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Backgammon : A Game of Kings (video game)

By Gamer, Retro

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Book Id: WPLBN0003466820
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File Size: 1.00 MB
Reproduction Date: 9/1/1980

Title: Backgammon : A Game of Kings (video game)  
Author: Gamer, Retro
Language: English
Subject: Games of strategy, Education, Games of strategy
Collections: Interactive Media, Education
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Publisher: GameRoom
Member Page: Retro Gamer


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Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before his opponent. Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world. Although luck is one of the determining factors in the outcome, strategy plays a more important role in the long run.[1] With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. In variants that originate from early 20th century New York, players may raise the stakes during the game. There is an established repertoire of common tactics and occurrences. Like chess, backgammon has been studied with great interest by computer scientists. Owing to this research, backgammon software has been developed capable of beating world-class human players.

Backgammon was popular in China for a time (Known as "shuanglu 双陆"), with the book 譜雙 written during the Southern Song (1127–1279) period recording over ten variants - but over time it was replaced by other games such as xiangqi (Chinese chess). In Japan ban-sugoroku is thought to have been introduced from China in the sixth century. As a gambling game it was made illegal several times.[48] In the early Edo-era, a new and quick gambling game called Chō-han appeared and sugoroku quickly dwindled. By the 13th century the board game Go, originally played only by the aristocracy, had become popular among the general public.


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