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Many variants described at Backgammon Variants: The most famous variant, to my limited knowledge, is Nackgammon. Nackgammon requires more skill than regular backgammon. The games tend to be quite a bit longer because you cannot easily run your back checkers. It is a positional game, with more emphasis on priming and back games, and less on attacking and ...


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The following is an attempt to address preoccupations described in the first paragraph of the contributor's question. Number of pieces «A race game is one in which players start with one or more pieces at one end of a linear track, advance them in accordance with the throw of dice or other lots, and win by being the first to get from start to home.» (p. 34) «...


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According to Mark Driver's article on the History of Backgammon, the earliest versions had the pieces all start off the board and enter based on the throws of the dice (like pachisi). Back then it went by the name of "tabula" or "board". And then ... following diffusion of the game throughout Asia and Europe, variations in the initial ...


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