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The Viking game (meaning *king-board*, similar to chess. Also covers Tablut, a smaller version, which is sometimes sold as hnefatafl by museums and similar groups.

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Is there a consensus on if blocking king and pawns together so opponent cannot move in Tablut (Hnefatafl) is stalemate, or a win?

In Tafl games (I'm specifically playing Tablut if it makes a difference) Black wins if they capture the White king by surrounding it on all four sides. Suppose the king and one or more adjacent pawns ...
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How do different sizes of Hnefatafl play? [closed]

There are some variants of Tafl games that involve differently sized boards. Obviously there is more to a game than its size, but how do the different variations of the board size affect play?
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How early should I move my king in Hnefatafl?

In Hnefatafl (with these rules) the aim of the white player is to move their king to one of the corner squares. How do I know when it's safe to move the king? Are there 'signs', for example, the other ...
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How is Hnefatafl related to Chess and Go?

What is the history of Hnefatafl in relation to Chess and/or Go? Which was developed first and what if anything influenced the development of Hnefatafl?
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Can I use my Tafl game to play Thud?

I recently purchased a new game: Hnefatafl Now as far as I'm aware, this is the game that Thud is based on, which is the real game I want to play. For reference, here is my set: And here are my ...
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