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by Hagbard
Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 71
Views: 37237

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: 17028

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: 13100

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: 21407

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: 17028

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: 28214

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: 37
Views: 28214

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: 37
Views: 28214

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: 53
Views: 36552

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: 29
Views: 18326

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...