Cribbage

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Tradition has it that cribbage was created by an English poet named Sir John Suckling. While it is still popular in the land of it’s birth it also has gained a strong following in the United States and Canada. For centuries it has been played in hunting cabins, aboard ships, and in local pubs. Once you learn to play you will quickly discover why it has endured so long.

Cribbage uses a scoring tool called a cribbage board. Usually made of wood, the board has four rows of thirty holes. These holes are where the players put pegs to keep score. A game of 121 points is scored by moving the pegs up and down your side of the cribbage board twice. The peg in front is keeps the cumulative score while in the back peg records the last score made. With pegs leap frogging over one another the score is kept. This means a simple glance at the board can tell you who is ahead in the game. It also reduces most arithmetic errors that could occur while keeping score.

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Equipment

Cribbage board deck of cards.

How to play

Players cut for deal. The player who cuts the lowest card deals first.

The dealer deals six cards to each player.

The players discard two cards face down into the crib. The crib is extra hand for the dealer used after both players have scored their hands. The non dealer cuts and the dealer turns of the top card of the remaining stack. This card is placed face up on the stack for the rest of the hand and it is known as the starter. If the starter is a Jack the dealer scores two points.

Play starts with the nondealer. Players take turns placing a card from their hand on the table face up in front of them, and announcing the total value of all the cards face up on the table. ( For example the first player plays a 6 and says six. the next player plays a 5 and says eleven)Play continues until the value of all the cards on the table is 31. When a player plays a card that brings the value of all the exposed cards on the table to 31 they get 2 points. The players turn over the cards played, and continue play starting from zero with the remaining cards in their hand. The player who who did not bring the total to 31 starts play.

If a player cannot play card because it would bring the combined total over thirty one, that player says go. When a player says go the opposing player continues to play cards till the value is 31 or as close as they can without going over. The opposing player scores 1 point if the total is under 31, or 2 points if it is exactly 31. The player that said go starts play.

When a player puts down a card that completes any combination shown below that player earn points.

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Checkers

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When it comes to classic board games Checkers is the standard that they are all held to. The equipment can be as simple as bottle caps on a hand drawn piece of paper, or as elaborate as an exotic hard wood set with an inlaid board. This classic version of Checkers is played all over the world. The elegant simplicity of the rules inspire players to make numerous variations. Before exploring some of the other intriguing variations of Checkers, let us take some time to appreciate the game as many of us have learned it.

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Equipment
8X8 checker board
12 white checkers and 12 dark checkers

How to play

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Set the checkers up on the black squares of the first three rows, as shown in the photo above.

The checkers move and capture diagonally forward one square only.

A capture is made when a checker hops over an opponent’s checker and on the empty square behind it. If there is another checker that can be captured after a checker hops it may continue to hop. Captures are mandatory and a player must choose the move that gets the most capturers.

A checker that reaches the opponent’s first row becomes a king. A king can move forward or backwards diagonally.

A player wins when they have captured all there opponent’s checkers or blocks them so they can not move.

Tavli, if one game is not enough better play three.

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Tavli is a type of Backgammon match popular in Greece , Macedonia and Georgia. The first game of the match is Backgammon, followed by a game of Plakato, then a game of Gul Bara. The winner of the last game rolls first on the next game. No doubling cube is used ,and gammons count as two games. The players continue playing these games in consecutive order until one player the agreed number of games. A match is usually 3,5, or 7 games.

The changing of games adds an entertaining challenge to a match. Be sure to try it next time you have your Backgammon board out.

Bag Gammon

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Here is a great Backgammon set for folks who like to play while traveling . It is a full sized Backgammon set printed on fabric that folds up it to it’s own bag for easy transport.

I am hoping this board might serve as inspiration to make other portable full sized board games. If you have any ideas or suggestions how to make one, please share them in the comments.