Seriously. What are the chances that an ancient board game, thousands of years old would a) survive and b) become a popular (growing) internet game?
For those of us who play and love backgammon, it’s not surprising at all.
And yet online backgammon is now one of the fastest growing online games.
How did this happen? How is it possible? To understand the success of internet backgammon we need to appreciate the nature of the game and the interests of players who compete online.
The backgammon game is a game of skill and strategy, yet at the same time it is very easy to learn, as the many children who take up backgammon clearly indicate.
We’ve gone over the basics many times over the past year of postings, but to be brief, the game is simple, right? The key objective of the contest, to be the first player in a position to remove all their checkers from the board.
The backgammon rules are easily learned, with even the youngest players quickly understanding how to move their checkers in response to the dice throws.
The basics of backgammon strategy such as hitting their foes blots (single checkers) and how to build primes (blockade opposing pieces) are also quickly mastered.
WThe fun of playing this familiar game with fellow backgammon enthusiasts from around the world is without doubt one of the key factors behind the success of online backgammon.
The convenience element is another major advantage.
People value a game that they can play from the comfort of their own home or office, and that they can access at a time that fits in with their schedule.
And you can get a free backgammon download with no need to go out and buy the software.
Even if you do not know how to play backgammon, the wealth of information available on these online sites, and great opportunities for free practice games against backgammon computers, soon put you in the picture.
There is also the gambling aspect. There are a large number of tournaments hosted by online sites.
These contests are often divided into different divisions with players allocated according to their skill and experience.
Even the players eliminated have contests arranged for them and these can also yield significant prize money.
So give it a try my brothers (and sisters). If you like board backgammon, you might easily move into online games. Personally, I LOVE playing against new found friends all over the world.