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21 Jul 2022

Trap tigers & devour goats in this ancient Nepali abstract game

Announcing Bagh Chal

Bagh Chal is a traditional abstract game that is popular in Nepal. The name roughly translates to "Tigers Moving". It is an abstract strategy game with an asymmetric setup, i.e. a different number of pieces per side (like Hnefatafl and its ilk). One opponent plays four tiger pieces and the other plays twenty goats.

 

 

The board bears a passing resemblance to a Chinese Chess board in that the pieces move along lines from intersection to intersection. However, the gameplay is more similar to AlquerqueCheckers or Draughts. At the start of the game, there are four tigers on the board while there are no goats. The goat player places his/her pieces on the board one by one wherever they choose, with the tiger player getting a move between each placing. Once all the goats are on the board, the two players take turns moving one of their pieces one space. A tiger can alternatively capture a single goat by jumping over it in a line to an empty space. The tigers win if they can capture five goats. The goal for the goats (who cannot make captures) is to hem the tigers in, giving them no opportunity to move or jump.

 

 

The team at Lemery Games currently are Kickstarting a pocket-sized edition of the game in order to help revive its popularity and save the game from dying out!

You can learn more about the local conservation efforts that are being persued to keep this ancient game alive at The Kathmandu Post.

 

Bagh Chal on Tabletopia

Now on Kickstarter!

Play it now on Tabletopia!

 

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