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by Hagbard
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 4978

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

It's a strange thing, if you think about it. We have chosen one of the very few board games which features complete asymmetry, both in the aims of the two players, and in the size of their forces. Then we spend the whole time trying to find the most evenly balanced variation! Well, of course an unb...
by Hagbard
Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9386

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

This tafl variant turned out to go further back than the dragonheelslair site in Marseille, France, which was set up February 2011. The same variant is used since 2002 on the brainking site, which was set up in the Czech Republic by Filip Rachunek. Since Rachunek appears to have formed the variant b...
by Hagbard
Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9386

Origin of the Rachunek tafl game

According to Murray the king is armed, and Bell does not write that the king is weaponless. Both Murray and Bell writes that the king can reenter the throne. And Linnaeus has Muscovite base camps forbidden to the Swedes and the king, and the king armed. The following to clarify. I'll here describe ...
by Hagbard
Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9386

Re: Marseille rules

The "Marseille" rules have in real been in use at least since 2002 on brainking, which is a Czech site. I wonder how they came up with precisely those rules? According to Murray the king is armed, and Bell does not write that the king is weaponless. Both Murray and Bell writes that the king can reen...
by Hagbard
Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14335

Re: Saami Tablut

Concerning the works of Linnaeus, Murray and Bell and their treatment of the Lappish tafl game Tablut, it is thoroughly dealt with in John C. Ashton's article in the magazine The Heroic Age, 2010. Ashton may go one bridge too far with the conclusions about the predecessor Hnefatafl, but the analysis...
by Hagbard
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 4304

Fetlar Hnefatafl

May 11th 2010 crust emailed me an explanation of the draw concept in the Hnefatafl Fetlar rules, which I'd like to share on the forum: ... white may as well try to break out and seize control of a corner, and then go for a draw if that fails, and black manages to complete the encirclement. The inter...
by Hagbard
Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 31
Views: 6097

Re: Marseille rules

I will now try and get players from all sites to "cross-play". Thanks, good initiative! I wonder about the correspondence format - can't it sometimes be perceived an inconvenient way of playing a game? A tough game will in my experience typically take around 80 moves. With 3 days per correspondence...
by Hagbard
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9386

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

The Marseille rules are the rules shown in HnefataflModern's demo videos . This variant has a number of small rule changes: - 9x9 board - unarmed king who wins on any edge square - no special corner squares - throne square is not hostile to anybody, and the king cannot return to the throne - no spec...
by Hagbard
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle 1
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: Puzzles

Here is my bid. Position 1: f4 and h6 can be captured. Hereafter no more whites are exposed, provided that the king remains on the throne. White uses f7 to make its compulsory moves. Position 2: The same as before, but f7 is missing so that white cannot do its compulsory moves without destroying the...
by Hagbard
Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 4304

Re: Internationally agreed 11x11 tournament rules - poll

Some considerations in support of details in the Fetlar rules as tournament rules: Board size 11x11. An analysis of the latest ten games on the 9x9 board between experienced players (king wins on board edge) gives on the average 31 moves and an average game length 23 minutes (6 white wins, 4 black ...