Backgammon is on of my favorite games so I thought I’d discuss a few pointers here. Backgammon is a beautiful game because while the rules are pretty simple and can be learned in a few minutes, it’s a very deep game with a lot of different things to learn and master. Let’s look at a few of those.
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In almost every game I can think of one of the hallmarks of a good player is aggressiveness. In fact, I actually can’t think of a single game where being aggressive isn’t a good thing. Whether it’s pinochle, poker, backgammon, basketball, or anything else, aggression is generally the way to go. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to always keep the pedal to the metal; sometimes you have to back off a bit and slow down.
I had a request for some Backgammon related posts, so I thought I’d start by discussing the back game.
I was first taught Backgammon by a friend who had learned it from a guy he worked with. Of course my friend didn’t know anything about the game since he had just learned it, but it took me a few years to figure out that the guy who taught him didn’t really know what he was doing either. He had told my friend that there are basically two ways to play: the front game and the back game. The front game involved racing your pieces home as quickly as possible and the back game involved hanging back and trapping your opponent as he tries to bring his pieces around.
When you’re lucky enough to gather up a group of friends for a game day finding a game to play isn’t difficult. There are many great fun games out there meant to be played in a group setting. In fact, oftentimes you’ll have the problem of too many games too choose from and not enough time to play them all! But when it’s just you and a friend or your significant other your choices are a lot more limited. I’d like to list some of the best 2 player games I know and what makes them fun to come back to again and again.
My idea for this post is to just give some quick tips that will be helpful for various games. I’m writing these assuming you’ve played the game in question, so if you haven’t they probably won’t make much sense, but then again a lot of games are similar, so they might be useful after all. These are meant more for beginning or average players, so if you’re really good at a given game these tips probably won’t be all that helpful.