The story of Backgammon

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There are tons of awesome board games that have been created throughout history. Famous names like Monopoly, Chess, and Trivial Pursuit have dominated the world of board games for a long while. But, there are some games that are just as popular and interesting but don’t always receive the same level of attention and focus. Backgammon is just one of those games!

This is heaps of fun and a game that can be enjoyed by pairs all over the world. As one of the oldest games ever, backgammon involves a large amount of skill and no shortage of luck. Backgammon has actually been the subject of intense study by computer scientists, and there are even computer programs now capable of beating world-class backgammon players. So, let’s look a little closer, and find out more about the story of backgammon.

Origins

The origins of backgammon show us that it is one of the oldest existing board games, alongside Chess. The game can be traced back to Mesopotamia, and clocks in at around 3,000 BC as a date! In fact, it is thought that early dice made of human bones were found, around 10 years ago, confirming this timeline. The game then progressed throughout the world and was picked up by the Roman Empire, where it evolved and developed a few more rules. Backgammon eventually made its way to the UK in the 16th Century and landed on American shores as late as the 1920s.

How to play

Backgammon is a strategy game involving a board and counters, where players aim to win the game by moving all their counters to their side of the board and bear them off, before the opponent. You start the game with 15 counters each, which should be laid out along the 24 different triangles on the board. Players roll a dice and move their counters the number of spaces shown on the dice. The player who winds up getting all of their counters into their home area first will win the game. However, there are tactics and strategies that can be employed to make the game a little more complex.

Tactics

One of the best tactics in backgammon is hitting your opponent’s counters. This is where, say, you roll a 3, and your opponent has a counter 3 spaces away. You can use your 3 moves to move to their triangle and hit their counter, causing it to be positioned in the center of the board. When this happens, they will need to move it from the center into their home area before making another move. Rolling doubles is another important thing to talk about because this means you count the dice as double the double (meaning if you get six and six, you get four sixes to use)!

Backgammon can seem like a pretty complicated game, but, after a few turns of playing, you will certainly get more used to it. Once you pick up the rules, it is a lot easier to get the hang of, and there are actually plenty of tutorials out there on YouTube. Find out as much as you can about backgammon, and work toward making this your new favorite game. You’ll be surprised how addictive it is!

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