Baghchal (“goats & tigers”)
A traditional game from Nepal
- Board has 25 points (where lines meet).
- Player G has 20 goats (white), off the board.
- Player T has 4 tigers (black) on corner points.
Tigers try to capture goats. Goats try to block tigers.
When 5 goats are captured or when tigers cannot move
Goats placing phase
- G starts by placing a goat on a point on the board.
- T moves a tiger one step along a line or captures a goat by jumping over it along a line. Captured goats are removed from the board.
Repeat the above, until all goats are placed on the board.
During this phase goats are not allowed to move.
Goats moving phase
Once all 20 goats have been placed, player G moves a goat on each turn.
Goats can move one step along a line on the board.
Player T continues to move a tiger or jump over a goat on each turn, just as before.
- A tiger can only jump over one goat at a time, landing on the empty point right behind the goat.
- Tigers cannot jump over tigers.
- Tigers do not have to jump.
- Goats cannot jump at all.
Goats should initially be placed on safe points on the edge of the board.
Goats next to each other on the board edge protect each other.