Of all the board games we love to play, backgammon is regarded as the oldest. Requiring logic, risk, and concentration, the two-player game—which features dice, a dice cup, checkers, and infinite rules—dates back to Egyptian times. So, when any old set won’t do, here’s our guide to four of the most stylish ones around.
A POP ART ADDITION TO YOUR GAME TABLE
The Op Art Backgammon Set from Jonathan Adler ($415) features a mind-bendingly modernist board (close the set with a magnetic closure for a chic cocktail table accent) and comes with solid resin pieces—all contained in a high-gloss lacquer box with velvet liner.
MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Proudly made in Providence, R.I., the Classic Champion Tournament Sets from Crisloid are packaged in a sturdy attaché, which secures each backgammon piece tightly within its well-constructed case. Available in a wide variety of colors, including brown, green, and blue, the cork backgammon board ($335) is both classic and lasting, includes polished backgammon checkers that will slide smoothly across the board for that ideal gameplay that backgammon connoisseurs love. It also comes with a complete set of dice and two dice rollers.