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Joseph FjelstadBy Joseph Fjelstad
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Joseph FjelstadBy Joseph Fjelstad
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$1,611
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, January 14 2019 8:32 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Backgammon is perhaps the world's oldest continuously played board game. The game has been enjoyed around the world for nearly 5000 years... but isn't it time for a little update?  

MicroGammon was created to update this venerable game and make it accessible to more people by compressing the game and making it both easier and faster to both learn and play. The goal of providing faster play is in keeping with the desires and interests of the younger generation.

MicroGammon is not just an update to traditional backgammon but is also unique enough to have received a US patent. 

 MicroGammon Game Pieces and Setup 

MicroGammon is a attractive, stylish and entertaining update of the time honored game
MicroGammon is a attractive, stylish and entertaining update of the time honored game

An important feature of MicroGammon is that the rules are fundamentally the same as they are for the normal backgammon game.  

If you know how to play backgammon, you already know how to play MicroGammon!

Another important and fun feature of MicroGammon is the novel dice that are used, which allow for game compression to speed things up as described below. 

Compared with traditional backgammon board design and layout, MicroGammon is more compact and with fewer pieces, it plays much faster than its ancestor. This is a feature likely to be appreciated both by younger players and by individuals who enjoy gambling on backgammon games
Compared with traditional backgammon board design and layout, MicroGammon is more compact and with fewer pieces, it plays much faster than its ancestor. This is a feature likely to be appreciated both by younger players and by individuals who enjoy gambling on backgammon games

MicroGammonis basically 2/3 of a normal backgammon game having 16 points instead of 24 points, 10 checkers instead of the normal 15 and using 4 sided dice (shown below) rather than the traditional 6 sided dice. The result is a game that is much faster paced and more volatile with doubles occurring 50% more often (1 in 4 rolls compared with 1 in 6 roles for cubic dice)

The dice used with MicroGammon are called truncated tetrahedrons in geometry. Technically they have eight sides but only four stable landing positions. They are key to making MicroGammon a fast game because doubles happen 50% more often!
The dice used with MicroGammon are called truncated tetrahedrons in geometry. Technically they have eight sides but only four stable landing positions. They are key to making MicroGammon a fast game because doubles happen 50% more often!

For those who enjoy gambling on backgammon, the game allows players to achieve results faster with much more game value boosting action (as with a traditional doubling cube) given the rapidly shifting dynamics presented by MicroGammon. 

Here's what one seasoned and top tier tournament backgammon expert had to say about MicroGammon...  

 "I've played Joe's variant with him. It's definitely interesting and more  volatile. Kind of like comparing PLO to NLHE (for you poker players).  Fun stuff "  ~ Vadim Nuniyants, backgammon expert 

MicroGammon, first edition,will be delivered initially as a compact set including board, checkers and dice all contained in a see-through plastic tube making it easy to both store and transport. The premier product is shown below.

MicroGammon is light weight and takes little space and is great for camping and backpacking
MicroGammon is light weight and takes little space and is great for camping and backpacking

MicroGammon fits comfortably inside most normal folding, closed lid carrying case backgammon games as shown below  

MicroGammon fits easily into most fold up backgammon boards for easy storage and allowing players a second option when they attend regular meet ups or tournaments.
MicroGammon fits easily into most fold up backgammon boards for easy storage and allowing players a second option when they attend regular meet ups or tournaments.

A MicroGammon Multiplier Die will be made available at certain backer levels. This unique die is used in place of the traditional doubling cube. Because of the speed of play in MicroGammon,the new die is used to multiply the value of the game to 2, 3 or 4 times. The default game value which is 1 and the die is marked accordingly as shown in the picture below

 MicroGammon Multiplier Die 

MicroGammon Multiplier Die are shown above. The value of 1 is default at the beginning of a game.
MicroGammon Multiplier Die are shown above. The value of 1 is default at the beginning of a game.

 The MicroGammon game board can be both customized and personalized and this is being considered  for a cost yet to be determined as a possible stretch goal reward. 

         So don't wait, join the effort today! 

Treat yourself to some fun backgammon style gaming action and help bring this new variation on the ancient game into the 21st century and 

         THANK YOU for your support!  

Risks and challenges

There are few risks associated with your supporting this Kickstarter effort as a great deal of time and energy has already been put into the development of this premier edition MicroGammon.

Manufacturing resources have been identified for early production, however, if the demand exceeds current supply and capabilities, it may take longer than desired to deliver product to backers. You will be kept updated on progress if the time is longer than hoped due to manufacturers queues

It is hoped that early backers will help build momentum by sharing the project with their backgammon playing friends.

With your help, we can, together, bring this new and fast paced game to the world at large.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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