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Looking into the past

Backgammon is a popular board game especially meant for two players. It derived its name from the word “back” and a Middle English term “gamen” which means “game” or “play.” The earliest use of the word was in 1650 as documented by the Oxford English Dictionary. The game is played by moving pieces or checkers […]

History Tells Us…Backgammon Will be Around Forever (YEA!)

I was pouring through some old books about ancient games and of course, came across backgammon, my favorite game. Did you know that throughout the history of backgammon, the Church attempted various times to ban the game, but constantly failed. Cardinal Woolsey, in the 16th century, ordered all the boards burned, calling the game “the devil’s folly.” Burning the boards was […]

Tawla, or Backgammon in Iran is Very Popular Too (of Course)

How often do you hear that backgammon is not just one of the world’s oldest games, but is still played (perhaps in variation) around the world today. Take Tawla. Tawla is one of the oldest and most famous backgammon strategy games in history, as well as a staple in Egyptian cafes, along with Turkish coffee.

Best Game Ever? Backgammon of Course. It’s Been Played for Centuries.

Every once in a while I like to crow about backgammon, in my mind, one of the best games ever invented. What’s my evidence? Time, dude. How can a game be so popular for so long to so many people if it ain’t the best thing ever. The origins of backgammon are traced back thousands […]

Backgammon 24/7; the Joys of Playing the Game Online. All You Need Do is Download

I’ve said it over and over again. It’s a brand new world online. Imagine how players, thousands of years ago, would react to those of us who can play backgammon online 24/7. They would literally freak out. Some history, now, is appropriate: The backgammon board game has been a firm favorite of all ages for […]

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