Here is some common etiquette observed in backgammon. These are viewed in both the live and electronic backgammon game.
1. Use a friendly tone in greeting your competitors at all times. Just do not continue and roll the dice.
2. Always say goodbye after a match. Thank the player for a nice game, or whatever gives him some comfort.
3. On a double, gently put the cube in the middle and say twice. For a take, place it on your side and say “take”. When you fall, place the cube correctly where it belongs. and utter of course “the drop” or “steps”.
4. The sign should be controlled by both parties. You should declare the sign or accept the signing of your sign opponent, after each game. In a Crawford game, the sign announcement should be done during the start and the cube must be taken off the board.
5. Before rolling, the nuts must be shaken three times. Avoid shaking when your opponent is playing or pondering about a game.
6. Stay silent and again while your opponent is both calm and still while your opponent is evaluating or playing.
1. Avoid mentioning your opponent’s luck or lucky spins, in the duration or at the end of the match. It is similar to assuming that he is winning or won due to luck not from his skills.
2. Do not describe the defective roll of your opponent or your good bettors. It is annoying and whimsical.
3. Avoid holding the doubling cube if you mean doubling yourself. In fact, obvious or secretly, it could be a kind of dishonesty.
4. Unless your competitor is picked up on his dice, never roll the dice. Premature rolling, or at the same time taking his dice, can cause conflict whether or not the bettor counts, or whether or not the player is with contemplation about his game. This also unjustly accelerates the competitor in the game.
5. Avoid laughing or giggles when your opponent rolls a bad roll, or rejoicing when you get a good roll.
6. Avoid delaying. It’s not bad if you ponder about a real hard decision about your game. Even seasoned veterans take the time to evaluate all the circumstances. However, taking too long on a basic decision between two games in the early stages of the game is quite unacceptable.
7. Avoid communicating with people in the other table. Avoid small conversations and focus your attention on the match.
8. If you want to pause and take down a board position for future evaluation, ask your competitor if he is alright. Do it quickly and avoid doing it many times.
9. Avoid saying “nice bettor” or “good game” after every good bettor and after every game. Giving the compliment is just as telling your opponent that he was just lucky.