Hnefatafl is an open source, portable, simple and free implementation of the Norse board game written in the C programming language. The 13x13, 11x11 and Tablut boards are fully supported at the moment of writing this article.
Norse is a very old and quite popular board game that has been played in Scandinavia since 400 A.D.. Using ruleset files, the player will be able to set the game rules. A computer player (AI) is implemented at the moment, as well as both a command-line and graphical user interface (the latter being optional).
Getting started with Hnefatafl
To install and use the Hnefatafl on your GNU/Linux distribution, you must first download the latest stable version from Softpedia, save it on a location of your choice, unpack the contents of the archive and open a terminal emulator.
In the terminal window, use the ‘cd’ command to navigate to the location of the extracted archive files. Tune the config.mk file for your system, and execute the ‘make’ command in the application’s folder.
Please note, that it is also possible to run the ‘make dynamic’ command for building everything with dynamic linking, as well as the ‘make static’ command for building everything with static linking.
If you want to remove everything that has been installed, type the ‘make uninstall’ command in the app’s dir, using the same ‘config.mk’ file that you used when you've installed the software. If you want to upgrade to newer releases, first uninstall the old version and then install the new one.
Under the hood and availability
As mentioned, the Hnefatafl program is written entirely in the C programming language. It is distributed only as a source tarball (tar.gz file), which helps you install the application on any GNU/Linux operating system, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.