Ard Ri

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Ard Ri meaning "High King" is a traditional Scottish tafl game.
Ard Ri is played on a board of 7x7 squares, with the central square and the corner squares marked.
There are 25 pieces: a king and his 9 defenders, and 16 attackers.


  1. The defending side takes the first move.
  2. Pieces move one square orthogonally, not landing on other pieces on the board.
  3. No piece may land on the central square.
  4. Only the king may land on the corner squares.
  5. To capture the King the player must surround it on all four sides
  6. The king can take part in captures.
  7. A piece may also be captured between an enemy and the empty central square or a corner square.


  • The king wins the game by moving the King to the perimeter of the board.
  • The attackers win if they capture the king
If a player has no further move that player loses the game.


You can use software of Setup Group to play Ard Ri on your
Windows Device