Hnefatafl is an ancient Scandinavian board game that antedates chess. There are several different variations of play, but the gist from the game is straightforward. There are two players, each controlling an opposing force, one black and the other white. The black army is the invading one that wishes to capture the king of the white army, and starts with pieces arrayed on all four sides of the board, near its perimeter.
The white side is wanting a retreat of sorts, and needs to maneuver its king to a predetermined area of the board, usually area of the periphery or one from the board’s corners. The white army has around twelve pieces, and the black army typically has double that. The invading army typically moves first, with all pieces will typically relocate vertical or horizontal patters, in similar fashion to how one would handle a rook in chess. Players can capture pieces in the opposing sides by maneuvering their very own enough where one opposing piece is sandwiched between a couple of their very own, and play continues before the king is either captured or reaches a spot of safety.
– Variant “Hnefatafl”
– Variant “Tablut”
– Variant “Ard Ri”
– Variant “Brandubh”
– Variant “Tawlbwrdd”
– Variant “Alea Evengelii”
– Offline play for two humans or against the computer
– Online play via Google Play Games
– Rules included
Hnefatafl is available free of charge from Google Play. It is based on ads, but those can be taken off through a single IAP for $2.21. Bonus points if you’re able to pronounce the this game properly.
Hnefatafl (Playboard) | Hnefatafl (Play Store)