Portable folding Hnefatafl game board, uniquely handcrafted of quality hardwood, with laser-engraved artwork and detailing. A traditional board game of strategic maneuver and capture with a clever magnetized design allowing for easy storage and travel. This modernized version of an ages-old game is sure to bring enjoyment to players of all ages for years to come; the multiple strategies involved are as diverse and compelling as chess. A noteworthy game that has endured the test of time, from the Viking Age to the eighteenth century, this game is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity in our present day. This is a folding portable board game, very suitable for traveling and carrying to events, such as Renaissance Festivals, LARP events, reenactment gatherings, picnics, camping trips, etc. Three game variants are being produced and are available in this format: Irish Brandub (7x7), Finnish Tablut (9x9), or Danish Skjaldborg (11x11).
This "Refined Replica" version of the portable hnefatafl games is decorated entirely by a Glowforge laser engraver, based upon digital files created by me and inspired by actual historical artefacts. The games are constructed and finished by hand, and offered at a lower price point (compared to the handcrafted and decorated "Rustic Reenactment" version) due to the minimal time required by the artist in their creation.
• READY TO SHIP
• LASER-CUT & HANDCRAFTED, with sharp laser-engraved artwork
• LEAD TIME: 2-3 days (from time of purchase to shipping day)
• FREE SHIPPING
• ARTWORK AVAILABLE: As represented in Photos; custom artwork requests always welcome!
• MEASUREMENTS: Variable; 7x7 Brandub 7x7x.5 inches [LxWxH] / 9x9 Tablut 9x9x.5 inches [LxWxH] / 11x11 Skjaldborg 11x11x.5 inches [LxWxH] (completed/assembled product)
• PLAYING PIECES/PAWNS: Variable; 7x7 Brandub - 13 / 9x9 Tablut - 25 / 11x11 Skjaldborg - 37 ‘people peg’-style pawns (cotton drawstring bag for storage included)
• ADDITIONAL NOTES / INFO: The board is magnetized along the halved edges to keep the board intact during gameplay. Micro hinges allow the halves to fold, and are kept
folded magnetically as well.
GAME HISTORY / HOW TO PLAY:
• Hnefatafl (pronounced "neffa-toffel") was invented by the Vikings 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. Due to renewed interest in the game and diligent research by game historians, there are now well over 100 variants available to players utilizing the Hnefatafl game mechanics; some including the use of dice to dictate movement or initiative.
• The King, starting from an opening position at the center square, wins the game if he reaches any one of the squares along the grid's outer edge, or any corner square (depending upon the variant played). The attackers win if they capture the King. Captures are performed by flanking or surrounding an enemy piece on two or more sides. The strategies involved in these actions can make the game more challenging than the simple rules suggest. As mentioned previously, there are also many variable rules available that can be implemented for a different game experience.
• A rules pamphlet is included with the game.
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