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Measured tafl game balances.


Strong king.

The strong king is armed and captured from 4 sides.


Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11.
Shieldwall capture. Exit fort win.
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 board
Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules.
Introduction to the Copenhagen rules (Tim Millar)
Doctor Crustus explains shieldwalls (Tim Millar)
Copenhagen Hnefatafl, Introduction, History, How to Play (Damian Walker for print)
Educational videos at the bottom of this page.


Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11.
Draw forts and repetitions allowed.
Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 board
Fetlar Hnefatafl rules.
Fetlar Hnefatafl rules (Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel)
and here (Damian Walker for print)

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



Old Hnefatafl 11x11.
The king can be captured on the board edge and can thus be captured by two attackers when on a square next to a corner. Draw forts and repetitions not allowed.


Berserk Hnefatafl 11x11.
Berserk moves. Two more types of pieces: a knight and four commanders.. No rule about encircling all defenders (the commanders take care of breaking forts).
Berserk Hnefatafl 11x11 board
Berserk Hnefatafl rules.



Weak king.

The weak king is armed and captured from 2 sides.


Historical Hnefatafl.

Theory of Historical Hnefatafl:
The tafl games "Brandubh" (Ireland), "Ard Ri" (Scotland), "Tablut" (Sápmi), "Tawlbwrdd" (Wales. The Scandinavian word tavlbord means gameboard) and "Hnefatafl" (Iceland) are all one and the same game: the Iron- and Viking Age Scandinavian board game Hnefatafl.

Historical Hnefatafl Rules.
Historical Hnefatafl Rules (Adam Bartley for print)
Règles du Brandubh en français (David Zolli for print)
Regler for Tablut på dansk.

Board setups:

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)
Historical Hnefatafl 13x13 board
Historical Hnefatafl 13x13 (Parlett setup)


Simple Tafl 11x11.
Simple Tafl 11x11 board
Simple Tafl rules.
Regler for Simpel Tafl på dansk



Unarmed sea battle cargo ship.

The sea battle cargo ship is unarmed and captured from 4 sides.


Sea Battle Tafl.

Sea Battle Tafl rules.
and here (Damian Walker for print)

Board setups:

Sea Battle tafl 11x11 board
Sea Battle Tafl 11x11 (Dardell setup)
Sea Battle tafl 13x13 board
Sea Battle Tafl 13x13 (modif. Parlett setup)


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




Educational videos for Copenhagen Hnefatafl by Corey Hart ("Brench"), USA.




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.
Updated 15.4.2019
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