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Link to: Hnefatafl - the Strategic Board Game of the Vikings

Until it was replaced by Chess -- Hnefatafl (or Tafl), a family of uniregal abstract board games where all pieces move like Rooks and captured by custodian capture -- filled the social position of Chess in Scandinavia, England, Ireland and Wales. This site has an in-depth discussion of the rules and history of these games.

Hnefatafl has influenced the design of many Chess variants, including Robert Abbott's Ultima.

Hnefatafl - the Strategic Board Game of the Vikings:

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Posted by Peter Aronson.
Web page created on: 25 Jun 2002. Last modified on: 25 Jun 2002.