Dominoes is a popular game played all around the world. It is a game of strategy and luck that can be played with two or more players. The game involves a set of tiles or bones, each of which is divided into two squares, or "pips," that are numbered from one to six.
Objectives of the game
The objective of the game is to be the first player to empty your hand of all your tiles or to score the most points after a set number of rounds. Players take turns placing tiles on the table, matching the pips on their tiles to those on the tiles already played. The player who runs out of tiles first wins the round and scores points for the tiles left in their opponent's hand.
Materials needed to play
To play dominoes, you will need a set of dominoes. A standard set contains 28 tiles, but larger sets with up to 91 tiles are also available. You will also need a flat surface to play on.
Setting up the game
To set up the game, shuffle the tiles face down and then place them on the table in a line. Each player then draws a certain number of tiles, depending on the number of players and the variation of the game being played.
Playing the game
The first player to play a tile is usually the one with the highest double, which is a tile with the same number on both ends. If no one has a double, then the player with the highest pip total on their tile goes first.
Players then take turns placing tiles on the table, matching the pips on their tiles to those on the tiles already played. If a player cannot make a play, they must draw a tile from the stack until they can make a play.
The game continues until one player runs out of tiles or until the game ends after a set number of rounds. If no player can make a move, the player with the lowest total pip count in their hand wins the round.
Scoring the game
At the end of each round, players score points for the tiles left in their opponent's hand. The total number of pips on the tiles in the opponent's hand is added up and the player with the lowest total wins the round and scores points equal to the total number of pips left in their opponent's hand.
The game continues until one player reaches a set number of points, such as 100 or 200.
Variations of dominoes
There are many variations of dominoes, including:
- Block dominoes, where players draw tiles until they have a matching tile to play or until the stack is empty.
- Mexican train dominoes, where players build trains of tiles on the table and can play on other players' trains.
- All-fives dominoes, where players score points for any multiple of five on the ends of the tiles played.
Dominoes is a fun and challenging game that can be played with family and friends. By following the rules and strategies outlined above, you can become a skilled dominoes player and enjoy the game for years to come.