Traditional Board Games

Daldøsa: Nordic 'Running Fight' Boardgame for Two Players, Handcrafted Wooden Traditional Game, w/ wood-burned historically inspired art


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    Add a truly unique and beautiful board game to your collection with this Daldøsa board! Daldøsa is a Norwegian board game utilizing the 'running-fight' game mechanics; a truly challenging contest of elimination featuring distinctive stick dice, set within the confines of a Viking longship. This game board set is handcrafted from thick maple wood and accented with colorful padauk and purpleheart; thematic artwork is burned directly into the surface of the wood. A creation that will equally decorate and entertain, this game can serve as an excellent means to spend quality time with a friend or family member. The game can be intensely challenging, yet not daunting, and is conceived as a functional fine piece of art with heirloom potential, built to last for generations.

    This board game is READY TO SHIP; the pictures are of the actual game and pieces you shall receive. Shipping via USPS within 1-3 business days.

    • Daldøsa board constructed of 1-inch thick maple wood; the board measures 13-inches square. Wood color is attained by the character of the wood itself after applying a natural oil. No pigmented stains are used.
    • All artwork is achieved through pyrography (the art of wood-burning by hand). The edges have been charred for an added level of artistic detail. A satin lacquer is applied last to protect the board surface and seal in the carbonized artwork.
    • Artwork is historically inspired; the original historic designs, from a reliquary located in the Kamień Pomorski, have been augmented and formalized with a unique contemporary style.
    • Board has a playing grid of 37 squares set within the outline of a ship; inlays of exotic purpleheart and padauk woods mark the opening positions of each player.
    • Playing pieces (24 total) are included. Created with a laser engraver from layers of maple, purpleheart and padauk woods, then hand assembled and finished. A muslin drawstring pouch is included for storage and transport of the pieces.

    •Daldøs is a running-fight board game only known from a few coastal locations in southern Scandinavia, where its history can be traced back to around 1800; comparatively a more contemporary game. The game is notable for its unusual four-sided dice (stick or long dice). Daldøsa is the Norwegian variant of Daldøs; another variant, called Sáhkku, is known to be relatively popular in Finland and western Russia. The Daldøsa game is most commonly known in Jæren, county of Rogaland, and even there the game is seen only on coastal farms along the beaches of the North Sea. This indicates that the origin of the game is connected with people who in some way can be linked to the sea. The tradition of playing the game is still active today, but probably it was more common in the past. During World War II the Daldøsa game became very popular because the situation throughout Europe called for family activities in the home. The old war game received new relevance and a bit of revival at this time, and it could be conjectured that some people imagined that the pieces represented Norwegians vs. Germans. The closest relatives of this game appear to be the tâb games from Northern Africa and South-western Asia, possibly apart from one unlabeled diagram in a historical codex from Southern England.
    • Both players throw the dice; the highest throw (adding the dice, the 'dal', or 'X' counting as 1) begins the game. Pieces cannot move until they have been dalled. A die showing the dal allows the player to dal one piece, which means to turn it over to reveal it's dalled marking and move it one position ahead. (Alternatively, a dalled piece may be stood on edge with the dal marking facing forward). With the first dal, only the piece closest to the stern can be dalled, and then it travels into the middle row. With no dalled pieces, a dice throw with no dals showing is a lost move. The dalled pieces move according to dice throws. Each player's pieces move first through the home row to the stern, then through the middle row towards the prow, then into the enemy row back towards the stern. From here it moves into the middle row again, etc., never returning to the home row. The showings of the two dice may be either added and used to move one piece, or used separately for two different pieces. The showings of both dice must be used in a move. At a throw of dal-dal (two dals), the player gains an extra throw. The object of the game is to remove all enemy pieces from the board. An enemy piece is removed when another piece ends/lands at the same position on the board. When the dice are added, only an enemy piece at the final position can be removed. Enemy pieces (both dalled and not) can be jumped, but are not removed; friendly pieces cannot be jumped at all. The game ends when one player has no pieces left.
    • A rules pamphlet is included with the board and pieces.

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