A number of table games became popular around the fourteenth century, and many of them are similar to the game of Backgammon, invented in the seventeenth century, played today. Many of these games can be played with a standard Backgammon board and pieces since the main variations are the starting positions of the pieces. Often, game boards were made with two pieces that were hinged, with the inside containing a board for table games, and the back holding either a board for chess or merels, or both.
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