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The classic game of chance and skill that has been fascinating gamesters for over 3,000 years.
Ages: 7 and up
Weight: 413 grams
- folding board
- 30 plastic game pieces: 15 red, 15 white
- 2 dice
Average Rating: 4 in 1 review
I was one of those people who grew up knowing that Backgammon existed, but never playing it. I didn't know how, and frankly didn't care. It looked too much like checkers to me anyway.
When I got married though, my wife taught me the joys of backgammon. I was upset that I hadn't learned it sooner. Backgammon is one of those games that has a lot of luck to it, but enough strategy that it stays interesting.
I like a lot of things about the game of backgammon. The player interaction is very enjoyable. Trying to avoid having a piece captured and trying to capture your opponents adds some tension. I love the flexibility of the game. Anyone from 5 to 105 can easily play, and compete basically on a level playing field.
Backgammon is a rare game where I actually enjoy the randomness of the dice. It's quite exciting to see the whole game flipped upside-down when someone rolls doubles. Also exciting is when you have a single piece lying like a sitting duck waiting to get creamed and you have to hope that your opponent doesn't roll a certain number in order to kill you.
Backgammon is the game that we bring on all family trips and it does a great job of filling the slow times in the hotel room. Two people will start playing and within minutes someone will see them playing and want to play the winner, and then another person will want in on the next game. It just goes on and on, as if we're having an impromptu championship to see who's the best. And each time it's someone different.
If you like backgammon that's great, keep on playing. Maybe buy yourself a fancy set like we have. If you have never tried backgammon, then please at least pick up this very inexpensive edition and give it a try. It could become a favorite for you too.