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- Print Length: 70 pages
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- Publisher: Cyningstan (April 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JXOMFDO
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It's a bit frustrating though, as my interests in the subject are primarily mathematical and game-theoretical. Since nobody knows what the actual rules are, it's difficult to analyze things like opening moves and end games. Only one computer scientist (Philip Hingston) has had a go at looking for interesting game variations using genetic algorithms, so the subject is virgin territory. I suppose one of the reasons for this is the fact that ... the rules are not well established yet. This book helps explain why.
As a game, the ones I've played or looked at online have been a bit boring and uneven (it seems every implementation of the game online follows a different rule set), but obviously it held people's interest for a very long time, so there must be something to it.
There are seven different reconstructions in all, and that covers the known descriptions and board types which have been found. We may never know all the details of how hnefatafl was played, but I believe the rules in this book bring us as close as we can get.
It's complete suggested rules to the Tablut and it's interpolation to the Tawlbwrdd are the best single recollection of rules I can recall, not only because of their real proven functionality, but mainly for it's historical accuracy, which is where, for me, lies the mesmerizering beauty of these rules. The highlights for me were:
1. Favor the cross formation over the diamond one for the defenders. Although the commercially available Copenhagen/ Fetlar variants favor the diamond pattern, the cross formation provides the best balanced results and is consistent with Linnaeus sketch.
2. Have the king being captured like a normal piece with two pieces only, with the known exceptions of him being in his castle or adjacent to it. Again, the book has masterfully demonstrated the historical validity of this assertion which makes the game truly balanced and fun.
3. Emphasize the Linnaeus goal of reaching an edge, not a corner, sharpening the elegance and beauty of the Tablut variant.
4. Have the king being unable to re-enter his castle once it has exited it and have the castle become hostile to defenders also once it has been unoccupied as it is a confirmation of the true reason of the markings in a tafl board.
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