Backgammon Game Rules
Backgammon is one of the most popular board games played throughout
the world. A game of luck as well as skill, backgammon can be
played as a harmless game between friends, or as a serious competition
Joining the Game
The game will not begin until two players join.
The first player to join is designated the 'leader'
and uses the white pieces. The second player uses the black pieces.
The players take alternate turns in starting the game. The leader
starts the first game, the second player starts the next game,
and so on.
The rolling of dice takes place on the right-hand side of each
player's board. To roll the dice, the player presses the
Pieces are moved by first choosing the column in which the piece
is located, and then choosing the piece's destination column.
Moving a piece to an 'illegal' position will not be
permitted. The Cursor will change shape when the player chooses
a legal destination column. A player moves legally when the pieces
moved correspond to the numbers shown on the dice, and when the
destination column is either empty or occupied by an opponent's
When moving, a player cannot combine the numbers of each die and
move in one go: the move must be divided into 2 parts according
to each die, and move each die in single steps.
If there is no option to move, the turn automatically passes to
the second player.
If there is an option to move, the player must move a piece.
If there is only an option to move one piece, the player must
make the biggest possible move.
When a player lands on a column holding an opponent's single
piece, there will be an animation of the piece 'disappearing',
and it will reappear on the bar in the middle of the board. Taken
pieces remain on the bar until released by a player.
If one or more pieces are on the bar, a player cannot continue
to play until all the pieces are 'released'. A piece
is released when a number is rolled which can place the piece
back on the board in the opponent's home quadrant. A special
animation will accompany the release of a player's piece.
If a player takes an enemy piece upon release, there will be an
animation indicating the taking of the enemy's piece, followed
by an animation of the release of the player's piece.
If the player cannot manage to release a taken piece, or all the
columns in the starting quadrant are taken by the opponent, the
turn automatically passes to the second player.
Taking Pieces Off the Board
A player can only take pieces off the board when all the player's
pieces are located in his/her quadrant. A piece is taken off by
choosing it and placing it in the repository.
There will be an animation accompanying the removal of pieces.
Ending the Game
The winner of the game is the first player to remove all of
his/her pieces from the board. There will be an animation to indicating
Gammon - When a player removes all his/her pieces
before the second player removes his/her first piece.
Backgammon - When a player removes all his/her pieces
before the second player has removed any pieces, and has either
a piece on the bar or in the opponent's home quadrant.
In addition, the leader can begin a new game at any stage
Players may stop/continue animations by pressing the Visual
Players may stop/continue voice effects by pressing the Sound