OldEarthTradingCo

New Jersey, United States · 11 Sales

OldEarthTradingCo

New Jersey, United States 11 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(5)
Alison Rohde

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Alison Rohde

White Deer Hnefatafl Game
US$100.00
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(5)
Debbie Raleigh

Debbie Raleigh on Aug 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Interesting game, love the design, going to be a family Christmas present, I am sure we will love it. Thank You...

ryansean

ryansean on Oct 13, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Love it...beautifully crafted. I have it displayed on my coffee table in my living room!

hclio79

hclio79 on Jun 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Item arrived quickly and the carving is very detailed. Thanks!

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About

Handmade Goods Inspired by the Ancient World

Hello and welcome to Old Earth Trading Company!

This shop began with Hnefatafl, an ancient game of strategy (similar to chess), played by the Vikings. After figuring out with my nephew how to play the game, I made him his own Hnefatafl board to play on. I've always enjoyed woodworking, and had so much fun designing that first board that I decided to open up a shop.

Hnefatafl is pretty obscure (had I not seen it played at a Viking festival, I may never have come across it myself), so here's a quick note about it:

The game board is made up of squares (like a checker or chess board), with stones set up in a specific pattern. The object of the game is for the central piece, the Kingstone, to overcome his attackers and escape to one of the corners of the board with the help of his guards. Of course, a little book of rules is provided with each board, so more details can be found there.

Hnefatafl is a game that is simple to learn but never dull to play; there are many strategies and tactics to try, and each game will test your mental agility. It's really a fun (and certainly unique) addition game night!

Since opening the shop, I've added other things I've always loved to make: jewelry, warm knit hats, and even painted glass vases and candle holders.

A lot of time, care, and love goes into each of the items I make, and all of them are made to last. I hope they will bring years of fun, enjoyment, and good memories to those who receive them.

Thanks for stopping by my little shop!

Blessings,
Alison

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  • Alison Rohde

    Owner

  • Luna

    Accomplice/Best Buddy

Shop policies

Last updated on December 12, 2014
Hello and welcome to Old Earth Trading Co.!

All hnefatafl board designs are original, drawn and burned by hand onto either a pine or basswood surface. Each board is carefully painted with wood stain and sealed with a protective finish. Small rubber feet are affixed to the bottom of every board to protect it (and any beloved surfaces it may be set upon) from scuff marks.

Included with each game board is a little hand-bound book of instructions on how to play hnefatafl, as well as a small mesh bag filled with glass taflstones.

So what is this “hnefatafl” thing, anyway?

Hnefatafl is an ancient game of strategy played by the Old Norse. The object of the game is for the central piece, the kingstone, to overcome his attackers and escape to one of the corners of the board with the help of his guards.

Often called a predecessor of chess, hnefatafl is a game that is simple to learn but never dull to play; there are many strategies and tactics to try, and each game will test your mental agility.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Unfortunately, we do not currently accept galleons, livestock, or the random bits of string you just found in your pockets as payment.

We do, however, accept Credit Cards.
Shipping
Items are typically shipped via the USPS within 2-3 days of receipt of payment. As soon as your order ships, I will contact you with the shipping details and a tracking number so you can obsessively stalk your lovely package as it makes its way to your doorstep.

Orders shipping within the United States are sent by Priority mail and should arrive within 2-3 business days.

International orders are shipped via First Class International mail and may take up to 21 days to arrive. International customers are responsible for any customs or duty fees which may be incurred.
Refunds and Exchanges
I take great pains to ensure that all items are packed and shipped with the utmost care; Old Earth Trading Co. is therefore not responsible for any damage which may occur during shipment.

If for any other reason you would like a refund or exchange, please contact me and we may be able to work something out.