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Subject: What is the oldest backgammon strategy writing? rss

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Craig Duncan
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I'm teaching a college course on rule-based reasoning and we are doing a short unit on the history of games. I've created a research scavenger hunt for my students. One group has been assigned to find, among other things, the earliest strategy manual or strategy “article”.

I assume the earliest strategy manual will be for Go. But I am curious what the earliest non-Go manual is. My bet is on chess, though backgammon is a possibility.

I thought I would ask BGGers what the earliest example of a backgammon strategy manual (or article or other kind of writing) is that they know of. That would help me suggest directions in which to look. (I'm interested in backgammon ancestors / relatives like Tabulate and Nard too.)

(I have posted a related but more general query in the BGG General Gaming forum. Apologies for the overlap.)
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Jeff Binning
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These artifacts date back to 3000-1788BC and the rules as well as the use of dice for this game remain unknown. Wooden boards were found in the royal tomb of the Ur al Chaldees, the center of Sumer dated around 2600BC along with tetrahedral dice and are known as The Royal Games of Ur. A set of rules for the backgammon game played at that time was found on some cuneiform tablet dated at about 177BC.


I found this paragraph here:

http://www.gammoned.com/history.html
 
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Colorado_Jeff wrote:
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These artifacts date back to 3000-1788BC and the rules as well as the use of dice for this game remain unknown. Wooden boards were found in the royal tomb of the Ur al Chaldees, the center of Sumer dated around 2600BC along with tetrahedral dice and are known as The Royal Games of Ur. A set of rules for the backgammon game played at that time was found on some cuneiform tablet dated at about 177BC.

Unfortunately (for this discussion), it sounds more like at set of rules rather than a strategy article. Fascinating nonetheless!
 
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I found a site that has more information:

http://www.bkgm.com/

There's a lot available via this site. I found the following link, but there's likely much more. It's a big site, and I only glanced at it.

http://www.gammonvillage.com/backgammon/magazine/article_dis...


 
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