I’ve said it over and over again.
It’s a brand new world online.
Imagine how players, thousands of years ago, would react to those of us who can play backgammon online 24/7.
They would literally freak out.
Some history, now, is appropriate:
The backgammon board game has been a firm favorite of all ages for at least five thousand years. Even non-players immediately recognize the familiar backgammon set up with the board divided into twenty- four narrow triangular divisions almost invariably colored black and white, the circular black and white checkers and the dice cup and dice. Few other games have achieved such a high profile.
But backgammon’?s popularity has had its ups and downs, for example, the developing of the doubling cube in America in the 1920??s boosted interest in backgammon, in particular the game played in casinos.
By 1980 backgammon was in the doldrums.
Some people associated it with an outdated image and it didn’??t seem in tune with a youth-culture that valued fast moving games with an abundance of noise and action. The appearance on the gaming scene of the Internet backgammon games came just in time to revive backgammonâ??s fortunes.
Internet or online backgammon offers a backgammon download that brings free backgammon onto your computer screen.
Ain’t that cool?
All that the player requires is an Internet connection and they can log into one of sites offering free backgammon and download a virtual backgammon board.
There is no need to spend time arranging the counters since the computer has already made the backgammon setup on your behalf. The attractive appearance of the downloaded backgammon set compares favorably with the latest game sets on sale in the stores.
The speed of the game, and sound effects, and the chance of playing against a powerful backgammon computer appeal to a younger audience who were not drawn to the traditional backgammon game in the local club.
Although some social commentators protest against a generation seeking instant delivery of products or services, the fact remains that the continual availability of backgammon games on the Internet is a major factor encouraging the growing patronization of these sites.
I’m not here to recommend one over the other, so do some research. Rest assured, boards are out there. Waiting for you.