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Backgammon Variants

Blast Off

This simple game, devised by Oswald Jacoby and John Crawford, is described in The Backgammon Book. The game is designed for children who are just starting to learn to move the checkers.

The setup is the same as in backgammon except that each player’s two back men (formerly on the opponent’s one-point) are brought forward to join the five men on the mid-point.

Play proceeds as in regular backgammon except that blots may not be hit. So this is really a game mostly of luck—it is just a matter of which player rolls the higher dice. There is a tiny amount of skill in figuring how to position your checkers for the most efficient bearoff.

If played with the doubling cube, Blast Off can be helpful in learning when to double or not in running games.

Differences from Backgammon
     
  • Play starts with each player's back men brought up to the mid-point.
  • There is no hitting.

References

Backgammon Variants
Ace-Deo
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
Handicap Matches
Hyper-backgammon
Irish
Jacquet
LongGammon
  Ludus Lumbardorum
Mexican Backgammon
Misere Backgammon
Moultezim
Nackgammon
Narde
Never-Finishing Game
Old English Backgammon
Pin Game
Plakoto
Plakoto Express
Poof
Portes
Propositions
Roman Backgammon
Roll-Over
Rosespring Backgammon
Russian Backgammon
Shesh Besh
Snake
Swedish Tables
Tables
Tabula
Takhteh
Tapa
Tavla
Tavli
Tawula
Tourne-case
Trictrac
Turkish Backgammon
Two Rolls versus Choice

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