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Issue Number 63
May 2008
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Adventures in Backgammon Yahoo (BGY)

~ Submitted by LittleVillage08

My Yahoo Backgammon adventures began about 6 months ago upon when remembering that I used to play as a child, I signed up for yahoo games. The next thing I did was read the rules and basic strategy that the site provided. Their explanation of how to use the doubling cube didn’t go into complicated detail, but seemed simple enough to cover the basics and some beginner strategy.

Arriving in my first lobby, I looked at the tables to join and could not figure out why everyone was playing these enormous matches to 101 pts. It seemed absolutely ludicrous! And when I sat down to play, I would very quickly find myself being harassed by other players who insisted that I double the cube immediately! I would then of course, in all newbie sincerity, reply with something along the lines of, “Why would I do that now? It is not in my best interest to double now.”, which would only infuriate my opponents more. As comical as it seems now, it’s likely that anyone who came from a traditional gammon cubing background would have experienced similar interactions to that described above.

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