Maces & Talons (game)

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The board for Maces & Talons

Maces & Talons is a fictional game in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. According to Fishlegs, the game was designed to test the abilities and decision making expertise of future chiefs in the heat of battle.



  • Viking Chief
  • Chief of the Marauders
  • Impostor/Traitor
  • Eight Hunters


Race to the Edge

Viggo Grimborn is quite knowledgable, even obsessed with the game. He applies it to his plans, even what roles each person plays. Viggo began playing when he was a boy with his grandfather, always choosing to be the Viking chief piece. He constantly lost to his grandfather, possibly resulting in his obsession. Viggo is willing to make sacrifices to ensure victory. To him, no piece is irreplaceable.[1]

As the heir to Berk, Hiccup is also well versed in this game. His strategy style is unclear, however, as he was following by Viggo's plan. The only thing he could tell from the game board Viggo left for him was that if he did not play, the traitor, Heather, would die.[1]

Dagur played a live version of the game against Viggo using their men as the game pieces. Dagur managed to capture seven of Viggo's hunters, but this left him open for his chief to be taken out by the lone hunter.[1]

Viggo then played a game by himself as he waited for Hiccup on Botany Blight.[2]


  • According to Hiccup, the Traitor always dies in the end.[1]
  • Although it doesn't have the same rules, it seems to be a reference to the fantasy game "Dungeons and Dragons."
  • This game could be a reference to the game "Thrones & Bones" in the Frostborn book series; both are games played by vikings and are a part of the climax with a major villain.
  • This game could also be a reference to Scandinavian board game "Tafl", which was played by the Vikings in early 4th-12th centuries.

Notes & References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 2 – "Maces & Talons, Part 1"
    RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 2 – "Maces & Talons, Part 2"
  2. RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 3 – "Defenders of the Wing, Part 1"

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