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Ard Ri is a variant of the game Hnefatafl, or simply Tafl, which is one of the oldest games in the world - traced in various versions to the Vikings, Welsh, Saxons, and Irish.
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Ard Ri is a variant of the game Hnefatafl, or simply Tafl, which is one of the oldest games in the world - traced in various versions to the Vikings, Welsh, Saxons, and Irish. It is rare in that it is one of the few games that comprises of two unequal sides. Ard Ri is played on a smaller board and with fewer pieces than standard Hnefatafl and it is one of the most challenging forms of the game. In Ard Ri the defending side comprises eight soldiers and a king, who start the game in the centre of the board. Their objective is for the king to escape by reaching any of the four corner squares. The attackers comprise sixteen soldiers positioned in four groups of four around the perimeter of the board. Their objective is to take the King. All pieces move like the Rook in chess and pieces are taken by "sandwiching" i.e. moving your piece so that an opponent's piece is trapped horizontally or vertically between two of yours. Unlike other versions of Hnefatafl, in Ard Ri the defending side starts first.

Ard Ri

Ard Ri is associated with the Scottish Highlands with Ard Ri meaning 'High King' in Irish Gaelic. 'Irish Gaelic' you may ask? Well Scot's Gaelic is part of the same linguistic family and in fact comes from Ireland.

Ard Ri

There's a really good description of the game and outline of its rules over at:

boardgamegeek.com/thread/346545/how-tafl-and-why-youd-want

Hnefatafl sets often contained intricately carved pieces and beautifully decorated boards and this is what we've tried to create here, taking inspiration from traditional designs and the iconic Uig Chessmen. I say we, because the board was actually created by my girlfriend Dot, who as it turns out has a bit of a talent for cheese-slope mosaics. All I contributed was the structure and pieces.

Ard Ri

This set forms part of this year's www.bricktothepast.com collection, England, 793. The main piece of the collection is on display over summer 2016 at the Rheded Centre in Penrith.

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Comments

 I like it 
  August 3, 2016
Fantastic gameboard art design! :)
 I made it 
  July 26, 2016
Quoting David Roberts A truly beautiful creation.
Diolch yn fawr, David!
 I like it 
  July 22, 2016
A truly beautiful creation.
 I made it 
  July 20, 2016
Quoting Ed Rekishi I can't thank you enough for building something so pleasant to look at and for informing me of a new board game to try out - obviously you didn't mean this for me specifically, but thank you for building it.
Thanks very much - we're really happy you like it!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2016
Quoting Subic Vedran Thank you for a quick lesson in history and introducing a 'new' board game. Congrats to your girlfriend. Board is beautiful!
Thanks very much!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2016
Quoting Jacob L. M. Great build! I love the floor!
Thank you very much!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2016
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus Three words: Beautiful.
Thank you!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2016
Quoting Magma ! This looks very impressive because of the dark brown. Such a special and realistic color scheme. And that board is amazing of course. All around a beautiful MOC.
Yep, I love dark brown... all the dark colours actually. Thanks!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2016
I can't thank you enough for building something so pleasant to look at and for informing me of a new board game to try out - obviously you didn't mean this for me specifically, but thank you for building it.
 I like it 
  July 19, 2016
Thank you for a quick lesson in history and introducing a 'new' board game. Congrats to your girlfriend. Board is beautiful!
 I like it 
  July 19, 2016
Great build! I love the floor!
 I like it 
  July 19, 2016
Three words: Beautiful.
 I like it 
  July 19, 2016
This looks very impressive because of the dark brown. Such a special and realistic color scheme. And that board is amazing of course. All around a beautiful MOC.
 I made it 
  July 19, 2016
Quoting Justin Li Really interesting history bit. Sounds like a fun game. Love the board/pieces.
Thanks very much; it's a great game... but also really hard!
 I made it 
  July 19, 2016
Quoting Werewolff . That's one awesome board game replica! Incredible detail and build all round, and a nice bit of history to go along with it. Nicely done.
Thank you; history is what I'm all about :)
 I made it 
  July 19, 2016
Quoting Reese Hawthorne Amazing work! It sounds like a really unique and interesting board game...
Thanks very much!
 I made it 
  July 19, 2016
Quoting D H Very impressive! Love that mosaic! Your pieces are also excellent. And really unique creative idea to make this game in Lego. Bravo!
Thanks very much!
 I like it 
  July 19, 2016
Very impressive! Love that mosaic! Your pieces are also excellent. And really unique creative idea to make this game in Lego. Bravo!
 I like it 
  July 19, 2016
Amazing work! It sounds like a really unique and interesting board game...
 I like it 
  July 18, 2016
That's one awesome board game replica! Incredible detail and build all round, and a nice bit of history to go along with it. Nicely done.
 I like it 
  July 18, 2016
Really interesting history bit. Sounds like a fun game. Love the board/pieces.
 
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