Backgammon Variations: Ancient and Middle Eastern

Backgammon Variations: Ancient and Middle Eastern

There are many variations to playing backgammon. Mostly, were influenced by the regions they came from and how they were played.

Middle Eastern Games

FEVGA is a Greek game which is comparable to Narde and Moultezim. The distinguishing aspect of this version is that there is NO HITTING and players can move in similar direction on the board.

GUL BARA is also comparable to Moultezim in which one chip controls one point. In Gul Bara, on the other hands, doubles are quite potent.

GIOUL is originally from Turkey and it is played all over the Middle East. It is comparable to Platoko in set-up and chip movement; similar to Moultezim in forming a block through a single chip on one point; doubles are also potent just like in Gul Bara.

MOULTEZIM is a Turkish game which is comparable to Narde and Fevga. It doesn't employ hitting and players can move in similar direction on the board.

NARDE is a Russian game comparable to Moultezim and Fevga. There's no hitting and players can move in similar direction on the board.

PLATOKO is popular in Greece. What's unique about it is that the opponent's chips are pinned instead of hit, just like in the Bulgarian game, Tapa.

PLATOKO EXPRESS is comparable to Platoko only that when doubles are rolled, a player gets that roll and the subsequent doubles will roll up to a 6-6.

PORTES is another game popular in Greece but quite comparable to Western backgammon.

SHESH BESH originates from Turkey but quite comparable to Western backgammon.

TAPA is quite popular in Bulgaria. It's unique because the opponent's chips are pinned instead of hit, just like in Platoko.

TAKHTEH is Persian backgammon, and it is comparable to Western backgammon.

TAWULA is a Turkish backgammon. In this game, players start at a diagonal on the opposite corners and can move in similar direction on the board.

THE NEVER-FINISHING GAME was invented by Nicholas Frantzis. It is a combination of Platoko where chips are trapped and standard backgammon where chips are hit.

Ancient Games

CHASING THE GIRLS is an ancient game from Iceland that may have been in existence since the Roman times.

DOUBLETS a very old game of luck and it was played at the turn of the century in Iceland.

FAYLES was an ancient game in the 13th to the 17th centuries and was played in England and Spain.

IRISH is perhaps the direct ancestor of the modern backgammon. It existed in the 16th century and was played in some European countries, under various names.

JACQUET was a popular game in France and in some parts of Europe.

TABULA is a 3-dice game that originated in Rome.

TOURNE-CASE was a popular game in 17th century France. In this game, only 3 chips are used per player.

TRICTRAC was also quite popular before the Revolution in France. The game rules were complicated and the objective is to score for specific moves and positions.

   

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