That board there on the table (and was featured on the cover page for this chapter) is a hnefatafl board. I can’t say it’s like chess because we don’t really know exactly how it was played. But it was a pretty popular board game for vikings. I think at its core the object was to defend a “king” piece from other attackers.
REMINDER: I’ll be tabling at AwesomeCon in Washington DC this weekend! I’ll be at table H7 with my friend Hannah. Come see us and buy things! :DDD I’m hoping to have a new Arne print ready by then.