What are the differences between backgammon boards?

Other than obvious cosmetic differences such as size, material used and cost, you will find that backgammon boards all contain the same features. Some may unfold, acting as the storage container as well as the board. All backgammon tables must show 12 triangles which connect to the outside edge and point inwards. These must be in two alternating colours to show where the pieces (checkers) are placed. These are called points and total 24 in all.

Each point is numbered from 1 to 24 during play, though no numbers are visible on physical backgammon boards. This is because the players move in opposite directions, so number 1 for player A is number 24 for player B. Online backgammon boards may be numbered. This is because each player sees only their own screen and so their usage does not cause confusion for their opponent.

All backgammon boards require a bar in the centre that divides the home (inner) board from the outer board. They differ in appearance and some may sit on a ridge if the board also acts as storage for the pieces, but will serve the same function.

All backgammon boards must contain at least 30 checkers in 2 colours, though many contain a few more for spare. A pair of spotted dice will accompany all sets, as they are integral to the game, determining the amount of moves each player can make. A dice with the numbers 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 is also required for tactical play.

Now you know the requirements of backgammon games, you can choose a functional one that suits you. Remember, colour and size are of no importance to the game, so long as the areas are marked clearly and the game can be played without hindrance.


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