A History Check on Backgammon

Do you know the history and background of backgammon? Do you know the materials used in this ancient artifact? Who is behind this brilliantly designed game? Has the rules changed from its original concept? The advent of this game led to many enjoyable varieties of games today. In order to learn backgammon we need a little knowledge about the history of this ancient game.

Backgammon is one of the oldest games known in history. Mesopotamia, an ancient city, is said to be the origin of the game. The game is played with a board made of wood. Small rocks or stones where used as men or checkers. Backgammon's numbered dice were made from history's lush, ancient matter.

It is said that noble and royal people where the ones playing backgammon. Artifacts were uncovered by an archeologist that clearly states that it is popular to nobility and aristocrats all over the regions of Persia, Greece, Far East, and Rome.

History said that the Romans introduced this game to the British Isles in the 1st Century A.D. Backgammon was dubbed "Tables" by the Romans and made it familiar to the locals. The word "Backgammon" was derived from the English words: "Bac gamen" that means "Back Game". Historians refer it as to the re-entry of men or checkers inside the bar, or the advanced version of playing backgammon referred commonly as "Back Game".

Edmond Hoyle, an Englishman, was the first to compose a set of rules for Backgammon and the person responsible to publish a comprehensive guide to it. The game's popularity rose greatly because of this and it spread like wild-fire in all Europe's continent. Several versions of the game emerged in history. An example is the "Tric-Trac originated from France and in Germany the variation is "Puff", which is all based from Hoyle's rule design.

The Backgammon's basic set of rules was unchanged till 1931 until its revision which lead to the rules we currently play this time and age. It is this sheer customization that made the revolutionary ancient game to the modern world.

Today, the Backgammon has several varieties which are the same model of the board and amount of checkers long before when history has to turn its pages. The variations are as follows: "Tabard", "Kotra", Greek style "Plakot", "Acey-Deucey", Arabic styles "Jioul" and a multi-player-game "Chouette".

Do you know the history and background of backgammon? Do you know the materials used in this ancient artifact? Who is behind this brilliantly designed game? Has the rules changed from its original concept? Should you be asked what the fundamentals of the game and its origin were, you could impress your friends with this brief history of the game.


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