Play at play65.com
At Play65 you can play online backgammon for fun or for money.
One of the reasons for the success of the game and how it is attracting more and more players to its site is the easy way that you can get started on the game online.
There is no doubting that backgammon has enjoyed a revival in recent years, from the parlour game of childhood to the new 21st century styled virtual boards of the world wide web: online backgammon is thriving.
Much of the success of the game has to be attributed to the design of the virtual board and the game itself. Making virtual dice behave in a pattern that is similar to the roll of a cup is no mean achievement.
Yes, it is wonderful what they can do with graphics these days, the cinema is evidence of the capabilities of CGI technology, but being able to transpose the sort of realism that you get in an off line game such as a simple board game, yet at the same time lose none of the playability of the game itself is a real piece of crafted design.
The people behind Play65 seemed to have achieved this with their easy and simple to understand download software.
The software is designed to work on Windows operating systems such as 200 or XP, it also requires certain other criteria which the newer PC's these days supply in abundance, so it is unlikely that you won't need to upgrade to be able to play if you have the latest version PC. The older models with Windows 95 or 98 don't work on Play65, neither do Mac or Linux systems, but the designers are addressing this in the near future.
The other requirements for the game are Pentium 133 MHZ, 32 MB of hard disk space, 64 MB of RAM, with either windows 2000 or XP operating systems. Highly recommended is to set your screen resolution to 800 X 600 with HIGH colour (16 bit) or more. Once this is all in place you're ready to begin.
Click onto Play65, the home page will give you an option of up to 17 different languages to choose from, select your language and begin download the software. You will see once the download starts that there are only six instructions, follow them and as the software downloads, tips and playing hints will appear on the screen telling you about the game. Depending on the speed of your PC and connection, broadband is recommended; dial up is very slow by comparison and will take time.
Whilst broadband will speed you through to the start of your registry page, here you can choose fun player or real money, a $2.00 bonus gets you started and is deposited into your account. Then it's up to you. The software is your tool to playing the game, the board is set out like a traditional backgammon board, the colours being akin to a polished or varnished wood design. For the beginner follow the onscreen instructions as you play the game, or visit the school of backgammon to really find out about the game.
The software of Play65 is flexible and can run in conjunction with other programs that are aimed to improve the player's games such as Jellyfish and Snowie. Although not integrated with Play65 software they can be run alongside the play of Play65 to analyse moves and to instruct players on their next move.
For the experienced player this can be a real asset when practicing their game or attempting something new. Moreover the ease of operation of Play65 is perhaps one the reasons why over a million registered players have taken up the challenge of online backgammon and are loving it.
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