Hnefatafl Game: Miniature handheld "Magpie" modern variant of tafl, handcrafted from black walnut wood. Wondrously decorated with a laser engraved zoomorphic beast motif around the edges and intricate designs within the play grid; all burned directly into the wood surface, then further embellished with woodburned shading done by hand. An attractive way to take the ancient strategy board game of tafl "on-the-go" - sure to provide many years of enjoyment and strategic challenge for players of all ages.
This item is READY TO SHIP; the pictures provided are of the actual board and pieces you shall receive upon purchase.
• Hnefatafl board constructed of 1/2" thickness black walnut wood. This is a miniaturized version of my standard sized Brandub hnefatafl board; very suitable for traveling and carrying to events, such as Renaissance Faires, LARP events, picnics, etc.
• All artwork is achieved through the use of a powerful laser engraver and then enhanced by hand with pyrography, the art of woodburning. The board is finished with a natural oil stain to enhance the artwork and is then preserved with a high quality satin lacquer.
• Board has a playing grid area of 3.5 inches, with a 1+ inch artistic border surrounding the grid, for a total board size of approximately 6 inches square.
• Playing pieces (13 total) are included. Created in-house from maple and black walnut woods, then oiled and lacquered.
GAME HISTORY / HOW TO PLAY:
• Hnefatafl (pronounced "neffa-toffel") was invented in Scandinavia and taken to all corners of the Viking world: from Scandinavia to Russia, Germany to the British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, and even as far as Turkey and Newfoundland . It was such a good game of strategy and cunning that not only did the Vikings play it but also the people they came into contact with; the Anglo Saxons, the Celts, and the Sami in Lapland all came to love the game and produced their own variants. Hnefatafl is mentioned in the sagas, and skill in the game was held as a worthy virtue in Viking society. It has been theorized that hnefatafl predates the game of Chess by nearly 500 years.
• The King, starting from an opening position in the center, wins the game if he reaches any one of the four corner points along the grid edge. The attackers win if they capture the king by surrounding or flanking him on two or more sides. The strategies involved in these actions can make the game more challenging than the simple rules suggest. A rules pamphlet is included with the game.
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