# The Basics of Domino

The game of domino is a family of tile-based games that is played with a set of rectangular tiles, each with two square ends marked with the number of spots on each side. Traditionally, players used two pairs of dominoes to form sets, and then used a score to determine which pair was superior. This article will introduce the basics of the game of domino, and explain the rules of the game. In addition to the rules, you will also learn the variations and the pieces of the game.

## Rules

The main objective of the Rules of Domino is to form ‘cells’ of dominoes, each with an area of half a domino tile. Every ‘cell’ a player creates earns one point. The graphic illustration below shows various examples of cell formation and tactics, using Game Option 1.

## Variations

The word “domino” derives from a Venetian Carnival costume. A black robe and white mask were worn by a player to participate in the festivities. No language has an equivalent word for “polyomino”. There are several popular variations of the game. Some of the most famous are the Domino Whist, Texas 42, and the Mexican Train. Other popular variations include Double Fives and Threes.

## Pieces

A family of tile-based games, pieces of domino are rectangular pieces with square ends. Each spot on each domino represents a number of points. A player takes turns attempting to score as many points as possible by arranging the pieces of the same color in a row. Attempting to achieve a perfect score by stacking all the pieces of the same color will win you the game. If you’ve been playing dominoes for some time, you’ll recognize the rules.

## Score

Dominoes, also known as bones or cards, are dice with squares on either side. They are usually twice as long as they are wide. There is a central line, and each side is divided into two squares, called ends. The value of each side is based on how many spots are on that side. In the most popular variant, there are six pips on each side, and on the other, there are no pips at all. The sum of the pips on either side is called its weight.

## Free-agency period

The NBA free-agency period follows a predictable pattern. Teams identify players they want and move on to the next best available player if they can’t get that player from their current team. In 2018, the domino effect may begin with Kyle Lowry. If he signs with a new team, he could start a domino effect among free agents. But that’s not the only scenario for this free-agency period.

## Origin

The origin of the domino is shrouded in mystery. Although some historians believe that the game was first played as far back as 1120 AD in China, others believe it may have been first played in Asia or Egypt. The earliest known set of dominoes was found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, king of the 18th dynasty, around 1355 BC. While the origins of dominoes are unknown, the game has remained a popular pastime and can be enjoyed by all ages.

## Gameplay

The basic rule in dominoes is to place a tile onto the playing surface so that two adjacent ends touch. Doubles may be played only once, or they can be placed at both ends. When the player puts a tile in a double’s hand, it is considered to have “stitched up” the end of the chain. If both ends of the chain are obstructed, the player with the lowest hand wins.