- Hnefatafl at gamecabinet.com
- Hnefatafl - the Strategic Board Game of the Vikings (also attached in PDF below)
- Play Hnefatafl online at aagenielsen.dk
Fichneal / Fidchel as played by Comyn
An ancient game for two, played on a 7 by 7 grid. (Chess boards are 8 by 8). Object
The object of the game for the attackers (the 16 lighter colored pieces) is to capture the King (the larger dark piece) and the object for the defenders (the 8 smaller dark pieces and a larger dark King) is to move the King off the board.
The center square belongs to the King and no other piece may land on it.
The players move one piece at a time as described below: All pieces have the move of the Rook in chess. This means that every piece may move any number of spaces horizontally or vertically in a straight line (eg. "Orthogonally"). Pieces may NOT move diagonally.
A piece is captured when it is trapped between 2 opposing pieces orthogonally. However, if the piece moves between 2 opposing pieces voluntarily, the piece is safe.
The King is captured when surrounded on all four orthogonal sides, or when surrounded on three sides plus the King's square. The King is also captured if he and another defender are enclosed on all sides such that neither of them may move.
When the King has a clear line of exit (or exits) from the board, he must announce that: "he has a way out".
This game may be played by throwing a die for movement. The number thrown is the number of spaces a player may move a piece. The number may not be split so as to allow more than one piece to move at a time.