Freeform Backgammon


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Freeform Backgammon is an application for Android™ that lets you play backgammon and many of its variations. Freeform Backgammon presents you with the dice, board, and checkers just as a real backgammon set does. You need to bring two players and the rules.

Freeform Backgammon enforces very few rules (just that checkers have to be on a point, the bar, or in a tray). This means you can play almost any variation of backgammon you know. For example, you can vary the direction of play or use house rules that let players re-roll in certain cases (for example, on their birthday).

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Freeform Backgammon does not have support for a computer player (no A.I.), you must provide two players (or know solitaire rules). Freeform Backgammon does not support play over the network, all players must be local.

Freeform Backgammon is compatible with a wide range of Android devices, but is best suited to displays of at least four inches diagonally. On smaller displays the checkers are necessarily smaller and may become too small to interact with reliably.

Freeform Backgammon uses Google Analytics to track installations and aggregate usage data (no personally identifying information is collected). You can choose to disable this network usage in the options menu.


Backgammon Variations

Here are some suggestions on backgammon variations that you can play with Freeform Backgammon.

Standard Backgammon
From the traditional layout, two players move checkers in opposite directions based on the pair of dice rolled. Checkers can be hit and sent to the bar. A doubling cube can be used to track how many points the game is worth. If you're new to backgammon or unclear on the rules of standard backgammon, there are lots of great tutorials available on the internet.
Nackgammon
Plays like traditional backgammon, but the initial layout in Nackgammon is slightly different with more checkers in the back quadrant. More details and rules can be found at bkgm.com.
Hyper-backgammon
For a very fast game. The game is played with only three checkers per side, but other than this initial layout, the rules are the same as for traditional backgammon.
Narde
Unlike traditional backgammon, in Narde all checkers move in the same direction. Also, there is no "capturing" of checkers, its simply illegal to move onto an occupied point. Fevga and Moultezim are similar variations. More detailed rules are readable at bkgm.com.
Chasing The Girls
In this game, checkers move in the same direction (counter-clockwise), and only six are placed on the board (the others are not in play). To move, only 1s and 6s are important, other values on the dice are ignored. A point may only contain one checker, and instead of hitting, a checker will freely slide past its own checkers or remove an opponents checker from the game entirely. Checkers circle the board indefinitely until all are removed. When a player has only 1 checker remaining, the rules change! See the bkgm.com description for more details.
Acey-Deucey
In Acey-Deucey, all checkers start off the board (in the opponents tray in Freeform Backgammon) and must be moved onto the board. Play is generally the same as standard backgammon, with the exception that a roll of "Acey-Deucey" (1-2) the player gets to move 1-2 and gets to move their pick of doubles. More detailed rules and additional Acey-Deucey variations can be found at bkgm.com or Wikipedia.
Plakoto
Checkers move as in traditional backgammon, but the initial layout has all checkers on the farthest point from the goal. There is no 'hitting', instead a checker may "pin" a opponent's checker if it is alone on the point. A pinned checker cannot move while pinned. There are special rules for pinning the last checker on an opponent's starting point. See the bkgm.com description for more details.
Blast-off
Designed to introduce young players to backgammon, Blast-off has a slightly different initial setup than traditional backgammon and does not allow 'hitting' other checkers. Otherwise, play is similar to traditional backgammon. More detailed rules are readable at bkgm.com.
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Of course you can always make up your own variation and rules with Freeform Backgammon and you do not need to use any of these provided layouts.

The Backgammon Galore! (bkgm.com) site has descriptions of many more backgammon variations, most of which can be played with Freeform Backgammon.

Purchase

Freeform Backgammon on Google Play
You can purchase Freeform Backgammon in the Google Play™ Store.

Freeform Backgammon in Amazon Appstore
Or, you can purchase Freeform Backgammon in the Amazon Appstore.


Resources

For more details on how to use Freeform Backgammon, please browse the Freeform Backgammon Online Help pages.

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Support

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact support@bitiotic.com.


Product History

May 18, 2015: v1.2.10: Improve checker graphics on some machines. Fix a Null-Pointer Exception when exiting.
February 1, 2014: v1.2.9: Work around invisible point on all Mali GPUs (reported on Nexus 10's Mali-T604).
January 3, 2014: v1.2.8: Update Android libraries.
September 23, 2013: v1.2.7: Improve reliability of anti-aliased triangle shader ("points" on the board).
August 23, 2013: v1.2.6: Fix crash-at-start bug on Vivante GC‌800 GPU.
July 16, 2013: v1.2.5: Work around graphic bug (invisible points) with ARM Mali-400 MP GPU.
May 13, 2013: v1.2.1: Improve compatibility with older GPUs.
May 8, 2013: v1.2.0: Better graphics (no more "jaggies" on checkers or points).
December 3, 2012: v1.0.7: More variations, new "Layouts" menu, fix rare crash.
November 15, 2012: v1.0.0: First version is released.

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