copenhagen Suggested rules by A. Nielsen, A. Bartley and T. Millar in 2012.



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