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Hnefatafl Board Game Set

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A set of pieces for playing any of the tafl game variants. With an un-styled, Runic inscribed, and Ogham inscribed king piece. The Runic inscription (read top to bottom) says "Jarl" (nobleman, leader) on one side and "Tafl" (table, hnefatafl means fist table) on the other. The Ogham inscription, read bottom to top and made for Irish variants like Brandubh and Fidchell reads "Ruiri" (King) on both sides. More info on how to play the game and the setups for its many variants can be found here:

Hnefatafl is a family of medieval games that were once played throughout northern Europe. The goal of the defenders is to get the king piece to a the corner, or in some rule variants just to the edge of the board to win. While the attackers have the goal of capturing the king before it reaches its objective. Capturing is done by surrounding a piece on 2 sides. Though some rule variants require that the king may only be captured by being surrounded on all four sides by attackers. This method of capturing is called custodian capture.

The variant pictured above is the start position for Tablut, a variant played on a 9x9 board.

For more info on Elder Futhark Runes visit:

For more info on Ogham, a primitive Irish script, visit: and

For the OpenSCAD files, you may need to download a font that has support for Runic and/or Ogham. The ones used for this project are Noto Sans Runic and Noto Sans Ogham which are available on Linux but must be downloaded with your package manager as they do not come pre-installed on most distributions.

  • 3D file format: SCAD and STL



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