The Basic Contents of a Backgammon Set
For those of you just getting interested in backgammon, but are yet to play, this is
what a decent backgammon set should contain. Obviously, a backgammon kit contains a board.
This is divided in half by a large, often raised, line. If you or your opponent is `hit',
you'll place your counter there. On each side will be twelve triangles or points. These
face each other in groups of six and are alternating in colour. However, even relatively
new players will visualise the board as four different sections, often known as bases.
Traditionally, a backgammon kit will come with four regular die, one doubling dice
(with faces of 2,4,8,16,32 and 64) and two dice shakers. This is because each opponent
should use his own die and shaker. Many serious players even keep their own personal die
and shaker. Finally, there will be thirty counters or pieces, fifteen of each colour, and
these colours should match the colour of the points of the backgammon set. The doubling
die is used to increase the stakes, and is explained in the rules.
Prices for a backgammon set vary from the dirt cheap to the exceedingly expensive. A
simple cardboard backgammon set, with a plastic shaker and die made from cheap plastic can
be bought for a couple of dollars or less. But, without a doubt, it is worth paying a bit
for an open box wooden backgammon kit. That way, you can really roll the die, without
having to go and look for them afterwards. A good backgammon set is an investment and
should be considered by all players who want to take the game seriously.