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by Hagbard
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 21195

Re: About the draw concept

I have had a number of cracking games cut short over on dragonsheels. I've adjusted my play to work harder at preventing draws, but the point is that if black plays a strong opening game white scurries back into his hole without making a serious attempt at escaping. This leads to black having to ov...
by Hagbard
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 4982

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

(20 Aug 2011) Hi Adam, here's a first contribution from me. I've analized 54 shetland-fetlar-games from Aage's Homepage (including the tournament games) to find out if this variant is well balanced. Result: The shetland variant is indeed surprisingly well-balanced. We've got 39% wins for black, 17%...
by Hagbard
Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 4315

Re: About the draw concept

In my opinion the draw-fort is an intriguing phase of the 11x11 Hnefatafl game; this goes for the Fetlar variant and also for the Scandinavian Museums game where the draw-forts option is even more needed, as the king's side is very weak in this variant. Also in my opinion it's important to keep the ...
by Hagbard
Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14366

Re: Saami Tablut

Strictly speaking, I'd call the yourturnmyturn variant "Tafl" and not "Tablut", because yourturnmyturn is not seriously based on the Linnaeus diary. Linnaeus gives two clear examples of winning moves which are both non-winning in the yourturnmyturn. Likewise I'd call the Rachunek variant used on Bra...
by Hagbard
Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14366

Re: Saami Tablut

Am I right in thinking that we now have three playable tafl forms all claiming to be the correct interpretation of Linnaeus? - Four! There's also the Ashton interpretation. Not implemented as live play yet, but can be played against the computer from this page: http://aagenielsen.dk/tablut_online.h...
by Hagbard
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14366

Re: Saami Tablut

the problem with Ashton's article is that he mixes the translation with the interpretation of the rules. To be fair, Ashton originally wrote a very thorugh article 18 pages long with all intermediate calculations included. But The Heroic Age magazine forced him to shorten it down heavily. It seems ...
by Hagbard
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14366

Re: Saami Tablut

Adam wrote:
conanlibrarian wrote:If anyone has access to the original latin text, please post it up a for conanlibrarian.
There was a discussion on Brainking in 2005 on the matter; this note should give the full Latin text:
http://brainking.com/dk/Board?bc=18&ngi=259250
- I just discovered that conanlibrarian has it also.
by Hagbard
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9388

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

crust wrote:Maybe Aage could one day program this version...?
- Did anyone ever try the Sea Battle Tafl? It's on the games list.
by Hagbard
Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Berserk Hnefatafl
Replies: 10
Views: 4610

Re: Berserk Hnefatafl

I would love it if the historic sources would have given us one knight on BOTH flanks The historic source on this is the set of Hnefatafl game pieces in the Bergen Museum (Foto: Bergen Museum) : http://aagenielsen.dk/bergenmuseum.gif When you take a close look at the defenders, you'll discover one ...
by Hagbard
Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9388

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

The Sea Battle Tafl is implemented: identical to Rachunek 9x9 except for the center square not being special, and the attackers begin like in Fetlar.