Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. Each tile is rectangular, with two square ends marked with spots. To win a game, you must place the same number of spots at each end of the square as your opponent. Then, the next tile must be placed on top of it, completing a row. The first player to do so wins the game. After two players have won, you may proceed to the next round.
To play domino, each player begins by laying one tile face up in the middle of the table. Then, the next player must match one end of the domino to a portion of the first tile. Some versions of the game allow tiles to join on all four sides. If you have a double, the tile is laid perpendicular to the edge of the first tile. Doubles are counted if both ends of the tile have pips.
A classic domino tower game begins with a platform made from three or four dominoes. Then, players take turns adding dominoes to the platform. To win the game, the towers must be stable enough to survive the turn of the previous player. If they are unstable, they will fall on the next player. Giggling and laughter will likely ensue. Alternatively, players can use other objects as dominoes. The possibilities are endless.
The game is played between two people and can be played with as many as 16 players. Players can be paired, and each player will draw different numbers. The number of tiles is determined by the number of players. For example, two players draw twelve tiles each. If three players draw 11 tiles, they will draw nine tiles each. A six-player game would require five players. Players can also play one domino game against another. The player who has the lowest number of spots wins the game.
The word domino came from the Latin word dominus, which means hood or cape. Later, domino became French, English, and Scottish. The term originally referred to a hooded, mask-like costume worn by a priest in winter. A game that resembles domino today is called ‘Dominoes’. There are even domino costumes. If you love to play Domino, you’ll want to check out the domino costume. The costumes are made of black velvet, and are perfect for any occasion.
Historically, dominoes are closely related to playing cards. It was invented in China in the 1300s and spread to other parts of the world. Today, dominoes represent one of the oldest game tools, and they allow players to test their patience and skill. Their markings represent the results of two dice thrown, and European dominoes are marked with seven extra dominos that represent blank-blank (0-0) combinations.
The history of domino has been contested. Many different theories have been put forth, but the general consensus is that it originated in China and was brought to Europe by French prisoners. The dominos have been found on the Mary Rose wreckage, suggesting that they first appeared in Europe much later. It’s unlikely that they ever made it in the 16th century, but if they did, dominoes would not have escaped history.