Irish Brandubh - replica Tafl game
Irish Brandubh - replica medieval leather board with wooden pieces
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Board 20cm square. Tube 28cm longBoard 7.9 inch square. Tube 11 inch long
- Irish version of the Nordic Tafl games that go back at least to the 9th century
- Fascinating strategic game of unequal sides that can require deep thought
- Great fun while also teaching about history and strategy
- Hand-made in Britain by a craftsman specialising in leatherwork
- Real leather roll-up board conveniently stores with the pieces in a cardboard tube
- Made in Britain
- Language of Rules/Instructions: English
- For ages: 6+
- Number of players: 2
- Average game time: 10 minutes
Brandubh is the Irish version of the old game of Tafl that goes back at least to the 9th century. A fascinating strategy game of unequal sides, the objective of the defenders is to get the King to the corner of the board unharmed while the attackers must try to capture the King before he achieves his goal.
Our game consists of a replica leather board together with wooden pieces. It is has been hand-made in Britain by a craftshop experience in making authentic period games. The game comes in a cardboard tube for easy storage and is complete with historically accurate rules using the latest research from Masters Games.
Brandubh means 'Raven Black' and 7 x 7 Tafl boards have been found predominantly in Ireland from the medieval ages. Similar boards have also been found in Scotland where 8 defenders and 16 attackers were played under the name 'Ard Ri'.
Brandubh is both an interesting historical game as well as great fun. Suitable for museums and schools and also make a great gift for anyone interested in the history of games.
Contains small parts. Unsuitable for children under 36 months.