The Basics of Dominoes


Many people have fond memories of playing domino. It’s an activity that continues to engage children and adults alike. People enjoy lining up dominoes in long rows and knocking them over. They may also use them to create shapes and other structures, and they can even play games that involve putting them on edge or in a circle.

A domino is a rectangular piece of wood, ivory, or another material that has a pattern of black and white dots on one side, while the other side is blank or identically patterned. The identifying marks on the domino are called pips, which look much like the markings on a die. Most domino sets include 28 tiles, although larger sets exist. There are two main types of domino games: blocking and scoring games. Blocking games have the goal of emptying a player’s hand, while scoring games allow players to compete by counting the total number of pips in their opponents’ hands.

The most basic game of domino involves two players. The dominoes are arranged on a table so that each player can see their own set of tiles. The dominoes are then shuffled and each player draws seven. Players then place their tiles on the table, positioning them so that each tile touches a single end of an existing domino chain. The first player to complete a full row of dominoes wins the game.

Dominoes are typically made from wood, but some are crafted from bone or other materials. They are normally painted or stained in a color that coordinates with the domino’s theme, such as ivory and dark woods for a classic, elegant look. They are also often carved to represent animals, people, buildings, or other natural or man-made features.

A domino can be played on a hard surface or on a specially designed domino table. Some tables have a ridge that helps players stand the dominoes on edge, which makes it easier to make the most of their potential. When a domino is played on a hard surface, it can produce loud, high-pitched sound as it falls.

When playing domino on a hard surface, it is important to check the rules of the specific game before beginning. For example, in some domino games, only certain kinds of tiles can be played. It is also important to keep track of the number of dominoes that each player has in their hands at any given time during a game.

Professional domino artist Hevesh uses a version of the engineering-design process when creating her mind-blowing setups. She considers the overall theme and purpose of the domino project, then brainstorms images or words she might want to incorporate into her design. She then begins to draw a blueprint for the domino installation. This helps her to think about the order in which she will build each layer of the dominoes and how they will fit together. This process is important because, as she builds, each domino must be able to support the weight of the dominoes that will be placed on top of it.