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Backgammon is a classic two-player board game that combines strategy, skill, and an element of luck. Players take turns rolling dice and moving their pieces around the board, aiming to be the first to bear off all their checkers. With a history spanning over 5,000 years, backgammon has captivated players across the globe and remains a beloved pastime to this day.


The History of Backgammon


The origins of backgammon can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia, with the oldest known board discovered in modern-day Iraq, dating to around 3000 BC. The game evolved over centuries, spreading through the Persian Empire and gaining popularity in ancient Rome, where it was known as "Tabula." Backgammon later spread throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, becoming a favourite among nobility and commoners alike.

 

Renaissance backgammon board


What's Included in a Backgammon Set?


A complete backgammon set includes everything needed for two players to enjoy the game:


• A backgammon board, typically folding for easy storage, with 24 triangular points in two alternating colours


• 30 checkers (15 of each colour)


• 2 pairs of dice


• 1 doubling cube to keep track of the stakes


• 2 dice cups for shaking and rolling


Our backgammon sets are crafted from premium materials like wood, leather, and mother-of-pearl, ensuring both durability and aesthetic appeal. From compact travel sets to full-size boards, we have options to suit every player's needs and preferences.


How to Play Backgammon


Each player starts with 15 checkers, arranged on the board according to a standard starting position. Players take turns rolling two dice and moving their checkers counter clockwise around the board, aiming to bear off all their pieces before their opponent.

 

Key rules include:


• Checkers can only move to open points or those occupied by your own pieces


• Hitting an opponent's lone checker sends it to the bar, and they must re-enter on their next turn


• Checkers can only be borne off once all of a player's pieces are in their home board
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The doubling cube adds an extra layer of strategy, allowing players to increase the stakes throughout the game. Mastering the nuances of when to double and when to accept a double is key to becoming a skilled backgammon player.

 

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Why Choose Our Backgammon Sets?


When you purchase a backgammon set from us, you're investing in a piece of gaming history and a timeless source of entertainment. Our carefully curated collection features sets that cater to both casual players and serious enthusiasts, with a range of styles and price points to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for a luxurious centerpiece for your game room or a portable set for on-the-go play, we have the perfect backgammon set for you.


Immerse yourself in the world of backgammon with one of our premium sets, and experience the thrill of this ancient game that has captivated players for millennia. With a rich history, simple yet engaging rules, and endless opportunities for strategic play, backgammon is a game that will provide hours of enjoyment for years to come. Order your set today and join the ranks of backgammon enthusiasts around the world!

 

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