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Backgammon Variants

Fayles

This game (also spelled "Fails") was played in Spain and England from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century.

Setup: Each player starts with two checkers on the opponent's one-point and thirteen checkers on his own six-point.

To start: Each player rolls one die and the higher number goes first. That player then rolls both dice again to begin his first turn.

Play: Three dice are used in this game. Checkers are moved according to the numbers on the dice. You can make three moves with three different checkers, or you can make two or all three moves with the same checker.

There is no such thing as "doubles."

Hitting: If you land on an opponent's blot, that blot is placed on your 1-point (not on the bar) and the hit checker must travel around the board again.

You may not hit your opponent if your 1-point is blocked, so you should exercise caution about making your 1-point too early in the game.

End of game: You must always play all three numbers of the dice. If you roll a number that you cannot play, you lose the game.

The first player to bear off all his checkers wins.

Differences from Backgammon
     
  • Players start with 2 checkers on opponent's 1-point and 13 checkers on their own 6-point.
  • Three dice are used. There is no such thing as "doubles."
  • A player who cannot play all three numbers thrown loses the game.

References

  • R. C. Bell: Discovering Backgammon.
  • H. J. R. Murray: A History of Board-Games other than Chess; Oxford University Press, Oxford, England; 1951 (page 123).

Backgammon Variants
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Ace-Mid Switch
Acey-Deucey
American Acey-Deucey
Backgammon to Lose
Backgammon 1931 Rules
Backgammon 1969 Rules
Backgammon 1970 Rules
Blast Off
Blocking Backgammon
Chasing the Girls
Chouette
Crazy Narde
Domino Backgammon
Doublets
Duplicate Backgammon
Dutch Backgammon
Eureika
European Acey-Deucey
Fayles
Fevga
French Backgammon
Gioul
Grande Trictrac
Grasshopper
Greek Acey-Deucey
Greek Backgammon
Gul Bara
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Hyper-backgammon
Irish
Jacquet
LongGammon
  Ludus Lumbardorum
Mexican Backgammon
Misere Backgammon
Moultezim
Nackgammon
Narde
Never-Finishing Game
Old English Backgammon
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Plakoto
Plakoto Express
Poof
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Roman Backgammon
Roll-Over
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Russian Backgammon
Shesh Besh
Snake
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Tavla
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