A traditional dart board used with sharp steel-tipped darts can be constructed from soft wood, cork or even compressed paper. The dartboard used in modern electronic dart games is often constructed from a plastic material perforated with holes. Soft-tipped darts are used to protect the dart board from damage. The material used in a dart board rarely affects playing strategy, but some darts may not penetrate a wooden dart board as easily as a cork one.
As time passed, more and more dartboards were developed, for example: the Manchester board has no triples but has two bull's-eyes. The most commonly used is that London board. This is the board used in national and international tournaments, and this is the board from which the games in this book have been devised.