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by Hagbard
Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 37
Views: 25068

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

Quite right, I imagine it as perhaps a small merchant ship carry something of value, defended by a fleet of war ships. Seen from that point of view, it does make a lot of sense! There were a number of types of ships, some were war ships (long, slim, fast, full of warriors), others were cargo ships ...
by Hagbard
Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 37
Views: 25068

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

It would be interesting to try out Adam's idea of naval rachunek tafl, where the king represents an unarmed capital ship, and the "throne" is just an ordinary square, with no special features (apart from the fact that the "king" just happens to start on that square). Yeh, I'm ready to help test thi...
by Hagbard
Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 71
Views: 31107

Re: proposal for an international hnefatafl society

Would be very helpful to have a ethymological analysis of the word The Wikipedia article on Tafl games has in its notes: 6. Helmfrid 2005, p.1, discusses this etymology, elements of which are confirmed by Zoëga 1910, "hnefa"/"-tafl"/"hnefi". 7. Murray 1951, p.60, says "hnefi (meaning doubtful, but ...
by Hagbard
Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 39
Views: 18778

Re: Comparison between real time and correspond. game forma

Roderich wrote:However, it was an excellent idea to add the correspondence game format to your site, I really appreciate that!
You are the first user to try out the new feature in a real game!
by Hagbard
Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 71
Views: 31107

Re: proposal for an international hnefatafl society

In Germany the most "popular" variant is hnefatafl for sure. In Denmark I know that by 1993 the game was called hnefatafl. But in recent years the museum shops changed the name on their boxes to "Nefatavl". I suspect they invented this new, more ordinary spelling more to favour their sales in the s...
by Hagbard
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 14800

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

But we persist because it is precisely this asymmetry which makes the Tafl family of games so intriguing. Asymmetry & balance is a complicated feature of the tafl game. With chess, two extremely inexperienced players and two extremely experienced players can use exactly the same board, pieces and r...
by Hagbard
Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Re: Berserk Hnefatafl
Replies: 10
Views: 11682

Re: Berserk Hnefatafl

A new Hnefatafl variant:
Berserk Hnefatafl.
by Hagbard
Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 39
Views: 18778

Re: Comparison between real time and correspond. game formats

I've now been a member of two correspondence game format sites for 21 days. Even when constantly having 15-20 ongoing games on each site and drawing quickly every time at my turn, for both sites in total only 22 games were completed in these 21 days, about one completed game per day. To that the off...
by Hagbard
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 14800

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: 37
Views: 25068

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...