Bagh Chal

Bagh-Chal

Players 2
Length 5-20 minutes
Equipment Required standard piecepack, gameboard from rules
Designer Traditional / Jessica Eccles
Version 1.1
Version Date2016-12
License Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

Description

Bagh-Chal (meaning "Tiger game") is a strategic, two-player board game that originates in Nepal. The game is asymmetric in that one player controls four tigers and the other player controls up to twenty goats. The tigers 'hunt' the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers' movements.

Rules

The gameboard looks like this

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At the start of the game all four tigers (4 pawns) are placed on the four corners of the grid, facing the center. The 20 goats (20 coins) are placed within easy reach of the goat player. No goats are placed on the board during the initial setup.

The player controlling the goats moves first, by placing a goat onto a free intersection on the board. Tigers may move along the lines from one intersection to another. Once all of the goats have been placed on the board, goats must move in the same fashion as the tigers, one intersection to another. Moves alternate between players.

Tigers capture goats by jumping over them to an adjacent free position (as in checkers, although capturing is not obligatory in Bagh-Chal).

Rules for Tigers:

The goats must move according to these rules:

The game is over when either, the tigers capture five goats, or the goats have blocked the tigers from being able to move.

Sometimes the game can fall into a repetitive cycle of positions. Goats especially may use this resort to defend themselves against being captured. To avoid this situation, an additional rule has been established: when all the goats have been placed, no move may return the board to a situation that has already occurred during the game.

License

This document uses material from the Wikipedia article Bagh_Chal, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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