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Do you like Boardgaming Conventions?
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02-18-2014, 07:16 AM #1
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Here's a cool site with over 400 of them this year in USA....fyi
02-18-2014, 02:21 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Can't say that I do. Not much into boardgames anymore 13.gif We did however go to this convention once http://www.assembly.org/winter14/

Only games I play is either golf or killing zombies. İmage
02-18-2014, 02:31 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I used to be into backgammon even to the point where my sister bought me a beautiful leather portable game for one of my birthdays, which looks more like an expensive briefcase ( I still have it!). Anyway, when I was young and single, I would take it with me to parties and men would always challenge me to a game. Unfortunately, I would beat them all and end up without any of them asking me for a date. But, I could not throw any games as I had a competitive nature and honed my game skills to the expert level. Being dateless, more often than not, contributed to my baking and cooking skills being honed, which came in handy later on in life. cheers.gif
02-18-2014, 02:33 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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chuckle.gif It seems to have worked out just fine for you US. Now you can both cook and play. cheers.gif
02-18-2014, 02:39 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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wave.gif Octo. Yes, it worked out for the better. cheers.gif I actually played recently and the moves came back...I still got it.
02-18-2014, 03:03 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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I know you do.

02-18-2014, 04:08 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Here's an interesting backgamon tidbit. I also always enjoyed playing scrabble, I guess because I have always been an excellent speller and perhaps literary and wordy (sometimes). chuckle.gif

Quote:Is backgammon a game of skill or chance? Recently, a U.S. court answered that question in a decision that may affect backgammon players and promoters throughout the country.

The controversy started early in 1981 when police in Portland, Oregon, arrested the well-known backgammon tournament director and writer Ted Barr just before the finals of his Portland Marriot Open. Because the tournament offered cash prizes and required an entry fee, Barr was charged with promoting gambling. According to the statutes of Oregon, New York, and other states, gambling is defined as risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance.

Instead of coping a plea, Barr decided to fight the charge. He hoped a court would rule again, as the Alabama Supreme Court had done in 1976, that backgammon, like chess or bridge, is a game of skill. For his defense, Barr enlisted the help of, among others, former World Backgammon Champion Paul Magriel, the game's most articulate authority.

The main point of the issue was the effect of the dice of the game. "Even after rolling, you may have as many as 30 or more options," Magriel told a packed courthouse early this year during his two hours of expert testimony. "The decision where to move your men after the dice have been cast - that is the essence of the game. Chance is not a material factor."

Judge Stephen S. Walker agreed. He found Barr innocent of promoting gambling, concluding that "backgammon is not a game of chance but a game of skill."

"It would have been a disaster if it had gone the other way," says Henry Wattson of American Backgammon Championships, promoters of the biggest backgammon tournaments in the country. "But now, the Oregon decision will make it easier to get sponsors and to go into places that are sort of hazy about whether they should have a tournament or not."

Wattson notes that when American Backgammon Championships considered running a tournament at Resorts International in Atlantic City, the New Jersey Attorney General's office ruled that backgammon is in effect a lottery and therefore that holding a backgammon tournament anywhere in the state would be illegal. "After the Oregon decision, we intend to fight that ruling in court," Wattson says.

02-18-2014, 04:20 PM #8
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
I always liked backgammon, it's a game that brings out the competitive streak lol.gif
But I really like Go.
02-18-2014, 05:16 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(02-18-2014, 04:20 PM)Shadow Wrote:  I always liked backgammon, it's a game that brings out the competitive streak lol.gif
But I really like Go.

Go seems a tad complicated and the only time I can see me turning to board games will be in the old folks home, by then I probably won't have the withwithall to learn Go. chuckle.gif Although, if I bring my backgammon board to the old folks home and beat all the men, then won't remember, then maybe I'll get a date.

02-18-2014, 05:30 PM #10
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Go is actually extremely simple. Strategy can complicate it.

Forgetting is good strategy lmao.gif hi5.gif



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