What to Look for in Backgammon Board Games

Summer is finally here and you know what that means – garage sales! This is the perfect time to stock up your family’s game shelf by investing in some new games. One downside to purchasing second-hand games is that often there are pieces missing. If you are new to Backgammon board games, then you might not know what to look for. Take a look below at this Backgammon board games check list, so you can ensure the game you buy has everything you need.

The Game Board

Perhaps the most important thing to look for in second-hand Backgammon board games is the actual game board itself. It is usually either rectangular or square shaped and will have 12 triangles painted or printed on each side. They are divided in the middle in order to form two separate playing spaces that each has six triangles per side. The colors of the triangles will vary depending on the set. Try to find a set with a high-quality board. After all, the board is the most important aspect of the game and also what determines the overall quality of your set. Hand-painted wooden boards are often considered to be the best quality, but you can often find high-quality boards that are made out of plastic as well. When you see something you like, go for it!

Counters

These are often additionally called either pawns, stones, chips, men or checkers. Backgammon board games are intended for two players, and a full game will include 15 counters for each player, with 30 in total. A high-quality set will usually include pieces that are made from solid materials, such as glass or stone. Lower quality, cheaper sets will usually have pieces made from plastic.

Dice

What is a board game without dice? Like the majority of popular games, your new Backgammon board should include a pair of dice. If it does not, however, this is no reason to neglect buying the set. Dice can be picked up extremely inexpensively from most stores that sell games. If the rest of the set looks good and dice is the only thing that’s missing, don’t worry. If you enjoy playing a game that is more fast-paced, then you may opt for either two sets of dice or a doubling cube, which is the same as dice but with higher numbers present on each side.

In Conclusion

You don’t need to purchase everything at once. If you find a board in one place that you like a lot, most of the other parts can be purchased separately. It can be a lot of fun to put together your own set when you know everything that you will need. Backgammon board games are a great way to pass the time and have a lot of fun doing it. Whether you want to start playing seriously, as a weekend hobby or even just something to pull out every now and then to play with your family, a good set is essential, and now you know what to look for.

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