> When I played BACKGAMMON many years ago in the USSR,
> the game was called NARDY, and known to originate
> somewhere from Iran-Turkey-Armenia-Azerbajan.
> We used some special names for throws,
> a mixture of Persian and Turkish.
> Can anybody answer the following questions:
> 1. What country did BLACKGAMMON originate from?
> 2. What was its original name?
Apparently from Mesopotamia, several thousand years back. Some
scholors have disputed the translations that this is based on,
however. My limited research makes me a supporter of this theory,
The oldest confirmed "near-modern" version is the Persian game Nard,
from about 450 C.E. ... it is this that the Russian name/traditional
history apparently traces. Nard is approximately modern with no
doubles (6-6 gives you 2 six moves, not 4), no cube, and no gammons.
The older Roman varient (Caligula was known to cheat) is "Tabula"
(Latin for tables) - incidently it had 3 dice, not 2. It is from this
name that the modern names in the Romance language countries tend to
Does anyone have any spare tunafish??
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