Saturday, February 11, 2006

Why Another Backgammon Blog?


"Enough of these Yahoo backgammon dice!" I screamed silently, for what seemed to be the millionth time, to myself and my computer screen tonight.

While Yahoo backgammon can be a pleasant enough place to meet people around the world and have a friendly chat, there are a few things to be said about the lopsidedness of the dice. While online dice are a controversial topic on most backgammon sites, there doesn't seem to be any difference of opinion on Yahoo. Winners and losers. Long-time Yahoo players and Yahoo newcomers. Everyone agrees that these are "Dice With Eyes".

"Enough is enough!" I screamed again at the screen. Finally, tonight, after years of Yahoo's black magic, I have vowed to look elsewhere for a game. Preferably offline with no more discussions on random number generators, artificial intelligence, program senility, and marketing factors built into Java applets.

In all honesty, though, I have no clue if dice in real life ever match the mathematical acrobatics and inprobable perfections of Yahoo dice. And if they do, can they possibly do it as consecutively and consistently as the programmed Dice Demons of Yahell?

Since I tend to be a reclusive introvert, I haven't played on anything more than a virtual backgammon board since there were virtual backgammon boards...and that goes back before Windows, using a text-driven MPG environment. I've forgotten what it feels like to hold a set of dice in my hands; much less the true randomness of the tosses from a cup.

However, as much as I like kibitzing with my bot-like online buddies, I am determined to leave the glowing fluorescence of my current gaming tables in search of warm bodies and real dice. I want to hear dice rattle in a cup. I want to see them hit the table fairly and squarely.

Surely, in the sprawling metropolis where I live, there must still be some sort of club or coffee house to play on a real board with real dice and have real conversation with real people? By the way, I forgot. Exactly what does a real board look like anyway?

I've started this blog to track my progress with discovering other backgammon resources. Maybe my play will improve with real dice and maybe it won't. But maybe in my searching, I'll find other keys to smarter play. If you're a backgammon player, then this blog's for you.

This blog is set so that anyone can leave a comment--not just registered users--so please post back. Thanks.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Real said...

For the first draft of a blog, it seem that it will be a nice one! I will come to read you sometime, I add your blog in my "Blogs à découvrir" :)

It was nice to play with you, I hope to share again this trip!

(tofreal)

2/17/2006 1:01 AM  
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ohh this is really nice post. you have given a great research. can you plz tell that is backgammon game is played in iphone?

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