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King's Table

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  • A Viking Game of Attack and Defense
  • 1,500 year old game, forerunner to chess
  • Wood 9" x 9" with Storage and Pieces

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This is an exact replica of the Viking game played in A.D. 400, as found in Lapland in 1732. In order to understand the game, we had to go back to where the games Tafl and Hnefatafl were popular in the Viking Homeland of Scandinavia. Over the centuries the game developed and different versions of the board have been found by archaeologists in sites from Ireland to Ukraine. This game is known as a primitive version of today's game of chess as all the pieces have the same movement as the rook.

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Product Dimensions 2.5 x 9.5 x 9.2 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00005TNHQ
Item model number WDX499309
Manufacturer recommended age 6 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #453,558 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#11,122 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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By Mark Grant on December 4, 2010
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I have had a King's Table game for the past 15 years. I bought this one to help pass what little bit of free time I have in Afghanistan. I give this particular version a 4 star rating with mixed feelings. The game pieces are unremarkable, plain cone shaped pieces and spool shaped pieces. The king sort of looks strange and I'll leave it at that. I like that the set has a box beneath to store the pieces. It's a good size if you don't have a lot of space, but if you collect games, this version is too small. It's a good set to begin with but later I chose to make my own board and bought chess men as game pieces. I think that King's Table is a good game for all ages and it's strategies are much different from anything that is widely played these days. One side has the King and his 8 knights and the other side has 16 knights trying to capture the King. The king and his men are trying to get the king to a corner square - so the goals and strategies for each side are completely different. The most difficult part is to determine who is the overall winner given that the goals for each side are different. Maybe it's best to play a number of games and swap sides at each games and who ever has the most victories at the end of the series can declare hiself or herself the champion. I think it's a good educational game that would augment chess or checkers or backgammon, etc. Review by Mark Grant, author of Blood of Scotland.
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Two thumbs up! Got it a little over a week ago, and me and my brothers are still playing it at least twice a day. I have six brothers: 9-years-old, 10-years-old, 2 15-year-olds, 16-year-old, and a 17-year-old. We all love it. SUPER easy to play (the 9-year-old picked it up right away). We haven't played a single game that lasted over half an hour, though that may change as our skill grows. The game looks great (for those that like that sort of thing). Zero plastic. Everything's made of wood. This game has fantastic educational value (the box gave a little historical back round about the game's creation).

Only one con. The rules are a teensy bit blunt. Nothing to really poo-poo at, though.

Totally worth buying. Hope this helped! :)
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This game needs a better set of directions. I gave it as a gift also and all had problems. I had an old Game from 6 years ago and I had copied the directions to use in my classroom. They were way better.
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