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by cyningstan
Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Colors
Replies: 4
Views: 1791

Re: Colors

I also checked Bell (Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations, 1979) and it talks about "eight blonde Swedes and their monarch; the other has sixteen dark Muscovites." (p. 78), and it uses black and white circles in the examples, for Muscovites and Swedes, respectively. It would be interesting...
by cyningstan
Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Tawlbwrdd 11x11
Replies: 21
Views: 6429

National Library of Wales

Hello! For ten years I've been looking for the article by F. R. Lewis cited by Murray and all sorts of other people. When my back was turned, the National Library of Wales has put it on-line. It has turned out to be quite informative, and contains a diagram of the tawlbwrdd taken from that drawn by ...
by cyningstan
Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: History
Replies: 12
Views: 3101

Re: Berserk Hnefatafl

One could wonder how chess can have a lady on the battlefield. I read somewhere that once upon a time the chess game had four players and four armies. Then at some point the armies were merged into two armies and two players; this should be why the officers are doubled into pairs. But as one side c...
by cyningstan
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: General rules
Replies: 29
Views: 8113

Re: 13x13 Tafl

By the way, does anyone have a link or file of the oxford ms 122 manuscript with the alea evangelii text translated? The image is covered in enigmatic notation. Would love to read the text. http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=c ... ript=ms122 I feel a bit cheeky resurrecting such an old thread, e...
by cyningstan
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: David Brown Hnefatafl
Replies: 4
Views: 2087

Re: David Brown Hnefatafl

This is gold. We've been searching for this jigsaw piece of Hnefatafl history. This was the result of a long-term watch on eBay, which I really ought to resume. There have been quite a few past variants I've picked up this way: this, Papillon's Escape, and that moulded resin likeness of the Ballind...
by cyningstan
Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: David Brown Hnefatafl
Replies: 4
Views: 2087

Re: David Brown

Sounds much like the one we used to call "Rachunek 11x11". Would it be possible to upload a scan of the rules to the forum? Would be very interesting to see them. I don't want to post that without the copyright owner's permission, but while I try and get that I've put up a new page with a paraphras...
by cyningstan
Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: David Brown Hnefatafl
Replies: 4
Views: 2087

David Brown

I apologize for the length of this excerpt, but I thought it was interesting, particularly the detail that Brown had worked on an Anglo-Saxon dig in Cirencester, possibly in the late 70's or early 80's, which is when this "attempted reconstruction" of hnefatafl was made by someone called David Brow...
by cyningstan
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 9299

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

Hello! Since I've just joined I thought it would be polite to bring something to the party. A couple of days ago I stumbled upon the rules to Imperial Contest. This is probably the first commercial tafl game; Jaques of London (of Staunton chess piece fame, and still going) must have found the rules ...