Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Backgammon servers and backgammon culture

Replying to my comment on backgammon culture someone in a discontinued thread on rec.games.backgammon asked: what is bg-culture - some kind of martial art?

Backgammon culture consists of art, science and sport. Here I exclude gamblung, on purpose. Gambling is a hereditory feature. Backgammon is a game of bets. While anti-gambling majority would cry aloud all the time against "the gamblers", I would like to ask a simple question: whose assertion do you believe more - the one who says:

- Believe me, bla bla bla

or the one who says:

- I bet 2 to 1, bla bla bla?

Art is skill + applied science.
Science is collection of facts from sport + discovery.

Backgammon servers and casinos would like to have backgammon as mere gambling tool, but the game has grown up from its 3000 year old childhood and has its own requirements. We, who pay substantial amounts in the form of rake, fees, etc., have the moral right to require improving service and reducing rakes. The way to achieve it in a commercial environment is to encourage competition by giving credit to improvements of the service and "voting with our money" for the best service providers.







1 Comments:

Blogger GammonChick said...

Another new server just opened up to the general public.

PartyBackgammon.com is slick, fast-moving, and you'll probably like it better than the others. I've played them all and PartyBackgammon is the fastest.

Since I work for them, you should probably see for yourself before you take my word for it.

G.C.

December 18, 2005 at 6:09 PM  

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