Traditional Board Games

Fidchell: Ancient Celtic Irish Boardgame of Escape & Capture; Handcrafted Wooden Traditional Game, Customizable, Woodburned Art - Fidhcheall



$175.00

  • Details
    Fidchell was an ancient Celtic board game, deeply rooted in the history of the Irish and Welsh alike. The circular version of the game is a more modern realization of the original, based upon our knowledge of Celtic symbolism, mythology, and even the ancient Celtic calendar. The game itself is intensely challenging despite its simple premise, and has a high potential of repeated and variable play. Each Fidchell game board is created as a functional piece of art with heirloom potential, built to last for generations - a splendid way to spend quality time with a friend or family member.

    • MADE TO ORDER
    • HANDCRAFTED with pyrographed artwork
    • LEAD TIME: 3-4 weeks (from time of purchase to shipping day; timeframes can be affected by workload, holidays, etc. – please inquire if a specific due date is needed)
    • FREE SHIPPING for domestic U.S. orders
    • WOOD TYPES AVAILABLE: Ash, Cherry, Maple [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    (all woods are finished with a natural, non-pigmented stain, then sealed with a satin lacquer)
    • EDGE STYLES AVAILABLE: Burnt, Carved, Plain, Trimmed [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    • ARTWORK AVAILABLE: 12 designs [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    Custom artwork requests always welcome!
    • MEASUREMENTS: 15x15x1 inches [LxWxH] (completed/assembled product)
    • PLAYING PIECES/PAWNS: 55 wooden marbles (cotton drawstring bag for storage included)
    • UPGRADES / ACCESSORIES:
    Color Enhancements - add colorful details to your board:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/786439555/color-enhancements-upgrade-option-to?ref=shop_home_active_8&frs=1
    • ADDITIONAL NOTES / INFO: Drilled depressions are inlaid with wood(s) complementing the completed board.
    • HOW TO PLAY: The King (or Navel Stone as it is also known - the one larger than the rest) is first placed in the center of the board, where it remains for the majority of the game. Each player starts with 27 'stones'; either White or the loser of the previous game goes first, players taking turns to place one stone at a time into vacant spaces. An enemy piece is captured by trapping it between two opponents. Capturing an enemy's piece grants another turn; this can be repeated any number of times. Captured stones go out of play until the game's end. When there are no more stones to place down, those on the board become free to move along any one line until they meet an obstruction, and capture still entitles another move. At this point, when either player starts to move their pieces, the King stone becomes alive to both of them as a friendly piece, and can be used to capture opposing men. The object for both sides is to create a continuous but not necessarily straight line of their own stones linking the center of the board to the outermost circle. The first to succeed is the winner.
    A rules pamphlet is included with the game.

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    PLEASE NOTE: All of my items are crafted by me, in my home studio and workshop. I am a one-man show, with no ‘production partners’ to help mass-produce any item. Be assured that when you buy an item from me, you are getting a distinctive creation from the original maker.
  • Shipping & Policies

    Shipping from United States

    Processing time

    3-4 weeks

    Estimated shipping times

    • North America : 3 - 5 business days

    I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

    Customs and import taxes

    Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

    Payment Options

    Secure options
    • Accepts Etsy gift cards

    Returns & Exchanges

    I gladly accept returns and exchanges

    Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

    Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

    I don't accept cancellations

    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

    The following items can't be returned or exchanged

    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale

    Conditions of return

    Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Wholesale availability

    Due to the nature of the majority of my work, and the typical amount of business that comes through my shop, wholesale items are not available.

    Custom and personalized orders

    Please contact me before placing an order should you desire customizations not outlined or offered in any particular listing.

    Holiday ordering

    During the Christmas holiday season, I can quickly become VERY busy; typically putting in 12 hour days in order to make holiday shipping deadlines.
    Please plan ahead - I begin taking Christmas orders in late August, but due to workload, I will close the shop to further made-to-order requests the first week of December. Ready to ship items remain listed and ship as stated in their listing.

    Shipping times

    In the case of any custom or Made To Order item, I try very hard to meet the listed production/ship time for the listed item. However, I am a one-man shop, and the handcrafted nature of the work, particularly during busy periods, can cause delays. If you require your item by a specific date, please inquire first. I do not rush the work, as I want each piece to be exceptional and worthy to the person purchasing it. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and of course, your patronage!