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Sugoroku (雙六 or 双六) (literally 'double six') refers to two different forms of a
Ban-sugoroku plays identically to backgammon (it even has the same starting position), except for the following differences:
The game is thought to have been introduced from
It is known that in the centuries following the game's introduction into Japan it was made illegal several times, most prominently in 689 and 754. This is because the simple and luck-based nature of sugoroku made it an ideal gambling game. This version of sugoroku and records of playing for gambling continuously appeared until early Edo era. In early Edo-era, a new and quick gambling game called
This variant of the backgammon family has died out in Japan and most other countries, with the Western style modern backgammon (with doubling-cube) having some avid players.