Backgammon Sets & Equipment
With so many Backgammon sets available, it is difficult for the discerning buyer to sort the wheat from the chaff. We are here to help. Our Backgammon range comprises the finest quality Backgammon boards from the top game manufacturers, such as Dal Negro and Manopoulos. All are immediately dispatched and a next-day delivery service is available (for England/Wales).
The Italian company, Dal Negro, is regarded by many as the world's leading production Backgammon maker. We have a better understanding of their beautifully elegant and practical games than any other retailer.
Tournament Size Backgammon Sets - Non Folding Boards
Tournament size and quality Backgammon boards that do not fold. From Dal Negro, these wonderfully made sets are designed with serious players in mind and for those with plenty of space.
Tournament Size Backgammon Sets With Disk Storage
Our range of excellent quality, full tournament sized Backgammon sets - ideal for competition and serious club play as well as for enthusiasts at home. All these sets feature integrated disk storage compartments.
Blue fabric case and playing surface with leatherette points - part of Dal Negro's Prestige range.
Grey fabric case and playing surface with leatherette points - part of Dal Negro's Prestige range.
Tournament Size Backgammon Sets Without Disk Storage
Excellent quality, full tournament sized Backgammon sets without integrated storage for the pieces. Suitable for competition and serious club play, these wonderful boards would suit any enthusiast.
Connoisseur Backgammon Sets with Disk Storage
Slightly smaller than full size backgammon sets, these are the ideal size for the serious player and favoured by many Backgammon experts. Excellent quality and storage for the pieces incorporated into the design. The Dal Negro sets are beautifully made and are extremely popular as gifts for both Backgammon enthusiasts and any lover of elegant wooden games.
Compact Connoisseur Backgammon Sets
A good range of high quality Backgammon sets that are smaller than tournament size and do not necessarily feature storage for the pieces. High quality sets for more discerning Backgammon players that are ideal for home use and more casual play.
Backgammon Pieces & Accessories
A good range of Backgammon playing pieces / stones and other accessories.
The Origin of Backgammon
Games of the Backgammon family have been played for thousands of years in all parts of the world and certainly during the Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. The game may derive from the ancient Egyptian game of Senat, which was played on a set of 3 x 12 points with 3 x 6 sided dice. Popular in a variety of forms throughout history, backgammon was probably originally brought to England by men returning from the Crusades.
Like many games played for money, Backgammon was unpopular with the authorities in England for centuries and it wasn't until the reign of Elizabeth I that laws prohibiting the "playing of Tables in licensed establishments" were abolished. In the early seventeenth century, backgammon underwent a revival and swept across Europe. Thenceforth, backgammon remained the popular game that we know today.
There are different opinions regarding the derivation. Some people believe it derives from 'Baec', meaning back and 'Gamen', which means game. Others believe that it might have been derived from 'Back', which means little and 'Gammon', meaning battle.