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Quick overview of tafl variants.


Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 board
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11
Damian Walker, UK, made this leaflet with the Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules for print:
Copenhagen Hnefatafl, Introduction, History, How to Play.

Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules (mobile-friendly),
Introduction to the Copenhagen rules (Tim Millar).
Doctor Crustus explains shieldwalls (Tim Millar).
Educational videos at the bottom of this page.
Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 board
Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11

Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11.

Fetlar Hnefatafl rules (Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel),
Fetlar Hnefatafl rules (mobile-friendly),
and here (Damian Walker),


Fetlar Regeln auf deutsch.
Fetlar Règles en français.
Фетлар правила по-русски.
Fetlar regler på dansk.


"Old Hnefatafl": The king can be captured on the board edge and thus can be captured by two attackers when on a square next to a corner. No draw forts and no repetitions.
Berserk Hnefatafl 11x11 board
Berserk Hnefatafl 11x11

Berserk Hnefatafl 11x11.

Berserk Hnefatafl rules.


Theory of Historical Hnefatafl:
The tafl games "Brandubh" (Ireland), "Ard Ri" (Scotland), "Tablut" (Lapland), "Tawlbwrdd" (Wales) and "Hnefatafl" (Iceland) are all one and the same game: the Iron- and Viking Age Scandinavian board game Hnefatafl.
Tawlbwrdd: the Scandinavian word tavlbord means gameboard.
Irish Brandubh 7x7 board
Irish Brandubh 7x7
Scottish Ard Ri 7x7 board
Scottish Ard Ri 7x7
Saami Tablut 9x9 board
Saami Tablut 9x9 (Linné)
Welsh Tawlbwrdd 11x11 board
Welsh Tawlbwrdd 11x11 (Bell setup)
Simple Tafl 11x11 board
Simple Tafl
Historical Hnefatafl 13x13 board
Historical Hnefatafl 13x13 (Parlett setup)
Historical Hnefatafl 15x15 board
Historical Hnefatafl 15x15 (Damian Walker setup)

Historical Hnefatafl.

Adam Bartley, Norway, made this plate with the Historical Hnefatafl rules:
Historical Hnefatafl Rules for print! (Adam Bartley)

Historical Hnefatafl Rules (mobile-friendly).
Simple Tafl rules.

Regler for Simpel Tafl på dansk.


Sea Battle tafl 9x9 board
Sea battle 9x9
Sea Battle tafl 11x11 board
Sea battle tafl cross 11x11 (Dardell setup)
Sea Battle tafl 13x13 board
Sea battle tafl 13x13 (modif. Parlett setup)
Sea Battle tafl 15x15 board
Sea battle tafl 15x15 (Damian Walker setup)

Sea battle tafl.

Sea Battle tafl rules,
and here (Damian Walker).

Sea Battle 9x9 (Imperial Contest): The cargo ship cannot move more than four squares per move.



Intro video to Tafl Games, by Corey Hart ("Brench"), USA, November 2017.


Copenhagen Hnefatafl, Part 1, by Corey Hart ("Brench"), USA, December 2017.


Copenhagen Hnefatafl, Part 2, by Corey Hart ("Brench"), USA, December 2017.


Copenhagen Hnefatafl, Part 3, by Corey Hart ("Brench"), USA, December 2017.


Handcrafted Hnefatafl Set, by Corey Hart ("Brench"), USA, January 2018.


Measured tafl game balances.
Measured tafl game haphazardness.
Measured tafl game lengths.


Updated 29.7.2018
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