Rules of Backgammon the Game

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In the game of Backgammon, each player rolls the dice to move their pieces closer toward the home space on the board. Understand the rules of the game with information from a game store employee in this free video on board games.

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These are the rules to backgammon. My name is Charles Challey, I work for Games of Berkeley and we sell lots of backgammon sets. Here at this particular board you can see that it's setup and ready to go. The black pieces are trying to get to their home in this space here. The white pieces are trying to get to home to this space here. So the way that the game works is that one player and I'll just say the white player, will start off by rolling their dice and they have a choice here. They can either move one piece, 7 which would mean moving it 3 and then 4 or 4 and then 3 and then the other piece or they can move two separate pieces, one 4 and one 3. So in this particular case, I'm going to say 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 which gets one piece into my home area. At that point it becomes black's turn. Generally speaking each player has their own dice. And this is a 3. So I'm going to move 3 spaces. 1, 2, and 1. Now there are a couple of interesting things that can happen at this point because the white person has their turn so let's just say for the sake of argument that I rolled a 4. At that point the white player can move 1, 2, 3, 4 and hit this piece up to the center. This is an important part of the game and what it will allow you to do and then just the other piece can go 1, 2, 3 and have another one there. In order for the black player to move any of their other pieces, they need to first get this one back down to their starting area. So this is a 6 and a 1. Now this is very fortunate for the black player because the spaces are numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 which means that the black player can put his piece right there and now can has a 6 to move, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The last thing that I'll show you is when the white player or any player for that matter, rolls doubles. Any time you roll doubles you count the dice two times. So you can either move one piece 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 well I couldn't move there because it's blocked. But I can go 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 and I can have another piece go 1, 2, 3, 4 and that leaves me one more 4 which means I can go 1, 2, 3, 4. Again this happens anytime you roll doubles. Those are the basic rules of backgammon, I hope you enjoy playing.


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