THE BATTLE BEGINS

Hnefatafl is a Viking game of strategy for two players.

Each player has an army of warriors and tries to out-think his or her opponent.

First decide who will control each army. The red army consists of 12 warriors and one king, while the white army has 24 warriors but no king.


The board is set up with the red king on the middle square and his red warriors defending him. The white warriors sit around the edge.

THE AIM OF THE GAME

The white player's aim is to capture the red king.

The red player's aim is to move the king safely to any square at the edge of the board.

HOW TO MOVE

The white player starts. The players take turns moving one piece.

All pieces can move across, up, or down, but they are NOT allowed to move diagonally.

All pieces can move any number of spaces in one direction - but they cannot jump over the top of another piece.

Only the king can sit on the centre square.

CAPTURING A WARRIOR

A player can capture an enemy warrior by trapping it between two of his or her pieces.

The red king is the only piece NOT caught in this way.

If a piece is captured, it is taken off the board.

Important! - If a player deliberately moves one of his or her own warriors between two enemy pieces, it is NOT captured by them.

CAPTURING THE KING

If the king becomes surrounded by four white warriors, he is captured.

WINNING THE GAME

If the king is captured, the white player wins.

If the king manages to get to any square at the edge of the board, he is safe, and the red player wins the game.

GOOD HUNTING!

See the following pages for details of how to play Hnefatafl on the computer.

HOW TO PLAY ON THE COMPUTER

First choose the level you wish the computer to play at: Easy, Medium or Difficult depending on how good you think you are!

To move a piece, first click on the piece you want to move. The squares you can move to will be highlighted. Click on the square you want to move to.

If you play against the computer, you play white and move first.

HOW TO PLAY ON THE COMPUTER

Move your pointer over 'Show computer's last move' to see where the computer has moved.

GOOD LUCK!

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