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by conanlibrarian
Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle 5
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Puzzles

A possible solution starts with the king going D4B4, and the next defender move being D5A5. But there is another solution (i think) starting with defender D5I5, followed up by king D4D5 (noting that the king is safe there due to being next to the throne.) Yes, it seems very hard to design water tigh...
by conanlibrarian
Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Tawlbwrdd 11x11
Replies: 21
Views: 6495

Re: 13x13 Tafl

Yes, trying Tablut 11x11 with a cross shaped starting layout would be interesting! Perhaps time for a new tournament? ;) Regarding historical rules before Tablut, there is just so much that we do not know. For all we know, perhaps the pieces originally moved only a single square per turn, and the lo...
by conanlibrarian
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: General rules
Replies: 29
Views: 8175

Re: 13x13 Tafl

For larger boards, the Tablut (latest translations) rules do not seem well balanced. Check the tournament "Skalk Hnefatafl edge 11x11 (2013-11-09)"; the top four players in total only lost two games as black! I have some speculations on how to extend the rules of Tablut to a larger board: I suspect ...
by conanlibrarian
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14254

Re: Saami Tablut

Thanks for summarizing the current emerging consensus on the Tablut rules, Aage! I think it is great that we are reaching an understanding on how Tablut was historically played, and that this is actually an interesting, and fairly balanced game. Regarding my modest contributions, I actually have no ...
by conanlibrarian
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14254

Re: Balanced 9x9 and 11x11 tafl variants

Thanks for your comment Nath! I look forward to hearing what you think of the 9x9 rules, especially the Skalk edge variant.
by conanlibrarian
Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14254

Passive capture?

Since there is an emerging consensus on the rules of Tablut as described by Linnaeus, it would be interesting to try to clear up the last remaining questions. Apart from minor issues, like who goes first, and if the king can reenter the throne, there is one point that hasn't seen much discussion: Is...
by conanlibrarian
Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Tawlbwrdd 11x11
Replies: 21
Views: 6495

Re: Hnefatafl Article at National Library of Wales

Thanks, that was interesting to read! A pity though that there were no direct translations of the quoted old Welsh text, I guess the author assumed anyone interested would know the language. Looking at page 190, I see that the author describe the attacking pieces as white, based on the translated la...
by conanlibrarian
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 21044

: Balanced 9x9 and 11x11 tafl variants

I think nath's sugestion for a repetition rule is good and easy to judge. If we want to allow for the rare case where black is the active part in the repetition, I suggest the following rules: If the overall board position is repeated three times, the king's side must find an alternative move to bre...
by conanlibrarian
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14254

Re: Saami Tablut

The king capture rule would suggest that no ancient form of hnefatafl had a 4-square capture rule anywhere but in the central square. My bid is that the Lapp Tablut described by Linné is the same as Skalk Hnefatafl Edge 9x9 . Yes, it seems that we are approaching a consensus that two-sided king cap...
by conanlibrarian
Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: My old home town!
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

My old home town!

I was in Karlskoga this summer, and I took the opportunity to check out the public Hnefatafl board. The game is right in the center of the town, and any one can borrow the game pieces for free in the Tourist Information, right next to the game board. So if anyone visits Karlskoga, just ask in the to...