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Baghchal

Baghchal or Tigers and Goats is a fascinating board game that was originated in Nepal. With 4 tigers and 20 goats, the aim of the game is to control the board. Either the tigers capture the goats, or the goats encircle the tigers leaving them with no legal move. If 5 or 6 goats are captured, it is considered that the tigers have won the game.

 

Materials

Brass, Pinewood

Board Size

50 X 50 (in cm)

Peg size

Height: 8 cm

Baghchal, the traditional board game re-imagined!

Although the origins of the game are obscure, we came across a version that we like.

Apparently, this fascinating game of strategy was created by a Nepalese princess who had the mind of a probability theorist. Usually found in a travel size, we gave Baghchal the size it deserves as Nepal’s favorite board game.

 

The board game: Baghchal is handcrafted with brass and white metal-chips on a wooden base.

Carefully cut strips of brass fill the routes of the board, carving a trail to allow stories to fill up, with each move that passes by.

Each of the 25 resting points in the Baghchal board is embedded with hand-hammered and hand-cut white metal chips. We gave the pegs of the game the stability it needed with a wooden body, their heads distinct than you find in other Baghchal games, in a two-dimensional form; flat in brass with precise handcrafted features.

 


To enhance the experience of this addictive game, Pia’s BaghChal is entirely handcrafted in wood and brass by skilled artisans in Nepal. Players will enjoy the design and feel of the pieces as much as the cerebral exercise.

Find the rules here, and get ready to play!