Hi, and welcome to the Seacoast Backgammon Club! I'm Peter Rose, and I informally started the club back in 2004 with The Great 2004 Labor Day Backgammon Tournament and Spaghetti Feed. This was just the first of what would be over a hundred such get togethers by 2016.
Many of us had been playing backgammon together casually for years as a way of just getting together every once in awhile, sharing some good times, conversation, and relaxing fun.
Sometimes there are just two or three of us, and sometimes a dozen. But regardless of the number, it's always a good time. Just Sue and I alone have played about 3,000 games a year since 2010!
Starting with that first party in 2004 I had backgammon dinner parties almost every month until we moved from Dover, NH to New Durham NH, hosting our final open house backgammon party on Saturday June 11, 2016 with The Great 2016 Twelve Years At The Garrison Final Backgammon Tournament And Top Gun Stew! Though that would be the final paty in Dover, it has been far from our last!
None of us play in any tournaments other than the combat fests we get together for. Oh, we're serious about the game, but not so serious that anyone cares to keep track of scores or ratings or any of that. We just love to play and have fun together.
However, that doesn't mean we're not competitive! In fact, we take great pride in all the trash talk going on between the players. It's all done in good fun, and it keeps anyone from taking the game — or themselves — too seriously. But the games can get pretty tense, and the verbal harassment going back and forth is more than some folks can take; passing a kidney stone might be considered a more pleasurable experience than playing backgammon with one of us.
Personally, I love backgammon. I consider it the ultimate game, even over chess or poker - both of which I have extensive experience in. And that's all I have to say about it. If you play backgammon, then you know what I'm talking about. If you don't play backgammon: you should; it's that much fun — more fun than humans ought to have, actually.
Backgammon is a unique mix of strategy, tactics, luck, and bravado all mixed together to challenge the competitor to their utmost. You are pushed to the max for an intense 8 to 15 minutes of all out battle.
If you enjoy backgammon, would like to learn how to play, or would like to know more about our group and how you might get involved, throw me an email and we can chat about the club.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting,