Backgammon, SimplyBG, 2019

One of my long time passions is for the game of backgammon. My addiction to the game lead me to develop an online head-to-head backgammon play system called

The 1st thing that intrigued me about Backgammon, is that it is the oldest known game. Backgammon can be traced back some 5000 years, to its origins in the middle east.

Backgammon takes minutes to learn, years to master. At first glance, the game is often misunderstood as simplistic, controlled by the randomness of dice rolls.  However,  in short study,  one will quickly learn this game is an exciting strategic game that challenges the mind like no other.

An addictive pursuit, the beauty of backgammon is that you play it using a combination of strategy and luck. I like to describe backgammon as the management of luck. Recognizing luck comes in two flavors, good and bad. This means, no matter how good a player you are, it’s always possible that someone, maybe even anyone, could beat you.

With the popularity of the Internet, this game has found a new modern life.  Playing against real people while allowing the mechanics of the game to be managed by computer is a wonderful mix.

Combining my passion for programming and my passion for backgammon, I created a online playing interface for this great game. I wanted to create a safe place for family and friends to gather to play against friends. A head-to-head experience, online.

And to make it easy for anyone to have backgammon on their own website, I create a WordPress plugin that provides ease of implementation of the SimplyBG board-play software. Anyone can download the ZIP of the Plugin here, or directly from via

The future holds more as I plan to create a fully managed online backgammon tournament system in conjunction with the board-play interfaces already available. I am also considering creating a way to allow bot develop at SimplyBG, so anyone can create a backgammon robot.

Definition – What does Bot mean?
A bot is a general term in gaming that is used to refer to a character controlled by a computer. In one sense, bots are all the non-player characters (NPCs) in a game, including those that fight alongside as well as against the gamer. However, the definition of bots has broadened to include gamers who employ third-party programs to control their characters.

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