The Basics of Dominoes
In the game of domino, players lay down tiles that have pips on each end. The pips represent a number from 0 to 6, which is represented by the corresponding domino tile. The goal is to match the pips of a tile with a matching pips on another tile in the same set.
A domino is a rectangular tile with a line down the center. Each side has a number on it, which varies from 0 to 6. The most common set is the double-six.
It is often made of bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (MOP), ivory, or a dark hardwood such as ebony. These sets are typically more expensive than those made of plastic or other polymer materials, which can be cheaper but lack the feel and weight of traditional wood dominoes.
Dominoes can be used for a variety of games, including positional games where the tiles are placed edge-to-edge against each other. Some of these games have special rules such as a cross in which the first doublet must be played so that it touches all sides of all the other tiles on the table.
One of the more popular games with a domino set is called “Draw”. In this game, players place dominoes against each other so that their ends are adjacent. This requires a good deal of attention and planning on the part of the players.
This type of domino game can be played with a single-twelve or double-nine set. In the former, the players would each choose 12 dominoes at the start and in the latter, they would each select nine.
The game can also be played with more than two players, with each player choosing three or four dominoes at the start. These players then pick up these dominoes and play against each other, with each player trying to make the best combination of all the tiles on the table.
There are also other forms of dominoes, such as Chinese dominoes and those with a blank face. These have been known since the mid-18th century, but they are not the most common form of dominoes.
Some traditional Chinese dominoes have no pips, and instead represent the 21 results of throwing two six-sided dice. They are often called pupai.
In the West, most dominoes have a variety of numbers on them, ranging from 0 to 6. The most common domino set is the double-six.
While the game of domino originated in Europe, it is now played all over the world. The game was invented in Italy during the 18th century, and spread rapidly throughout Austria, Germany and France. It was brought to England by French prisoners toward the end of that century.
Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, using the domino effect in your story can help drive readers to action. This is because the cascading effect that sets domino tiles one edge in a row creates creates momentum that moves the story forward.