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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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This is a game I played a number of times. It is here, as a bit of an exception to the idea of this Geeklist, because of an element that got added to it. That element is the Doubling Cube. I say an exception, because I have not played yet with the Doubling Cube, but saw some tournament play on Youtube of it. I really like the Doubling Cube as a concept. Here, adding an element from gambling happens to make the game have more strategic depth and one of reading an opponent. Apparently a number of good poker players do well at Backgammon, when the doubling cube is introduced.
 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Game is so much better with the doubling cube, which most people aren't aware of. It was also added here for the variants.
 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Last year: 74 (40)

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.

It’s incredible to see this venerable game jump forty places this year! I’ve only played it a handful of times, humiliating my brother by getting him to accept a double he shouldn’t have (do it immediately after they start to catch up, but you still have the advantage) and taking him to the cleaners for 4 points. I enjoy beating my brother at boardgames a lot more than I probably should.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Version Pictured.

Pretty Beat up. Still need to take full inventory but, this was cool and I didn't want to leave it there.

$2.99 Henrietta GW.

Tape is COVERING the whole box - freaking tape monsters!!
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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new to me this year

I discovered this only this year, although I had always wondered what this oddly marked board which is part of every game collection was used for. It seems not as popular here in Germany as it is in other countries, but if you pay attention to it there are many men sitting in front of shisha bars playing Backgammon or at least some version of Tavla. Very similar games have been widely played since ancient times
+ perfect ratio of luck and tactics
+ extremely swingy and thus interesting until the last second
+ I love the sound of dice falling onto wooden boards
- computer programs are said to play perfectly, this takes away some of the charm of the game
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Cloth board with magnetic pieces. No dice but all the player pieces were there. Maybe one day I will find my Bakelite travel set...


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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Nice. Reversible cloth checkers/backgammon board
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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We sat down last night for a seven-point backgammon game. I've always loved this game, and I still have the set I bought on ship while I was deployed to the Mediterranean while in the Marine Corps. I played a lot of backgammon on that cruise and got pretty good at it.

We split the first two games, but then I pulled ahead in game three and offered a double, which my wife accepted. I then managed to gammon her, netting me a big four-point game.

After a declined double from me and four more wins by my wife, I finally managed to close the series at 7-5. My wife won more games, but I won better games, and fun was had by all.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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OK now for the first of some abstract strategy games that are way more chill than Hive, Six Making, and Chess. Backgammon is LEGIT y'all, but you really ought to play with the doubling cube. It's where the majority of skill and strategy (and wagering if you are so inclined) comes from.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
Jason Strong
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$2.99 from GW hanging bag. Two full sets of Crisloid marbled tournament checkers, 1 3/4 inch in a white pearl swirl and a brown with beige swirl. (similar in style to those shown in this image.

Very pretty...

These list for $32.50 each set.
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Fairly Standard Set in the box

Box is 12" x 12"
Case is about 8" x 12" when closed.



SR $3
 
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
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Although it's an "old person" game, I do love my leatherette carrying case; reminds me of how I felt when I played "office" as a kid. I also like the tactile-ness of physically moving bakelite-esque discs on a felt surface. SS and I didn't play with that funny numbered die, but she did teach me basic rules like putting someone on the bar and rolling exact numbers to place your pieces home. It's not a game I could get GB to play - we're more Royal Game of Ur status coz it's easier - but I would never turn down a game. Unfortunately, it's yet another game that requires a specific kind of person to play with or risk hurt feelings/bad blood.
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Eighteenth Category: The Greatest Abstract Ever Made

The greatest game is GO, ok. I have that but it melts my brain too much. I like many other abstract games much more. I have also checkers, chess, mancala,
 
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3M edition. Unplayed. Looks like the shrink was removed and it sat in a closet for 40 years. Couldn't pass at $1.99. GW
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Found this vintage Aqua Play inflatable Backgammon set at Interfaith for $1.50 and after opening the shredded box discovered it has never been played.

This oddity is designed to float in the pool or hot tub while you enjoy a game and some beverages... it includes drink holders! This must have been sitting in somebody's dusty garage for decades.

Don't ask me what I'm going to do with it; I have neither pool nor hot tub and I haven't played Backgammon in this century.
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Favourite abstract strategy game

Possibly my favorite game of all time, mostly because of nostalgic reasons. My sister and I figured out basic strategy on our own by playing countless games on a tiny magnetic board in the back seat of the (nasty) Skylark.
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Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1079]
Ezequiel Genender
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