For whatever reason, don’t ask me why, I can never remember how to setup a game of backgammon. I always get confused which triangles contain how many number of checkers and which order they go in. It’s a simple thing, I know, but I just never seem to be able to remember the correct set up.
So I generally just rely on my opponent to come up with the set up. Then there’s usually an argument that follows as their set up doesn’t look right to me. Yep, backgammon is character building in lots of different ways.
Here’s a picture of the set up of the backgammon game we play and what I’ve been brought up with. As you can see, it’s very simple and once committed to memory (something I should work on), game set up takes less than one minute.
In this backgammon set up picture, the white player’s home is the bottom right hand corner whilst the red player’s home is the top right hand corner. In other words, the white player begins moving from the top right hand corner to the bottom right hand corner and the red player begins moving from the bottom left hand corner to the top left hand corner.
As depicted by the professionally drawn lines in the above picture, the red line shows the direction of play for the red player and obviously the white line shows the direction of play for the white player.