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by conanlibrarian
Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20883

Re: To draw of not to draw...where is the option?

There is also a third option that can be considered - i.e. that the player that can not move have to pass, and the turn go back to the other player again. But in the end, I think a loss for the immobilized player, as in Skalk, is the best option, since it shortens an already decided game. In the sam...
by conanlibrarian
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Other
Topic: My old home town!
Replies: 2
Views: 1329

Re: My old home town!

Looking on the "guestbook" of this site for the first time ever, and what do I find: A public Hnefatafl board in the city center of my old home town!

http://nwt.se/karlskoga/article964831.ece

Article is in Swedish, but nice image with the city councilor (mayor) playing the game.
by conanlibrarian
Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14228

Re: Balanced 9x9 and 11x11 tafl variants

I suggest we try a test tournament in "Scandinavian Museum 9x9 Edge" in a couple of weeks? No comments on this yet. I would find that very interesting - but I don't want to be the guy that causes weird tournaments with less popular rule-sets. :) What do other people think, would this version to be ...
by conanlibrarian
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Tawlbwrdd 11x11
Replies: 21
Views: 6450

Re: Tawlbwrdd 11x11

Perhaps a rule change could improve it? 'What's about changing the starting formation of black? I think this is an interesting idea. For 11x11 there is no historically documented starting position (as far as I know), except for the cryptic statement from ap Ifan: "... a king in the centre and twelv...
by conanlibrarian
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14228

Re: Saami Tablut

Very interesting comments everyone! I think we all can agree that the tournament proved at least one thing: In "Scandinavian Museum 11x11 Edge" black is the stronger side (but by how much could still be discussed). This is interesting in itself, since previously white was assumed by some to be stron...
by conanlibrarian
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20883

Re: Balanced 9x9 and 11x11 tafl variants

Seems like that. Question is if rules forbidding draws should be included? Since there were not many draws, perhaps this is not a problem, but I have the feeling that people simply did not go for a draw even if they had the chance, instead mostly playing as if draws were not possible. The rules as t...
by conanlibrarian
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: Help
Topic: Best Set of Basic Rules?
Replies: 4
Views: 1102

Re: Teaching beginners Hnefatafl

I agree with Arne, the rules of Tafl games are so simple that it is better to start with the rules you are actually interested in playing and simply start playing. I find the Java applet at tafl.cyningstan.org.uk good for getting familiar with the basics of a particular rule variant.
by conanlibrarian
Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14228

Re: About the draw concept

I think that "Scand. museums Hnefatafl edge 11x11", and indeed any edge Tafl version, should forbid repetitions and draws completely. Draws are probably needed in corner Tafl, to stop the attackers from blocking all corners too easily, but in edge Tafl there is no such reason for having them, and al...
by conanlibrarian
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Colors
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

Re: Colors

Has anyone got a clue where the colors come from? Here's one example: in the 1990's the Swedish company "Expo Media" created a Hnefatafl game for the PC with this board I think the game was used for museums and history exhibitions in Sweden, and it was also on the internet for many years until abou...
by conanlibrarian
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14228

Re: Saami Tablut

I found, "Iter Lapponicum", the primary source for the Linnaeus rules online (at archive.org) some time ago, I'll post it here in case someone else wants to have a look. It is interesting looking at this book in general if you can read Swedish, since it gives a feeling for what he describes, and how...