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by Kratzer
Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20349

Re: About the draw concept

Congratulations Adam!!! :D Well made observations, Hagbard! This so called rule+4) sounds very convincing to me. Does the test version of Copenhagen Tafl (not the tournament one) already include the new rules (at least those 3 established before)? I really would like to start some more Copenhagen ma...
by Kratzer
Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20349

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

The new edge dynamic is indeed very refreshing. I am beginning to like this variant, too. Great work, everybody!
by Kratzer
Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Brandubh 7x7
Replies: 11
Views: 3907

Re: Anyone for Brandubh?

Hi crust, I've played this version of tafl once on my girlfriend's ipod, and I think that you couldn't capture the king on the throne only by two warriors (or it was adjustable, I'm not sure). Anyway, I really liked to play it, but don't you think that there is lack of strategic possibilities on suc...
by Kratzer
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Berserk Hnefatafl
Replies: 10
Views: 4390

Re: Berserk Hnefatafl

Beyond, it seems to me that the berserk variant is in some way a totally different kind of hnefatafl. It's the fact that white has only one knight whose position isn't exchangeable. This means it's no longer the same from where both colours start on the board! And yet there's no realistic chance for...
by Kratzer
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 43
Views: 8040

Re: proposal for an international hnefatafl society

Would be very helpful to have a ethymological analysis of the word by an expert in nordic languages (which I am not). I sometimes wonder why the 'h' at the beginning ... are there nordic languages who do actually pronounce that consonant in any way? As long as we don't know it better, I would propos...
by Kratzer
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: World Tafl Federation
Replies: 43
Views: 8040

Re: proposal for an international hnefatafl society

While were at it, can we decide how to spell hnefatafl/hnefetafl? For what its worth, the most convincing argument I've heard for the nordic origin of the name is neve (fist) tavle (board) - interestingly table is 'bord' in modern norwegian while board is 'tavle' - go figure). Fistboard. What a gre...
by Kratzer
Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 31
Views: 5845

Re: Comparison between real time and correspond. game forma

However, it was an excellent idea to add the correspondence game format to your site, I really appreciate that!
by Kratzer
Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 4119

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

I'm really looking forward to try out the berserk variant (my berserker rage is already growing *gr*), although the ability to "jump over" seems to be a bit strange at first sight. Another idea about the balance matter (yet far away from a historical view on the rules): If the tournament variant (fe...
by Kratzer
Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 31
Views: 2143

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-d...
by Kratzer
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Fetlar Hnefatafl
Replies: 26
Views: 4119

Re: Internationally agreed 11x11 tournament rules - poll

The idea of giving more points for a win is in my opinion the right way – it motivates the player to take a risk, which is very important, although as student of literature I can't know if Beadle's 3 or your 4 points are the better option. :? Anyway, you know then that you can't barely get a good po...