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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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History of these ancient boardgames is a bit murky due to their really old age. The wikipedia article on Hnefatafl is a good starting point, but you can already see from that how vague the … information is. Hnefatafl being played since around 400 is certainly older than Chess. In fact, it can be considered a predecessor of Chess. A not so easy relation is that between Hnefatafl and Go - if it …
answered Jan 24 '12 by Frank