People have been playing backgammon for over 5,000 years. Some things just never go out of style.
My father taught me how to play backgammon when I was young, and I’ve loved it ever since. It involves problem solving, math skills, luck, and strategic planning. It is a two-person game whose origins can be traced back 5,000 years. If you’d like to take it up, here are some sets to choose from.
This backgammon set is cheerful, bright, and made from cardboard, paper, and acrylic. The board is 15” x 10.5”. The website says it is appropriate for ages 5 and up, but I think backgammon is a more sophisticated game, so would advise not starting until age 8 or so. $45.00
This travel leather backgammon set is made by Okapi from sustainably sourced blesbok leather in South Africa. The hardware is 18K gold plated, and it has a snap closure and a zip pocket for the pieces and the doubling cube. It is 14.2” x 11.8”. It looks beautiful. $280.00.
Backgammon Board Creations are 16” x 20” tabletop custom boards made with your choice of designer fabrics under glass in a wood frame. You can also supply your own fabric. Included with the set is a matching cannister with playing pieces, dice, and dice cups. Prices range from $325.00 – $495.00.
In this backgammon set by Printworks, a Swedish design company, two thin acrylic boards cover the playing area. These playing boards are meant to be displayed on coffee tables and either played on or appreciated for their beauty. Printworks Backgammon sets are $47.00 each.
This is a delightful, colorful backgammon board design. It is made of beechwood and comes with 30 game pieces and five dice in a black fabric bag. It is 1” H x 19.5” W x 18” D. MoMA Design Store $99.00.
This backgammon set is woven in genuine leather and lined in soft suede with leather inserts. Metal weighted chips, resin dice and shakers come in a suede drawstring pouch. It has a hinged opening and handles for carrying. It is 3” H x 15.5” L x 18” W when opened. It comes in Sapphire or Chocolate Brown. Ben Soleimani $550.00.
Sabah makes the most wonderful soft leather shoes, and now they are offering leather backgammon sets, made in Istanbul. Each set measures 12.5” x 2.5” x 9.25”. It comes with two sets of dice, and a doubling cube in a custom Sabah dust bag. It comes in five colors. $350.00.
This leather and suede backgammon set also comes in a camel color. It is 15” L x 2” H x 10” W. It comes with 30 backgammon chips and four dice. It can be custom monogrammed. $169.00.
If you’d like to play on your smart phone, the app I play is called Backgammon Deluxe, for iOS devices only.
For iPhone click here.
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