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.


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