Backgammon is traditionally played by 2 players. It doesn't matter with which color you play as this doesn't influences
the question who will start.
Each person starts with 15 checkers, that are distributed around the board (see Board Setup).
The backgammon board looks the following:
As you can see, the board consists of 24 triangles, which we call points. This board is divided into 4 quarters, each consisting
of 6 points in alternating colors. Each player has a 'home board' and an 'outer board'. Between the home board and the outer board
you well find the 'bar'. The bar is a raised section where checkers are placed when hit.
The points around the board are numbered from 1 to 24. The counting starts in the home board of each player, so point 1 of player A
is equal to point 24 of player B.
At the side of each players home board there is a box to store the checkers (this will be of use in the end of every game).
Both players have two dice to throw each turn. In order to prevent players from cheating, you have to throw the dice with a
special 'dice cup'.
During the game it is possible to double the wages with the 'doubling cube'. This is a die with the values 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64.