The Basics of Dominoes
Traditionally, a game of dominoes is scored by awarding pips to a player’s tiles in turn. Doubles, for example, count as one, while double-blanks are worth zero or fourteen points. Before the game begins, players will decide on a maximum number of points they wish to score. The player who achieves this target score wins. In some variations, players may agree to divide the total amount by five.
The rules of dominoes vary, depending on the type of game. Traditionally, players start by creating a platform with three or four dominoes. They then take turns playing tiles to that platform. The goal is to build a tower that is stable and precarious enough to fall over for the player to come after them. Players who are successful in doing so will be rewarded with giggling and surprised shouts.
There are countless variations of the game, but the most basic version is played between two players. In this game, players draw seven tiles from a double-six set, which each player alternates. When the line is completed, the player with the highest score wins. If the opponent has no dominoes, he or she must draw from his or her unused tiles. After the game, the winning player will receive a set of dominoes equal to the total pip count of the loser’s hand.
The game’s origins are obscure, but it is believed that the game has been played for hundreds of years. Documents from the 13th century in China mention the game. Traditionally, dominoes have been played with a double-6 set, but today, the game has expanded to include a wider range of sizes. Unlike dominoes, these modern-day counterparts have become increasingly popular as party games. They can be played with multiple players and are very flexible in terms of rules.
The basic game of dominoes requires players to place matching tiles in the correct way so that they have two open ends. Doubles are placed in a cross-ways layout with the double straddling the opposite end. During the game, additional tiles may be placed against one of the long sides of the double. However, there are some variations that allow for a more complicated set, including double-eight dominoes containing 190 tiles.
Although the game of dominoes has many variations, the Chinese version is closest to the game of Western card games. While the game of dominoes is similar to those found in the West, Chinese games are more complex and challenging. However, the earliest known version of dominoes is similar to poker, but its rules are distinctly different. For example, the Chinese version of dominoes is a game of chance.
The modern game of dominoes originated in China during the Yuan Dynasty. Chinese prisoners introduced the game to Italy in the eighteenth century. From there, Europeans picked up the game and gave it its name. Nowadays, dominoes are played in many variations, including scoring and blocking games. In any case, dominoes are an exciting and versatile game to play with friends or family. So, go ahead and try your hand at dominoes!