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by crust
Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 43
Views: 8254

Re: World Tafl Federation

I propose "Tafl emk orr at efla" as a motto for our society. (meaning tafl I am swift to play ) at the beginning Earl Ragnvald Kali's listing of the skills of a Norse nobleman. I'm not totally sure if this Earl Ragnvald Kali is the same person as Ragnvald Kale Kolsson also known as St. Ronald of Ork...
by crust
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: 13x13 Tafl
Replies: 19
Views: 4016

Re: 13x13 Tafl

the reason for the scattered initial ordering perhaps could be to reduce the game length? This way part of the opening game is skipped. That's probably right. And very necessary to prevent the opening game being too tedious. The larger boards dissipate the game's "energy"... like trench warfare whe...
by crust
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: 13x13 Tafl
Replies: 19
Views: 4016

Re: 13x13 Tafl

http://youtu.be/2ywietPiN4w Alternative starting position for 13 x 13 tafl. Same number of pieces: 32 attackers (here coloured WHITE) and 16 defenders plus king. In this arrangement, there are NO open files at all, and the attackers already have control of the third ranks - I would suggest this giv...
by crust
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 21030

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

We have Hnefatafl players very well informed in quantum physics here! I learned it all from Richard P. Feynschmecker and his excellent books Six Easy Pieces and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynschmecker we are searching for a watertight set of rules worthy of an international tournament level game, a...
by crust
Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 21030

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

Thanks Hagbard, now I know what the German for "connoisseur" is. There is no English word for it, we use the french one. I am a hnefatafl feinschmecker, and I would definitely note the lack! Copenhagen rules should be enough to punish barbaric behaviour on the hnefatafl board, such as uncouth draw-s...
by crust
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 21030

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

Thanks Hagbard for your interesting research. You're right, we're not quite there yet.... I got this position in 5 moves: double monstrosity.JPG You could call it a "double monstrosity" as it is just two monstrosities back-to-back. The proposed rule that the King must leave the throne and may not re...
by crust
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 4956

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

That's brilliant - we may (occasionally) have our concerns over draws etc, but on the subject of balance , I think Fetlar has passed the test with flying colours. I'll take the liberty if you don't mind of forwarding your post to Peter Kelly. Thanks Hagbard for your work on this, and Roderich too. O...
by crust
Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 4284

About the draw concept

Thanks Hagbard and conanlibrarian for your interesting responses! Conanlibrarian's rules would get rid of draws and draw forts altogether - I think that would be too drastic. After all, draw forts are fascinating in their own right, and make hnefatafl (fetlar version) into a real siege game. When bo...
by crust
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 21030

Re: Fetlar Hnefatafl

Greetings all! This post is about draws in fetlar hnefatafl. It repeats some things already discussed - apologies for that. Just summarizing my thoughts on the subject. Thanks to Chuck Ward for setting me off again. Basically, white can in fact create a draw position in 2 moves, and there seems litt...
by crust
Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Saami Tablut
Replies: 50
Views: 14252

Re: Saami Tablut

Okay - I have just come across a fifth. That's right, folks, Linnaeus version 5. It's escape to the corner, with an unarmed king, and hostile corners, throne and board edge. Here is the link: http://www.yourturnmyturn.com/rules/tablut.php Thanks to "matematician" on Dragonheelslair who directed me t...