The Evolution of the Backgammon Set
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in history and the story of the backgammon set is an interesting one. Long before plastics and metals were discovered, wood, animal bones and stones were used in creating the first tools and implements. These materials were also used in making the first backgammon sets.
Ancient backgammon boards were made from wood, and the checkers or pieces from stone. The dice used in backgammon were carved from bones. These materials are no longer used in making modern backgammon sets, although there are some backgammon boards elegantly carved from wood.
Through the years, backgammon grew to become one of the most popular board games, played by both lower and upper classes of society. The backgammon set also experienced improvements in design and construction, although wood remained the most common material for creating backgammon boards. Porcelain, ivory and precious metals were also used in making fashionable backgammon sets for the wealthy.
Before the Industrial Revolution, backgammon sets were created by highly-skilled craftsmen. Most backgammon sets at that time were beyond the reach of ordinary citizens like peasants and farmers. But with the arrival of mass production as well as the invention of cheap plastics, backgammon sets are now within the reach of anyone, including children. Almost all toy stores nowadays sell backgammon sets of all sizes and prices.
With the invention of the Internet, backgammon has found its way into online gambling and gaming sites. Along with chess and checkers, backgammon is now one of the most popular board games on the Internet. There's no need to buy your own backgammon set if you want to play online backgammon because the software provides for that. In fact, online backgammon boards are so realistic and lifelike that they completely imitate the design of a real backgammon set. The only difference is that online backgammon sets consist of graphics and images while real backgammon sets are made from real materials.
Although online backgammon has experienced a surge in appeal and popularity, it cannot be considered a competitor of traditional backgammon. Instead, online backgammon has helped the traditional game gain renewed interest among people of all ages. Backgammon sets still continue to be popular items in many toy shops, and you can even purchase one from Internet stores.
Backgammon sets have indeed come a long, long way from being primitive stone and wood creations. If you love to play backgammon or if you know how to play the game, you should buy a backgammon set at the store nearest you.