Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. Each domino tile has two square ends that are marked with a number. The object of the game is to place as many dominos as you can in a row. When your row is completed, you win. If you lose all of your dominoes, you have to start over.
There are many variations of the game. Some involve more complicated rules than others. Players must make sure that every tile they place is adjacent to another tile. In most cases, they may play a tile with a matching number on one end, but in some cases, they must play one tile with the matching number at the other end. If a player is able to play a tile with the same number on both ends of a chain, that player is said to have “stitched up” the two ends.
The game first originated in China. In the early eighteenth century, it spread to other European countries, including southern Germany. By the mid-18th century, it had become a popular game in France. The French word “domino” first appeared in a dictionary in 1771, and the game was quickly spread to the rest of Europe. In Europe, dominoes were typically used in positional games, in which players place dominos edge-to-edge against each other. To win, all adjacent faces of the domino must be the same or form a specified total.
There are many variations of the game. The European version has a number of features similar to that of playing cards. The dominoes are typically black and white rectangles that can be lined up in long rows. If one of the dominoes tips over, it causes the next domino in the line to topple. This is known as the domino effect. In many variations of this game, the next domino in the line can be tipped over by the first domino.
The game is played in two-to-four players. The players take turns selecting dominoes to play. The first player must choose a lead piece that has the highest total pip count. The player must also draw as many pieces as they need to complete the game. The opposing players mentally note the available numbers as they play. The game ends when one player chips out. There are also versions of the game where both players must chip out, in which case the partner with the most pip count wins.
A domino set consists of two sets of six dominoes. Each of these sets has a unique piece for every possible combination of two ends with zero to six spots. The highest-value piece is usually a six-sided die. A double-six set contains 190 dominos. If you play the game with two sets, the pieces are often referred to as double-six dominoes.
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