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Choose roll vs. double roll
> I am looking for some new ways to play Backgammon. I have checked the
> FAQ and all (?) the backgammon sites on the web and was wondering if
> there are any other interesting variations or interesting house rules
> that havent been posted.
The most interesting variation I've played is this:
Dice are rolled to see who will move first.
The players then alternate turns with the following "roll" rules in effect.
One player is allowed to choose any roll he/she likes except doubles. They
merely announce their "roll" and play it.
The other player rolls normally -- but gets to roll and move twice. Then
the first player again can play any roll except doubles.
The strategies are quite interesting. The double rolling player has a big
race advantage. They have the advantage of two rolls, plus their doubles
The "roll choosing" player invariably hits any blot they choose to. They
call also quickly build blocks and primes.
The game is best played with the two players alternating which rolling
rules they play under.
There are some fascinating strategies involved in playing each side.
I'm curious if anyone has any strong opinions about which side has the
Rtrout on FIBs
- Choose roll vs. double roll (Larry Deckel, Jan 1997)
- Choose roll vs. double-roll (Rafy Marootians+, Mar 1994)
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- Fifteen on the bar (Pete+, Nov 2002)
- Monte Carlo 1998 (Daniel Murphy, Feb 2006)
- No ones (Murat Kalinyaprak, Oct 2002)
- Opening 11 vs. Owning the cube (Bob Ebbeler+, Aug 1999)
- Tino Road Position (Arthur+, Apr 2005)
- Up in the air (Daniel Murphy, Feb 2006)
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