This week on Board Game Gifts we are going pay some homage to a board game that may be the first board game mentioned in history. This game that has been widely played worldwide in countries including Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and Turkey for many millenniums with its very own seal of approval from Mr. Locke from Lost is Backgammon.


How do you play?

In this two-player game the goal could not be any simpler. One player races the other player to be the first to move 15 of their pieces from one side of the board to the opposite side and off the board. Here is a more detailed blurb from Board Game Geek:

Each player has a set of 15 “men” that must be moved from their starting positions, around, and then off the board. Dice are thrown each turn, and each player must decide which of his men to move based on the outcome of the roll. Players can capture each other’s men, forcing the captured men to restart their journey around the board. The winner is the first player to get all 15 men off the board.

Why is Backgammon such a great game to gift?

There are three key reasons that Backgammon makes such a great gift to give to anyone:

  • First of all, it is a game of strategy that is very easy to understand and play since there are such a few number of rules involved .
  • When one owns Backgammon, one literally owns a piece of history which is pretty darnĀ  cool.
  • Finally this is one board game I can call a classic because if a game can stay popular for over five thousand years, it deserves to called a classic.

Try out this boardgame for timeless fun!

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