Ard Ri and Brandubh Tafl Board Game Variants

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Ard Ri and Brandubh are very similar Tafl variants that originate from Scotland and Ireland respectively. Like other Tafl variants, this corner escape game is enormously addicting, and easy to learn for hours of fun.

Ard Ri, which translates into Scottish Gaelic to mean "High King" was a Scottish Tafl variant played on seven by seven board with a king and eight defenders against sixteen attackers, and Brandubh, which roughly translates to mean "black raven" was the Irish form of Tafl. It was also played on a seven by seven board, and played with five men against eight. Because they are both played on the same size board, with nearly identical modern play styles, we have combined the games for our version. Both games can be played using a full set of Ard Ri pieces, which are included in our set, totaling 9 white pieces including the white king piece, and 16 dark pieces. We also include a bag and a combined ruleset for both games based off of the historical documentation for these and other Tafl variants. A perfect game for the lovers of Celtic history, or anyone who wants a unique game to add to their collection. Get it today!

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Has anyone ever hurt themselves with your wood swords or wands?

We have had no reported major injuries with our wooden weapons or wands, and we take extra precautions to insure that our products are designed in such a way to prevent injury. Bruising has occurred when products were used improperly, but larger injuries are possible since the wood swords and wands can be easily misused. Adult supervision is highly recommended at all times as well as supervision with a martial artist when items are used for contact sport or play. But if used properly, our products are very safe, and very fun. :)

Is The Wood Listed Really the Wood Used?

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