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The Viking board game.
Tafl against humans.
Тавлеи против людей.

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World Tafl Federation on facebook.

Some events in Denmark July 2015.

The Saga Oseberg viking ship.

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July 2015 the magnificent replica of the Oseberg Viking Ship visited Roskilde on its first longer voyage from Norway, to do a week of sailing testing and experimenting in the Roskilde Fjord.

We took a photo series of this grand ship.

Newspaper photos series.

Video clip, the Oseberg ship departs from Skagen towards Roskilde.

Video clip of the Oseberg ship arrival to Roskilde.

A couple of notes about the Oseberg visit on the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum facebook.

Article about the ship's voyage.

Beautiful video clips about the Oseberg ship and this voyage.

There's a story to this ship:

The ship was built 820 in Norway, put in the burial mound in Tønsberg 834 and was found and excavated 1903-1905.

1987 a replica of the ship was built, which on its very first trial run sailed itself straight to the bottom of the sea after 20 seconds in water! Fortunately all crew survived. After that experience, many scientists were of the opinion that the ship was built for ceremonial use only, and not for real use at sea.

However, the original ship found in the mound did show very distinct traces of heavy use, so in 2004 a new project for reviewing the ship all over from scratch was started up with a Norwegian team from Tønsberg in collaboration with a Danish team from the Roskilde Viking Museum. Every piece of wood from the original find, and every piece of documentary note from the excavatation was restudied very carefully, and it turned out that grave errors had been done with the 1987 replica. Each and every centimeter and detail everywhere in the ship counts and can be crucial.

A new replica was built, this time extremely carefully, using viking tools only, and everything exactly as found in the original. Planks were even lashed together with baleens as they were in the original. And while they were at it, all carvings and ornamentations were done most accurately; even a Viking sailor's grafitti carving under a board, depicting a wolf, horses and a ship's bow, was done on the replica as found in the original.

2012 the new replica was launched, and this time certainly without sinking. This time it doesn't sail itself down the water but elegantly lifts its bow at some speed. July 2015 the ship went on its first longer voyage, to Roskilde, Denmark, for the scientists to do a week's testing and experimenting in the Roskilde Fjord with the ship and sailing techniques. In the first trial runs it appeared a bit heavy in the beat, but after 500 kg ballast was moved from the back to the middle of the ship, it beat up against the wind like a dream.

The captain told a visitor that they beat up to 65 degrees against the wind, and always at full speed. As the ship has no side drift keel, speed is what keeps the course against the wind.

This report tells about the Saga Oseberg project.

And a lecture about the project.

Nyborg Medieval Market.

Nyborg Medieval Market photos.

Trelleborg Viking Market.

Trelleborg Viking Market photos.

Land of Legends, Viking Market.

Land of Legends
Land of Legends photos.

Køge Medieval Market.

Køge Medieval Market photos.

Photo gallery.

Tønsberg Middelaldersfestival

Hnefatafl is also known by the names Nefatavl, The King's Table, The Viking Game, Viking Chess, Tablut or simply Tafl.
On the origin of Hnefatafl.
Comments on the Hnefatafl rules.

Links to more information on the Viking board game Hnefatafl.

Viking word of wisdom: The Hávamál.

Можно здесь играть в тавлеи и против компъютер и против людей. Можно использовать кириллицы.

Many thanks to Gary and Christa (Germany), Ludovic Antoine, Nikolas Lloyd, Sten Helmfrid, Olga Mudrichenko, Dmitrij Polovinkin, John C. Ashton, Tim Millar, Adam Barkley, Nicolas Cartier, Gregory Binns, Fabio Capello, Rene Gralla, Damian Walker and Olli Salmi for their contribution to this site. And not least the more than 500 players the world over who here played more than 9000 real tafl games humans against humans and thus created a vast, practical experience with this intriguing, historical board game.

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