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Néstor Romeral Andrés
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Hi, all.

I'm about to release a portable version of Backgammon (format 1), but I'm not sure about which colors to use. Can you help me with this?

Please post your suggestions here. The border (outer area) of the board must be white. And I can use white, yellow, red, green, blue, gray and black for the counters.

- Background.
- Triangle 1.
- Triangle 2.
- Counter 1.
- Counter 2.
- Bar.

Thank you very much!

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You might want to try making a variety of them in different colors. It would be really neat and interesting if you could let people pick their own colors for the set at the time they placed their order.

I suspect a lot of people would like to use the same colors as their university or their favorite sports team.
 
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Backgammon is the most popular game in Greece! The usual piece color combinations are:

black - white
black - red
black - yellow
red - white
white - blue
white - green



Most boards here use light brown and brown but you could make the main board with a grey background and white & black triangles. For the pieces you could choose an not so unusual red-yellow combination.

Another possibility that is not uncommon is for one set of pieces to have the same color as one set of triangles. In the above color example your pieces could be red-white or blue-white or green-white. Avoid black on black as shadows get lost and the pieces are not very visible.

There are at least three Backgammon variants that are played in Greece, each with a different setup and different playing skill requirements:

PORTES: http://www.bkgm.com/variants/Portes.html
PLAKOTO: http://www.bkgm.com/variants/Plakoto.html
FEUGA: http://www.bkgm.com/variants/Fevga.html



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GeoMan wrote:
Backgammon is the most popular game in Greece! The usual piece color combinations are:

. . .
white - blue
. . .
If you are only going to do one, I recommend blue and white for the triangles in honor of the flag of Greece.

And blue and gray for the counters and maybe a black bar and outline for better contrast.
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My favorite sets to play on use cork for the background, with red/black or red/white triangles for the board. The stones can be various contrasting colors, I like red and off-white stones the best.
 
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Blue Steel wrote:
You might want to try making a variety of them in different colors. It would be really neat and interesting if you could let people pick their own colors for the set at the time they placed their order.

I suspect a lot of people would like to use the same colors as their university or their favorite sports team.

That is a good idea. I hope I can do this in a near future with most of the games, but by now the printing technology is not perfect. I must print several tests until the colors are ok. So no custom boards by now.



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Blue Steel wrote:
GeoMan wrote:
Backgammon is the most popular game in Greece! The usual piece color combinations are:

. . .
white - blue
. . .
If you are only going to do one, I recommend blue and white for the triangles in honor of the flag of Greece.

And blue and gray for the counters and maybe a black bar and outline for better contrast.

I like that. But what about the background?
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GeoMan wrote:
Backgammon is the most popular game in Greece! The usual piece color combinations are:

black - white
black - red
black - yellow
red - white
white - blue
white - green

Most boards here use light brown and brown but you could make the main board with a grey background and white & black triangles. For the pieces you could choose an not so unusual red-yellow combination.


Hmmm. Sounds good. Maybe a B/W board is a bit dull, but red-yellow for the pieces may compensate it.

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n_r_a wrote:
GeoMan wrote:
Backgammon is the most popular game in Greece! The usual piece color combinations are:

black - white
black - red
black - yellow
red - white
white - blue
white - green

Most boards here use light brown and brown but you could make the main board with a grey background and white & black triangles. For the pieces you could choose an not so unusual red-yellow combination.


Hmmm. Sounds good. Maybe a B/W board is a bit dull, but red-yellow for the pieces may compensate it.


You can see how one will look here:



The neutral board colors will allow you to offer many different piece color combinations. Avoid having both piece colors the same as the triangle colors because then the board looks confusing.
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But the background is light blue, right? I like it.
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Just some random thoughts:

Hue to me is less important than lightness and saturation. Bright, primary colors could look garish. Rich darker colors, or less saturated pastel hues, would look nicer.

I think one of the piece colors should be neutral, i.e. black or white, and the other should be colored, rather than having both piece sets be colored.

The triangle colors should match the piece colors, but not necessarily the same shade, to avoid a camouflaging effect that hides the darker colored pieces in a poorly lit environment.

Alternatively, using GeoMan's suggestion of a board with all neutral colors, plus two different non-neutral piece colors, could work as well.
 
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Still working on this. What pieces would you use with the following board?

- Triangle 1: Black.
- Triangle 2: White.
- Background: Light blue.

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