Rules on Running a Backgammon Chouette

Normally you will find backgammon games involve only two players at a time. This is true since the standard rules would only say that there are only two sides to take. Fortunately there are other variations of backgammon that any enthusiast can try. One such variation that may spark your interest is called chouette. We'll go over backgammon rules for a chouette and see how this works.

A chouette is a variant or type of backgammon that is played by more than two players. It may sound strange at first but as we move forward we'll see how challenging and interesting a chouette can be. You won't be adding more checkers and crowd all those pieces on your backgammon board. To play this game you will still use a standard backgammon set.

All players participating in a chouette will still roll one dice in the opening roll. The player who makes the highest roll is assigned to play the position called the box. The player in the box gets to play this game against the rest of the players, who will now work as a team.

The team will have a captain assigned to them, which is the player having the second highest roll. The box will use the two highest results as the opening roll. The other players will act as advisers to the captain. The team members are ranked accordingly from the player who made the highest rolls to the lowest.

If the box wins that player stays as the box and collects winnings from each member of the team. But if the box loses to the team then the player designated as the box pays each member of the team. The captain takes the role of the box in the next game and the former box takes the last position in the team's hierarchy. The new captain is the next highest player in the team. Chouettes are only single games and not played as a match. If new players join in they take the bottom position in the team's hierarchy.

The captain will make the final decision in case there is a disagreement in the team about how to play a certain roll. The captain also gets to move the checkers in the entire game. Some chouettes will allow consultation and some won't though a popular notion is to allow consultation after the initial cube action.

Some chouettes will only have one doubling cube though you'll find many chouettes where each member of the team has a doubling cube and takes or passes on their own accord. There is a popular rule that says if only one team member takes then that take must be dropped.

These are the usual backgammon rules that apply to chouettes. There are other rules that are specific to some chouettes you can find online so be sure to check those as well since they won't apply to all chouettes.