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In backgammon, why do I lose if I decline an offer of doubles?

Declining an offer of doubles is an automatic loss; that’s one of the key points of how the doubling cube works. A player only makes an offer to double the stakes of the game when they feel they are ...
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In backgammon, why do I lose if I decline an offer of doubles?

In addition to the other answer and great comments, there is another benefit to the doubling rules. If the game continued after declining a double, then EVERY game would have to be played until the ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

While old, we can pretty conclusively say that Backgammon itself was never played by the Romans. Backgammon is a relatively recent iteration belonging to the Tables family of games, the oldest within ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

While it's less likely that modern-looking backgammon sets existed in that time frame, the game of backgammon has its origins much earlier -- it's believed to be as much as 5000 years old, likely the ...
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Alternate layouts for Backgammon: who's studied this?

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 ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

A game with the same board and pieces, Tabula, was played in Rome in the fifth century. It derived from the "Game of Twelve Lines", played around year 0. From Wikipedia: Tάβλι (Tavli), i.e. ...
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Alternate layouts for Backgammon: who's studied this?

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 ...
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Alternate layouts for Backgammon: who's studied this?

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 ...
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