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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
The MrSean
United States
Wauwatosa
WISCONSIN
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$3 at GW.

3M Bookshelf edition of Backgammon that I didn't know existed. Missing one red die, but I'm sure I have a replacement.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Nathan Markley
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Missouri
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This one traveled with us on vacations quite a bit.
 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Dr. Urza, PhD of Dungeon Crawl
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
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#75

Easily the oldest game on this list. (No, Chess and Go will not be making an appearance. ) It's a surprisingly dynamic game for its age. Unlike Chess and Go, your choices each turn are constrained by what the dice offer you, and you're therefore not limited to rote memorization of openings. That's really only valid for the very first turn in Backgammon, as after that, each game quickly becomes a unique challenge. Despite being sort of a roll-and-move, there's a ton of strategy in backgammon, and the better players will generally prevail. The sheer volume of dice rolling tends to even itself out.

A somewhat more modern (but still 19th century, IIRC!) wrinkle is the doubling cube. It's a brilliant piece of game design, and can be explained simply: At the start of your turn, you may "double". If you do, your opponent is then faced with a choice: They must either resign the game immediately, or agree to double the stakes for whoever ultimately wins. If the double is accepted, that player then gets control of the cube, and subsequently only that player may "redouble". (Because allowing someone to double repeatedly would be dumb.) If a redouble is accepted, thus quadrupling the stakes, the player accepting it may at some point re-redouble (to 8x), and so on.

This feature has a number of interesting effects. First, there's the obvious psychological effect: How much do you think you're winning, and do you think your opponent would accept if you doubled? Is it early enough in the game that the tables could turn and I may be faced with a redouble? A less obvious one is that you're actually more likely to win with control of the cube than without it. This is because with control, you have the ability to double with a large advantage, expecting your opponent to forfeit, and thus shut the door on them. Without it, you're forced to play the game out, and they may make an improbable comeback. (Or even worse, cap one off with a redouble!) Backgammon is a timeless classic.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Chony McChuukface
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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My wife mentioned the other day that she used to play backgammon with her sisters and would like a set like she had growing up. I just happened to find one yesterday. It is very similar to the picture except the lighter discs are more tan.

This may sound crazy, but I have never played backgammon. I figure it would be good for my wife to teach me.

$2.99 at GW
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Eric Portney
United States
Bremerton
Washington
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But then...

then...

on the floor. Off to the side of the games, standing by its lonesome in front of the CD rack, was this nondescript but solid looking tweed briefcase.


Wait a second. That's larger than most mass produced ones, and that's a leather handle. Those are solid, nice brass side popping clasps.

And there's a steel plate mounted on the side that says it's from the Seattle Backgammon Professionals Group.

is...

nooooooooo.

Is this?

Naaaawwwwwwww, it can't be. Could it?

Is this Crisloid?


I open it up inside to see marbled brown and creme bakelite checkers AND marbled dice tumblers!

And embossed into the center dice area: Crisloid
HOLY CRAP!

Not sure what year this is, but it came with two How to Play Backgammon books dated from 1973.

I snatched this beauty up in a heartbeat.

$9.99, Silverdale Goodwill.

My best estimate so far is similar sets on ebay fetch $150-$250. Ish?
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Mr. Ree
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Wisconsin
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Large Crisloid set. Missing the doubling cube and one of the white dice. I was hoping for swirly bakelite stones but these look solid and very un-bakelite-ish. On the bright side the set is very big and impressive so I'll keep it. $5.99 @ GW
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Chony McChuukface
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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Found a couple of things on my way home. First was this at Savers for $1.99

I could not pass it up and it will go on the shelf with my matching Go and Chess bookcase editions.


edit: Missing one red piece. It is a long shot, but does anyone have a parts copy?
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Brent Lindeburg
United States
Goose Creek
SC
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"The Lord of the Rings Backgammon" (not JUST "Backgammon") edition. Game pieces are nice metal rings. Never played. Some scratches in the wooden case. My preciousss...

 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Badger
England
London
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A total of 18 games this month, spread across 8 different games. That's one game every 41.33 hours, with each game being played an average of 2.25 times.

No new games this month. One of my daughters got a bit of an abstract mood going which explain the top two games this month. Backgammon is one of my 10 rated games and I've been playing it for nearly 40 years. As for Xiangqi, I've been playing it on and off for a few years but only against my kids so I suspect I'm very bad at it.

6 plays
Backgammon

3 plays
Xiangqi

2 plays
Beggar My Neighbout
Go Fish
Whist

1 play
Powerboats
Snap
StreetSoccer


Most played games of 2016:
Patience
Backgammon
Go Fish

Most played games overall
Carcassonne
StreetSoccer
Patience

H-index 2016 - 6
H-index overall - 18
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Brent Lindeburg
United States
Goose Creek
SC
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"The Lord of the Rings Backgammon" (not JUST "Backgammon") edition. Game pieces are nice metal rings. Never played. Some scratches in the wooden case. My preciousss...

 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Germán
Argentina
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Kris Diehl
United States
Astoria
New York
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Brent Lindeburg
United States
Goose Creek
SC
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"The Lord of the Rings Backgammon" (not "Backgammon") edition. Some scratches in the wooden case.


 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Jason Hesse
United States
Madison
WI
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I have been playing this longer than most games. Its a fun classic and well worth the shelf space. I am going to group in here my cribbage board, pinochle deck, and general card games like euchre, rook, and dirty clubs.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Simon Maynard
United Kingdom
Exeter
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In my early 20's, after a visit to Egypt, My wife (then fiance) and I got into this game in a big way. Rarely play it now though.
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Mike Jones
United States
Gainesville
Florida
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Games Played from 2016-03-01 to 2016-07-11

x14 Backgammon
x7 Zombie Dice
x6 Vs. System 2PCG
x5 Can't Stop
x4 Gin Rummy
x4 We Didn't Playtest This At All
x4 Utopia Engine
x3 Magic: The Gathering
x3 Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
x3 Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
x3 Codenames
x3 Vs. System 2PCG: The Defenders
x3 Vs. System 2PCG: A-Force
x2 Battle Sheep
x2 Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
T. Nomad
South Korea
Gyeongsan
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So does this one.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Josh Lloyd
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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I've been debating buying a backgammon board for a while but never pulled the trigger. Found a really cool on at the south VV today and so grabbed it. Can't find a picture on BGG but I took some and will add them.









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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Collin Sanderson
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Nice wooden box Lord of the Rings version with metal rings, wooden cups, and map of Middle Earth on the playing surface. Unfortunately missing one ring of each colour, and wooden box a bit beat, but couldn't talk myself out of it. $6 VV NE.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Shannon Smith
United States
California
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Emma "Emma spared no exertions to maintain this happier flow of ideas, and hoped, by the help of backgammon, to get her father tolerably through the evening"
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
David Call
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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$1.99 Goodwill Buckeye, AZ
3M bookshelf edition
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:991]
Grady of Royston Vasey
United States
Eau Claire
Wisconsin
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Found a wooden, small game.
Cost was $1.99 at GW in Menomonie, WI. The doubling die is approximately 9mm.
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Daniel
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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shumyum
United States
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Looks like the seam helped.
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