Introducing the Newport Master Table

Crisloid is proud to introduce the first of our gaming tables. Crafted from beautiful hardwood cherry harvested in the Eastern United States, this high-quality gaming table combined with Crisloid’s handmade checkers and accessories are a gorgeous addition to any home. Our custom design options make it easy to match your style and create a space where family and friends can come together playing a classic game that doesn’t require a wi-fi connection.

The only backgammon table on the market with massive 2″ checkers

Drawing some inspiration from our Brooklyn days we have designed this table to fit perfectly around our large 2-inch checkers! Fitting in with Champion and Tournament sizes; we now have the Master size. This is a rare yet increasingly popular checker size and we are huge fans! Each color is housed nicely in a carved slot on the side of the table.

Additionally, Crisloid’s signature cork playing fields boast new point sizes to match the checkers and complete this finely crafted gaming table. The fields measure in at 20.25″ x 11.75″ giving the player plenty of playing room. From the player’s perspective, the table is 43.25″ wide, 27″ long, and stands at a comfortable height of about 30″ tall. Quality adjustable feet on the bottom of the legs allow for leveling.

We’re going all out with the accessories on this table. It will come with large leather cups to match its commanding presence. Choose from black or brown leather for the perfect hand fit and feel with a ribbed interior and trip lip. Precision dice and 1.5″ doubling cube will also be included to truly make this a Master’s set.

Shipping large furniture sized items can be a hassle but we’ve gone the extra mile to take the frustration out. The Newport Master Table will ship for free domestically or for a flat fee of $100 internationally. It will arrive tightly packed ready to easily assemble. 4 lag bolts and a tool are included and all you need to get start playing.

We designed this table with future generations in mind. The playing fields are replaceable so don’t worry about excessive play, spills or stains. We’ve got you covered.

One more thing… We’re dedicated to making sure our customers are absolutely happy with their Crisloid sets so we’ve decided to offer complimentary color and point style customization with the Newport Master Table. Anyone familiar with Crisloid knows that we specialize in personalizing our backgammon sets. Custom field, checker, die, and leather cup colors are on the house. Engravings and color logos are extra at the same low prices as our other custom backgammon.

Let the dice fly!

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Our Top 10 Gift List 2016

Having trouble finding the perfect Christmas gift? Are you buying for the person who seems to have everything? We’ve put together our top 10 gift list from stocking stuffers to gifts that’ll be remembered for a lifetime.

 

Under $20

10. Pearlescent Dice

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Perfect for all game enthusiasts, our dice will give their roll a whole new look. The pearlescent swirls take game night to an art form.

$2.50 to $5 – Crisloid Dice (pair)

 

9. Roll N Go Backgammon

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Our Roll N Go Backgammon set is the perfect gift for game enthusiasts of all ages. With its light form and compact container, this backgammon set is ready to play wherever life takes you.

$15 – Crisloid Roll ‘N Go Backgammon

 

 

8. Pearlescent Doubling Cube

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These cubes are a more recent addition to Crisloid’s sets. Give the backgammon player in your life a shiny new doubler sure to update their classic board’s style.

$20 – Crisloid Backgammon Doubling Cube

 

 

Under $50

7. Classic Game Night Set

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Bring your family together over and over again! A great selection of classic games at a great price. Featuring a two-player cribbage set, Roll N Go Checkers, Roll N One Pocket Golf Game, two cork-lined large oval dice cups with a box of one dozen spot dice, two translucent green 1 1/4″ novelty dice, and a full 1/2 pound of assorted multi-sided dice.

$45 – Crisloid Classic Game Night Set

 

 

6. Engraved Cribbage for Three

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This beautiful rich toned Cherry Cribbage board has a continuous track made for three players. This cribbage board is perfect for game enthusiasts anywhere; whether it’s the office, on a road trip, on your coffee table, or at your home bar.

$50 – Crisloid Three-Player Engraved Cherry Cribbage

 

 

5. Leather Dice Cups Crisloid-Leather-Dice-Cups-web

Our leather dice cups add a touch of class to your game and finesse to your dice throw. Our Standard Leather Dice Cups are the perfect addition to your loved ones’ Tournament or Champion attaché backgammon set. Tabletop backgammon players and dice players of all sorts are raging about our large-and-in-charge leather dice cups, which gives their dice throw a whole new feeling. All of these cups feature a trip-lip, a must-have for competitive gaming.

Want to make it personal? We can engrave your cups to include a name, image, monogram, and more. Send us an inquiry by e-mail.

$50 – Crisloid Standard Leather Dice Cups (pair)
$60 – Crisloid Large Leather Dice Cups (pair)

 

 

$100+

4. Personalized Dominoes

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Our double-six domino sets are one-of-a-kind. This completely handmade 28-piece set includes a custom tile that we can personalize to make it the perfect gift. These domino sets come packaged in the handsome Brooklyn Silver hand-wrapped box with production details about the set’s handcrafting etched into the underside of the box cover. The ivory resin tiles are classically proportioned and polished for smooth gameplay. To ensure their set stays complete, it includes two blank tiles that can be returned and machined to replace any lost pieces.

$175 – Dominoes by Crisloid

 

 

3. Anchor Red Tournament Attaché

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Our Anchor Red sets are a top choice for those who like a splash of color in their life. Featuring leather cups and a red & black motif, this is a beautiful set to gift to anyone’s home.

$250 – Anchor Red Tournament Attaché Backgammon (shown)
$175 – Anchor Red Travel Backgammon

 

 

2. Brooklyn Slate Tournament Attaché

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Brooklyn Slate is year-after-year a best seller for Crisloid enthusiasts. This classic neutral-toned backgammon set sure is masculine. Its dark gray exterior shimmers with slight shades of blue depending on the lighting. Black and white marbled checkers and leather cups make this an intimidating backgammon battlefield.

$250 – Brooklyn Slate Tournament Attaché Backgammon

 

 

1. Legacy Hops Tournament Attaché

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We all know somebody who only wants the best. This is the backgammon set for them. Our Legacy Hops backgammon set features an olive faux-reptile exterior, a point design unique to the Legacy Series, chestnut leather trip-lip cups, pearl dice and doubling cube, and beautiful red and gold pearl checkers that have been grooved for easy movement.

$400 – Legacy Hops Tournament Attaché Backgammon

Roman Gladiator Backgammon

Trivia Thursday

How did Roman Emperor Claudius customize his backgammon set?

Take a guess in our comments section. Read through for the answer!

One day, a customer inquired about a backgammon board with a Roman gladiator motif and knew exactly what he had in mind. Jimmy and Craig worked together on this design until it was the board he dreamed of.

Featuring a point design with the Roman weapon of choice —the gladius— on an aged parchment design on canvas fields. Julius Caesar’s battle cry “Alea iacta est!” or “The die is cast!” is a constant reminder of the backgammon battle ahead. Around the board’s bumpers are other Latin phrases sure to keep your head in the game.

Morituri te salutant  //  Those who are about to die salute you
Vincit qui patitur  //  He conquers who endures
Qui gladio ferit, gladio perit  //  Live by the sword, die by the sword
Fortes fortuna adiuvat  //  Fortune favors the brave
Vivere militare est  // To live is to fight

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Design your very own custom Crisloid backgammon set today!
Our designer will have a mockup design for you in 24-48 hours.

TRIVIA ANSWER

Historians say Emperor Claudius was an avid gamer. He played backgammon on long journeys in his chariot, custom-built with its own game set. We think he would have loved a Crisloid Travel Backgammon Set.

Crisloid’s Guide to Doubling Cubes

If the doubling cube in your backgammon set doesn’t get any play, you’re missing out on a strategic, fun part of the game. Before handing your opponent the cube, it’s important to know how to use it to your advantage.

Here’s a quick guide on the rules regarding the cube with some basic ideas on offering, accepting and dropping it.

 

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What does the doubling cube do?

The doubling cube allows either player to double the stakes of the game. It also increases the costs for gammons (twice the cube number) and backgammons (triple the cube number).

 

When can I use the doubling cube?

The cube must be used when its your turn, but before you roll the dice. If your opponent refuses the offer, he forfeits the game.

 

How should I use the doubling cube?

Many players automatically double the stakes if the initial dice rolls to determine who starts the game are identical. Automatic doubling is generally limited to once per game.

If you’re well ahead in a game, it may seem like a no-brainer to double the stakes. However, even novice players know the momentum in backgammon can swing in just a few rolls of the dice.

Once you’ve offered the doubling cube, your opponent controls it. It’s a very effective weapon. When your opponent rallies and controls the doubling cube, the stakes are no longer in your favor.

 

When your opponent hands you the cube should you choose to drop it and cut your losses?

There’s no easy answer for this question, but backgammon experts seem to agree that unless the game is really a lost cause it pays to accept the offer. If you accept the cube in a game where there’s some potential for a comeback and pull out a victory instead of forfeiting, the percentage of times you can do this outweighs the losses from refusing to accept the doubling cube.

 

Let’s hear from you.

Is the doubling cube in your backgammon set collecting dust, or do you use it as a strategic weapon? Whether you’re a novice player or seasoned pro, we would love to learn more about how Crisloid players are using the doubling cube. Let us know how you’re putting it in play or if you have any questions on how the cube should be used. Join in the conversation, stir up some debate and offer strategy tips to help others gamers learn to dominate their opponents.

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Happy Alaska Day!

One of our most loyal customers reached out to us to design a backgammon board celebrating the state of Alaska. Robert Stoller is a cofounder of the Anchorage Backgammon Club. A proud resident and historian, he tells us about Alaska Day:

By way of historical background, “Alaska Day” commemorates the formal transfer of possession of the then Territory of Alaska from Captain Pestchouroff, the representative of the Emperor of Russia, to United States General Louvell Rousseau at Fort Sitka, Alaska on Friday October 18, 1867.

 

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New Backgammon Patterns for Spring

Spring is around the corner, and Crisloid is releasing new patterned points sure to brighten up your home and your gameplay.

These gingham and polka-dot points are easy to match to a shirt, tie, or pocket square, so you can arrive to the next tournament or game night with style that’s sure to make heads turn.

This board features a custom Crisloid doubler featuring number styles and text to match the point patterns.

Interested? Join our mailing list and follow us on our social media below to be the first to find out more.

Mardi Gras Series

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We received a call from a long-time loyal customer, expressing interest in making some backgammon sets with a Mardi Gras theme in mind. The customer knew exactly what shades of purple, green, and gold he wanted. Once he opted for canvas fields, Jimmy on our design team immediately had a visual in his mind.

These custom fields feature a fleur-de-lis pattern, a symbol often used in French cultures, notably in New Orleans, known for its elaborate Mardi Gras celebrations. The fleur-de-lis, meaning lily flower, has three petals for faith, wisdom, and chivalry. In Mardi Gras history, purple was picked to represent justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

When the customer received his custom tabletop, he was so enthralled with it, he ordered another one just like it in a Tournament Attaché.

Pink & Purple – Legacy Midnight

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This board was custom-made to be given as a gift. The customer worked with Jimmy on our design team to create the perfect Christmas gift. After lots of communication, they finally found the colors perfect for what the customer wanted.

These black canvas fields with custom points went perfectly with the Legacy Midnight exterior. The pink and purple checkers featuring clear marbling were custom made for this set. For more subtle customization, the leather cups were engraved using our newer monochrome technique.