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by Adam
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 29
Views: 7022

About the draw concept

Well done to conanlibrarian for figuring out a situation where the attackers are forcing a draw. I've been turning that one over in my head for some time without luck, but feeling sure it was possible! My conclusion though was that such situations would be so absurdly unlikely as not to be worth con...
by Adam
Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 19915

Re: Saami Tablut

This rule is interesting, and I have not seen any satisfying translation before. I think it is a rule for match play, or other extended sessions. What this tells us is that in a match (or a money game) the winner will play the Swedes in the next game. I think this shows that the players knew that t...
by Adam
Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 13378

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

thats exactly the sort of thing. Its still daft, but its a bit like when police cars box in a speeding motorist on a motorway. They could just shoot the driver, but they box them in and then decelerate them to a stop. Hmmm, JUST like a viking sea battle. (the last sentence was sarcastic).
by Adam
Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 13378

Sea Battle Tafl

Hagbard wrote:If the capital ship is a chieftain's ship, it's also the most powerful ship in the fleet.
Quite right, I imagine it as perhaps a small merchant ship carry something of value, defended by a fleet of war ships. The idea of an any type of defenseless ship in viking times is probably absurd though.
by Adam
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 38
Views: 10289

Re: Comparison between real time and correspond. game forma

As I mentioned in another post, I have been long absent from the online gaming site, as I have been immersed in the 9x9 rachuneck tafl on two correspondence sites brainking and dragonsheels. Several good things have come of this. One, is that dragonsheels is now offering Fetlar rules thanks to crust...
by Adam
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 43
Views: 11596

Re: proposal for an international hnefatafl society

Agreed, lets stick with Hnefatafl. The reason I flagged it up was 1: its often written hnefetafl online, and I wanted to sort that one out. 2. Norwegians that I introduce the game to have a real problem with the H. And it always gets in the way of explaining the game, which struck me as odd as its a...
by Adam
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 29
Views: 7022

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

what about the passing of the throne Greeting Roderich! Nice to hear you are back. It seems to me that all rule adjustments are essentially about dialing in king strength. A throne square blocking black pieces for example would certainly add frustration to that sides attempts in king blocking. If i...
by Adam
Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 13378

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

This result is remarkably close to the statistics from our Fetlar tournament. It struck me how close it is to the rachunek figures. We have more draws as one might expect, but not overly high considering how much attention we have focused on the draw forts. Meanwhile I'm getting the hang of the rac...
by Adam
Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 13378

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

regarding draw positions, I stand by my view that draw positions are an interesting upshot of the rules and board set up. I find the perpetual check threat in rachunek 9x9 problematic, though it seems in practice that even half decent players go for the win, and any kings side weak enough to want to...
by Adam
Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 7898

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

we should look at all the Fetlar stats, not just tournament, excluding the few draw fort tests, as the brainking stats must include inexperienced players games.

Just to be fair and above board.