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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Daniel Coats
United States
Santee
California
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$4.95 Amvets Spring Valley, CA.
It's a neat miniature briefcase with some kind of 70's orange cloth exterior. Complete with a booklet on "Backgammon Essentials"
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
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Looks like the seam helped.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
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My favorite find of the week was a large briefcase style backgammon set for $10 at Savers in Scottsdale. It was a cork lined one and the pieces were bakelite (cherry and butterscotch). All in very good condition and complete. Looks like this:



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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Andrew Brown
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I have to give the nod to my most played game. Currently living in Jordan, and I have found many kindred spirits here. Many of my co-workers now play; many of whom learned the game from me. Purchasing a nice board in Istanbul this past fall helped increase the amount of play Backgammon got as well.

As for the game, I've already mentioned my love of probability and spatial mechanisms. Backgammon does this in a game that is both strategic and accessible.

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Rick Goudeau
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Backgammon - classic abstracts, There is something about abstracts, that lends to 2 player, probably because of the emphasis on strategy.

Chose Backgammon as my example since my wife and I began playing this a while ago, in fact when we were dating, which was quite a while ago. I still remember playing on a picnic table by a lake. When the weather turns nice, we still go to a near by park to play a round or two. Good memories as well as good gaming.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Maarten D. de Jong
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I've begun gaming bootcamp of my recently-turned-3 minion with several games from papa's big closet of games. The minion, pictured here, was started off with Backgammon. He absolutely adores the idea of a suitcase of sorts which opens up into this weird patterned ... thing, with a few dice and lots of discs. After many hours of just counting stones, storing all sorts of other things in the case, I began a simple race game: start with a single disc out at the 12 and 13 points, roll the die, count the pips, and move the disc towards their holding container, bearing off if necessary. He did this rather well for like five or six stones, and after that he got bored.

A few days later I brought out a case of Mahjong: he really liked the Dragons, especially the White one (for it was just as white as the stone, so you couldn't see it). I fondly remember my mother explaining this to me when I was just a little older than my son is now... history turns full circle meeple . In the end we couldn't do much more than look at the tiles and play with the point sticks, of course. We'll resume training in a few more weeks.

We have also been playing Rainbow Towers extensively. The minion plays according to the rules, although at times his enthusiasm gets the better of him in that he immediately re-rolls when an outcome is not usable. I've calculated that the mean number of rolls needed to complete a tower is just under 15... just so know when you're in a hurry and your own minion Really Wants you to play.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Gradual Devotee
United States
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Wisconsin
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Found another bookshelf game at GW in EC, WI. Paid $3.99 for the version pictured.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Sarah Gobrecht
United States
Findlay
Ohio
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Large well played condition....missing one black blot cry
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Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
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This is an opened, but unplayed multigame set of backgammon, poker deck, checkers, and chess. It's a bright orange case, it has a nick, and I started to peel off the little electronic sticker as well and it started to rip the cover, so I stuck it back on. Why on earth they would stick this directly onto the game and not the shrink wrap I have no idea...
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Jester3380439
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Evergreen
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Started playing this in junior high as part of a board game club.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
andy scott
United States
Saint Louis
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Pretty nice set for $2 GW. Green felt and with a Green antique map on the case.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Mike Smith-Stoe
United States
Maple Valley
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Gabriel Ninô
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
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Wilko
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Jeffrey Allers
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Backgammon is the other game that I initially brought with me, as it is also fairly well-known in the Arab world, although not as well-known as Chess.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Tony Ackroyd
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Backgammon (R1)
Blood Bowl: Team Manager (R3)
Chinatown (R3)
Colt Express (R3)
Food Chain Magnate (R2)
Roads & Boats (R3)
San Juan (R3)
Vinhos (R3)
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Kirk Groeneweg
United States
Clear Lake
Iowa
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A pretty short list for me this week. On Monday, I took a bunch of backgammon boards that I have accumulated from the thrift store to the Boy Scout meeting. I took the last 1/2 hour of the meeting to have the boys that knew how to play teach the boys that did not know how to play (with leaders helping as well). Then sent the games home with the boys that were there. It was fun seeing the boys help each other and learn the game.

After getting home from the meeting, my son and I played two more games. We each won one of them. Might have to be a rematch soon!


On Wednesday, my work buddy came over for our weekly game night but this time he brought his wife along (which is good). She's not a hard core gamer, so I brought out something on the "funner" side. My son joined us for a game of Bohnanza. Neither of them had played before but they caught on quickly. My son is famous for trying to come up with outrageous trades, so that added some spice to the game.


We had a little time life, so I grabbed something on the lighter/shorter side, For Sale. The bidding was furious as we tried to get the best houses.
I think my co-workers wife had a good time and hopefully she'll continue to join us from time to time.

Have a great week everyone!
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Perhaps due to the competitive betting scene that has surrounded backgammon, most competitive players demand nothing less than precision backgammon dice. Although the dice have rounded corners, they are milled (not tumbled like most dice). Each face of the die is a (near) perfect circle. They roll easily and near perfectly.

Most dime-store backgammon sets, however, use cheap tumbled dice. Sometimes they are made of wood, which is generally viewed as a bad material for dice because of its uneven density.

My cheap set came with cheap dice. 16mm tumbled. .002" difference. Not exactly precision.

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The most precise and consistently sized d6 dice (under 19mm). Because their size is most similar to the dice you typically get in board games, I treat these as the standard. If a die in a board game has a dimension greater than .0002" than another, I consider it "off."
Here is an assortment of 9/16" (14mm) d6s. The difference between the largest and smallest dimensions:
6x .0001"
4x .0002"

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Koplow also makes precision backgammon dice. I don't have a set. If you do, please submit your measurements below.
 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:964]
Benjamin Johnson
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Murray
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Box has small tear, all components in great condition. All bamboo construction
 
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Tony Ackroyd
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Brighton
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Backgammon (R1)
A Distant Plain (R2)
Attika (R2)
Cacao (R2)
Core Worlds (R2)
Empires in Arms (R2)
Ground Floor (R2)
Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (R2)
Loopin' Louie (R2)
Mr. Jack Pocket (R2)
Pirate's Cove (R1)
Rise of Empires (R2)
Spyrium (R2)
The Gallerist (R2)
Tragedy Looper (R2)
Winner's Circle (R2)
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Benjamin Johnson
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Nice all bamboo set in great condition. $2.00 at DI
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My only other find was a Backgammon set for $6.60 (it was 20% off). It is called Los Gatos Backgammon. It is in a glass class and looks like this:





Oh if you thought that the pieces were Bakelite, you would be right. Which makes this a very expensive set (I should get north of $100 for it).
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Kyle
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San Diego
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$3.95 Amvets Spring Valley. Fairly standard set but I've been having a heck of a time trying to find one for some reason, now that I'm actually looking to learn the game. It's missing two brown checkers, fingers crossed that the Spare Parts list will help.

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/182994/item/4418436#item4...
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Ken Chadwick
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Between having to work during the blizzard - and having to shovel snow afterwards - there wasn't much chance of getting any games played this weekend.

But we did get a pair of 2-player games to the table:

First up was Rack-O, which we both enjoy but hadn't played in quite a while.

We wrapped up the weekend with two games of Backgammon.

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