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Hnefatafl was a board game played by Vikings. Although no Viking Age rules are known, it is thought to have been similar to Tablut, a game recorded by Linnaeus in Lachesis Lapponica (1732). This record has been the basis of a number of reconstructed…

Knattleikr is a game known from the Icelandic sagas. It's rules are not known, but it is known that it involved a bat and a ball, and that people could get injured playing it. This article discusses an attempt to recreate the game.

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Fate of the Norns is a Viking-themed role-playing game, but the company also produces a range of Viking-themed table-top games as well as novels and fashion items (jewellery and tshirts).

Viking Trade Board Game
Illustration for board game for 8-12 year old children, based around Viking trade routes and networks. You can print this game out to play it.

A risky bidding game for 2 to 5 daring Vikings ages 6-99. Haba - Habermaaß game nr. 4511.
Catcliffe Primary School instructions on how to play the Viking board game called Hnefatafl.

Illustrations to a game of cards as fierce as Vikings for 2 - 5 daring players ages 6 - 99. Haba - Haabermaaß game nr. 4290.

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Advertisement for a Viking-themed event
God of War gameplay trailer, which premiered at E3 2016.

This new release is set in the world of Old Norse mythology

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"Playing cards depicting the Norse pagan gods and characters from the myths as interpreted by Icelandic artist Nína Björk Bjarkadóttir. An explanatory booklet is included in…

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A game for android devices: 'Welcome to the ruthless world of Vikings, where freedom, power, fear and violence reign supreme. You must lead brave warriors into battle, conquer the world and prove your might against players from all over the world.'

From Wikipedia: "The Banner Saga is a Viking-themed tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic... The game takes place in a Viking legend-inspired world, stuck in a perpetual twilight since the sun disappeared"

Children of volunteer re-enactors at Ribe VikingCenter engaged in traditional games. Many items interpreted as toys and games have been recovered from Viking sites. For more information on some of these reconstructed games, see the Hurstwic webpage…

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Kubb Vikingespil. 'The Viking game.' Also known as Kongespil [Game of Kings]. Outdoor/lawn game. One on one or team against team. Chuck wooden blocks ('kubb') to knock over opponent's knights. Goal is to capture opponent's king. Game apparently…

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The standard French playing card deck has the Jack of Spades as Hogier, probably a reference to Holger the Dane, who is first mentioned in the French 'Chanson de Roland' as a Danish antagonist of Charlemagne. Thanks to Northern Displayers for this…

Pirates of the Frozen North was a supplement for the Pirates Constructible Strategy Game. The game came with plastic ships that needed to be built before play. Pirates of the Frozen North introduced Vikings to the game, and the image with this item…

Horse-fights are depicted in the Icelandic sagas as a form of entertainment. This article examines how horse-fights were conducted and what their cultural significance was.

In "Średniowiecze Polski i Powszechne" 5 (9), Katowice 2014, pp. 17-32

Iron Tides is a Viking-based game combining survival, tactics and resource management. Players command a band of Vikings sailing through stormy seas in search of battle, loot and glory. The loot is then used to upgrade the players' home town, so that…

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An activity for children (and adults!) in Museet Ribes Vikinger, where you can assemble messages using runic characters.
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