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Welcome to Games Room

Here you will find our games room product reviews for luxury games, gaming furniture, vintage and modern games room equipment. Game guides on the rules and strategies for games such as Backgammon, Chess, Mahjong, board games and card games. Not all skill games rely 100% on strategy. Chess is a pure skill game. There are no dice, no cards, no element of luck. Backgammon is not a pure skill game since the outcome of the game also depends on the roll of the dice. Even though luck plays a role in the outcome of backgammon, it is still a game of skill and the player who plays the better strategy will win more often than not. The original Chinese form of Mahjong is still considered the gold standard. The basic game of Mahjong is enjoyed not only as a social activity and a form of family recreation, but also for gambling and serious competition.

Zaza & Sacci Luxury Leather Backgammon Sets

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games and is a game of skill, much like Chess, played head-on by two opponents.

Backgammon requires some special equipment— a game board, dice, 30 round game pieces in two colours, and a uniquely numbered cube used for doubling. Backgammon is a gambling activity that has been taken quite seriously for many centuries.

Luxury Leather Backgammon Sets by Zaza & Sacci

Zaza & Sacci has been making fine Italian leather consumer goods since 1987. Their specialty is leather bags and classic board games.

You will find Zaza & Sacci luxury leather backgammon boards in many of the fine stores in Rome, Paris, London, and New York. Zaza & Sacci backgammon sets are hand crafted by skilled artisans in their workshop in Italy.

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How to Play Mahjong

Mahjong, also spelled majiang or mah jongg, as it is played around the world today, is not the ancient Chinese pastime you might think it to be.

Stories are often told of a lonely Tang Dynasty princess who invented the game to ward off boredom more than twelve hundred years ago. Many say Confucius himself enjoyed the game as Ma-chur, and there are even a few who claim the game entertained Noah and his family on the Ark.

In truth, however, the current game was invented only about 150 years ago. In 1846, the rules of a set-forming card game—Ma Tiao, which was similar to Gin Rummy and very popular in Shanghai—were applied to a ceramic tile game by a clever imperial servant named Chen Yu-Men.

Decades later, when China became a Republic in 1912, the game took off as a welcome diversion from troubled times. It was called “mahjong,” which means “hemp bird” or “sparrow,” because getting the winning piece is as difficult as catching the Chinese bird of cleverness.

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