What is a Backgammon in the game of backgammon?
Backgammon. A game in which one player bears off all of his checkers while his opponent still has one or more checkers on the bar or in the winner's home board, counting for triple a normal game. Sometimes called a "triple game".
Why is it called backgammon?
It has its roots in the Roman Empire. After a lengthy tour of various versions of the game through the middle east and Asia, it showed up in England in the 16th century. The name "backgammon" is most likely derived from "back" and Middle English "gamen", meaning "game" or "play".
How do you set up a backgammon board?
To set up a backgammon board, give each player 15 checkers and have them place 2 on their 24-point. Next, place 5 checkers on the 13-point, 3 checkers on the 8-point, and the 5 remaining checkers on the 6-point.
How do you get off the bar in backgammon?
For example, if one or more of your checkers are on the bar, you cannot bear off any checkers, even if all of your other checkers are on your home board. You may bear off a checker by rolling the number that corresponds to the point on which that checker resides.