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s one of the oldest board games in history (dating back almost 5,000 years to Mesopotamia, now modern day Iran), backgammon has been loved and played by untold millions.
It’s as popular as ever today, with plenty of cool sets and flashy designs to draw in a whole new audience. The two-player game is a combination of strategy and luck, and involves twenty-four points and thirty checkers (also known as pieces or ‘men’).
As we look for slower, screen-free pastimes, try this classic game. Our selection of boards are perfect for beginners and pros alike.
See our favourites below
Undercover Metallic Luxury Leather Travel Backgammon Board
Ideal for the modern gamer, this rollable handmade backgammon board is made with metallic coloured leather. It can be personalised with up to three initials and a zipped compartment for pieces and dice sits beneath the 35cm x 29cm board, keeping everything stored away safely until your next match.
Jonathan Adler Milano Backgammon Set
This pastel rendition is the ideal gift for a serious backgammon fan. Wrapped in a high gloss lacquer box with velvet liner, it’s a luxe design from design supremo Jonathan Adler. Perfect for play as well as display. There’s also a bright jewel-tone version available too.
Not-Another-Bill Portable Backgammon Set, Red & Blue
Alongside specialist tea and pots of preserves, the Royal grocer Fortnum & Mason also offers lifestyle products like this backgammon set from Not Another Bill. It’s perfect for taking on trips thanks to the roll nature of the canvas and leather design. The set includes resin counters and brass dice, offering a sense of style that makes it ideal for gifting too.
Handmade backgammon set
Drawing on its Middle Eastern roots, this handmade set will be treasured by fans of the game. The wooden design closes with a metal clasp and was handcrafted by a Turkish Backgammon master. The set comes with handcrafted pieces and dice.
CasaCarta Lacquered Backgammon Set - Leaf
Also available in white and blue, and red and black, this striking set is themed around cannabis - the distinctive leaves of the plant are embossed on the acrylic board. The games pieces and dice all slot into the design, so taking it with you for gaming on the go is a doddle.
Alexandra Llewellyn Marquetry eucalyptus and leather backgammon set
This Net-A-Porter exclusive is a thing of beauty, measuring 60 x 77 x 5cm when unfolded and the result of multiple master craftsmen’s efforts. The marquetry brings the Malayan Tree Nymph butterfly to life on the board, and is a total labour of love; it’s been made by hand-slicing sycamore, walnut burr and fumed eucalyptus. The luxe details don’t end there, either - the laser-cut dice is cut from turquoise while the game’s counters are made with mother-of-pearl. Exquisite.
Aspinal of London Backgammon Set
If you’re looking for a special gift, Aspinal of London’s briefcase-style backgammon set can be personalised with up to four initials. The set is bound in leather and also comes in a navy blue. Keep it safe until your next game by clicking the lockable clasps.
Oh So Cherished Personalised Backgammon Set
The home of thoughtful gifts, this personalised backgammon set from NOTHS would make an excellent gift for anyone who loves classic board games. The game is set on sustainable acacia wood and can be engraved with the name or short phrase of your choice. Get it ready to give by choosing gift wrapping with tissue and ribbon too.
H&M Backgammon Set
The clothing giant is bringing backgammon back into fashion with a handsome grey, black and blue set from Printworks. The acrylic board closes to look like a book, making a surprising addition to your shelves.
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