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by Hagbard
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 5374

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: 36
Views: 7824

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: 11027

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: 494

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: 5374

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 ...
by Hagbard
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 35
Views: 4056

Re: Internationally agreed 11x11 tournament rules - poll

crust wrote:The vikings put the rudder (steerboard) on the right hand side of the ship because they were mostly right-handed
I appreciate that the vikings would choose to normalize to the board quadrant in the rudder steerboard side!
The A1-quadrant is just the mathematician's way -
by Hagbard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 35
Views: 4056

Re: Internationally agreed 11x11 tournament rules - poll

Very interesting list of openings, Roderich created. For identifying and analysing different opening moves and responses to these, would it be an idea to "normalize" the moves to the first quadrant of the board (a1-a6-f6-f1) ? As a hnefatafl board is eight-fold symmetric, fx. the opening moves d1-d3...
by Hagbard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 5374

Re: Fetlar Hnefatafl

there is the potential in a tournament for white to refuse to enter into battle at all with the pictured monstrosity I like to call 'The Skulking King'. What about white wins: 1-0 black wins: 0-1 draw: 0-0 If the weakest player in a ten player tournament decides to cheat, using "The skulking King",...
by Hagbard
Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 5374

Re: Internationally agreed 11x11 tournament rules - poll

Beadle wrote: The win:4 Draw:1 Lose:0 system sounds good, but perhaps excessive. Rather than a win counting for 4 points, I might set it at 3 points. I might not have any direct experience, but the math makes more sense to me that way, at least. We still want the draw option to have some value. Com...
by Hagbard
Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: General rules
Replies: 32
Views: 9805

A comment about testing of rules

There is in Lejre in Denmark a "Centre for Historical-Archaeological Research and Communication". Here archaeologists do live experiments like fx. building iron age houses as authentically as possible, families live iron age lives in the houses, and one day a house is burned down and left in ruins f...