How do you play Backgammon?

The object of Backgammon is to move your game pieces from the starting point to your opponent's starting point, and then remove them from the board. So, it is a race around the board, basically. If you leave one of your pieces exposed, it can be placed in the middle of the board, and you have to roll to get it back from there before continuing with other pieces. Additionally, it returns to the starting area, losing any progress it had made previously.