hist-games: SV: hist-games-digest V1 #287

Mattila Johannes johannes.mattila at tullverket.se
Tue Feb 27 07:53:02 PST 2001

Hi I have been interested with the tafl type games for some time mostly into
the the strategy and rules what balances the game and what dont.

The hnefatafl game you describe resemles the tafl bord refered to by Linne
at his travels among the samic poeple (scandinavian aborigines). Nefatafle
(kings table) refers as far as I know to a larger 11x11 board.
both tafl and featchel (dont know the spelling) as I been thought them has a
different setup for the players where there is no pieces starting in the
The markings for what I believe is a tabl board referensed is exit points
for the king, in nefatafl these are not to be stepped on and can be captured

Sorry my work keeps me from a more fullfilling reply but feel free to mail
me and ill expand when time alow it.

Ld. Steinar Vidfamne
Mundanely Johannes Mattila 

> Greetings all,
> I have been researching medieval games for a few months now, 
> and just joined
> the list a few weeks ago.  I've built a 7x7 board 
> hnefatafl-type  and a few
> other games and have quite enjoyed it (see below) - even taught some
> non-medievals to play it at work.  I've got a few buning 
> questions for you
> all:
> On the Ballinderry board, Murray suggests that it was used 
> for an Irish form
> of hnefatafl, most likely called Brandubh according to MacWhite, but I
> havent seen anyone give notice of the pointed markings on 
> both 'handle'
> sides between the 3rd and 4th holes.  These look like they're 
> in the right
> place to mark the staggered break in opposing pieces of 
> alquerque.  I've
> never seen a reference to a 7x7 alquerque game either.  It 
> plays very well
> in any case, but I was wondering if anyone else had run across it.  I
> believe I've hit every resource on the net, and most of the 
> primary book
> sources as well.
> Thanks
> Guillaume dela Sudeterre
> Order of the Leather Mallet
> Oakheart, Calontir

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