Variations

 Nackgammon Shuffle

 From: Stick Address: checkmugged@yahoo.com Date: 26 September 2011 Subject: Nackgammon Shuffle Forum: BGonline.org Forums

```Randomly place

* 2 two-checker anchors in opponent's inner board,
* a four-checker point in opponent's outer board,
* a three-checker point in one's own outer board, and
* four checkers on the 6pt (or lower is possible).

Make the opponent's position symmetrical (which means your own points
cannot mirror each other). In other words, randomly rearrange the points in
Nackgammon without straying from the original quadrants. I call it
NackGammon Shuffle (NGS).

Here are a couple of examples of starting positions.  To decide which
points will be made you can use a die and roll it for each placement of the
points.

Get good at NGS and you'll fall asleep playing regular backgammon.

Standard Nackgammon:

13  14  15  16  17  18      19  20  21  22  23  24
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| X               O     |   | O               X   X |   O's home
| X               O     |   | O               X   X |
| X               O     |   | O                     |
| X                     |   | O                     |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
| O                     |   | X                     |
| O               X     |   | X                     |
| O               X     |   | X               O   O |
| O               X     |   | X               O   O |   X's home
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1

NGS Example 1:

13  14  15  16  17  18      19  20  21  22  23  24
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|     O       X         |   | O   X           X     |   O's home
|     O       X         |   | O   X           X     |
|     O       X         |   | O                     |
|             X         |   | O                     |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|             O         |   | X                     |
|     X       O         |   | X                     |
|     X       O         |   | X   O           O     |
|     X       O         |   | X   O           O     |   X's home
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1

NGS Example 2:

13  14  15  16  17  18      19  20  21  22  23  24
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|     O   X             |   | O           X   X     |   O's home
|     O   X             |   | O           X   X     |
|     O   X             |   | O                     |
|         X             |   | O                     |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|         O             |   | X                     |
|     X   O             |   | X                     |
|     X   O             |   | X           O   O     |
|     X   O             |   | X           O   O     |   X's home
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1

NGS Example 3:

13  14  15  16  17  18      19  20  21  22  23  24
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|             O   X     |   |     X   O   X         |   O's home
|             O   X     |   |     X   O   X         |
|             O   X     |   |         O             |
|                 X     |   |         O             |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |
|                 O     |   |         X             |
|             X   O     |   |         X             |
|             X   O     |   |     O   X   O         |
|             X   O     |   |     O   X   O         |   X's home
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1
```

### Variations

Acey-deucy  (J. Nagel, Dec 2004)
Acey-deucy  (Steve Ewert, June 1998)
Acey-deucy  (Lee+, Jan 1997)
Acey-deucy  (John David Galt+, Dec 1995)
Acey-deucy  (James Eibisch, Apr 1995)
Backwards play  (Colin Bell+, Feb 1996)
Best-of-n variant of match play  (Tim Chow+, Feb 2009)
Bluff Cube  (Timothy Chow+, Dec 2012)
BluffGammon  (Christian Munk-Christensen, June 2009)
Cancelgammon  (Ilia Guzei+, Mar 2004)
Domino backgammon  (Laury Chizlett, Sept 1999)
Duodecagammon  (David Moeser, Dec 2000)
Duplicate backgammon  (Dean Gay+, Jan 1997)
Duplicate backgammon  (Albert Steg, Feb 1996)
Exact bearoff  (Chris Moellering+, Dec 2002)
Fevga  (George, Sept 2004)
Fevga (or Moultezim)  (Igor Sheyn+, May 1995)
Freeze-out match  (Dave Brotherton, July 1998)
Gabgammon  (jckz, Oct 2005)
Greek backgammon  (Alexandre Charitopoulos, Aug 2003)
Greek backgammon  (Alexandros Chatzipetros, June 1997)
Greek backgammon  (Marc Jacobs+, Feb 1994)
Hit man  (Matt Reklaitis, Jan 2004)
Hyper backgammon  (Gregg Cattanach+, Dec 2000)
Hyper backgammon  (Michael A Urban, Oct 1993)
International backgammon  (Bob Lancaster+, Oct 2002)
Jacquet  (Mark Driver, June 2001)
Joker cube  (Joe Russell+, May 2011)
Khachapuri  (Michael Petch+, Sept 2010)
Kleinman's tandem backgammon  (Fabrice Liardet+, May 2010)
LongRun  (Bill Hickey, Mar 2010)
Longgammon  (Michael Strato, Dec 2000)
Low number first, fixed dice, others.  (Walter Trice, Jan 1997)
Mexican  (Tom Henry, Apr 1997)
Middle Eastern backgammon  (Alan Cairns, Mar 2002)
Misere (backgammon to lose)  (Jason Lee+, July 2004)
Misere (backgammon to lose)  (Jason Lee+, Apr 1995)
Misere, Chase, Skewed dice  (Stein Kulseth, Jan 1997)
Nackgammon  (Ken Arnold, July 1996)
Nackgammon Shuffle  (Stick, Sept 2011)
Nackgammon opening moves  (Warwick+, Feb 2002)
Narde  (narde, Nov 2006)
Nardi  (KL Gerber+, Nov 2002)
No hit  (RedTop+, May 2004)
Nuclear backgammon  (Walt Swan, Apr 1997)
Old English  (Nick Wedd+, Feb 1996)
One roll lookahead  (Stephen Turner, Mar 1997)
Opening slot rule  (Gregg Cattanach, June 2006)
Other variations  (Douglas Zare, Feb 2000)
Plakoto  (Ed Dengler+, May 1995)
Plakoto  (Pasteel M., Feb 1994)
Plakoto express  (Athansios Vagias, Feb 2005)
Portes  (George, Sept 2004)
Roll-over  (Edward D. Collins, Oct 1997)
Russian backgammon  (Daavid Turnbull, Aug 1991)
SassanGammon  (Chiva Tafazzoli+, June 2009)
Shesh Besh  (G.S., May 2003)
Simborg Rule  (Scott+, Feb 2005)
Slot backgammon  (Fabrice Liardet+, Aug 2008)
Sudden death, Woodpecker, Gerhardsen  (Fredrik Dahl, Jan 1997)
Tablestakes betting  (TrueMoneygames, June 2002)
Takhteh  (Bruce Scott+, Mar 2003)
Tandem Backgammon  (Mislav Kovacic, Feb 2012)
Tavla  (Arda Findikoglu, Nov 2004)
Tavla  (ucc02cx+, Feb 1997)
Tavli (Portes, Plakoto, and Fevga)  (Jens Larsen, July 1997)
Tavli question  (Brus+, Apr 2011)
Tracy turn around  (Michael J. Zehr, Feb 1996)
Tri-gammon  (Gregg Cattanach, Sept 2000)
Trictrac  (David Levy+, May 1998)
Trigammon  (James Eibisch, Jan 1997)