How Domino Is Played

Domino is a game played with flat tiles that have one or more pips on each end. Most domino games have a specific set of rules, but there are many variations. The most common commercially available set is double six with 28 tiles; larger sets exist for play involving more players or for longer games. The tiles are arranged in a boneyard, or stock, and each player draws seven tiles from the stock before starting to play. The first player may choose to be the “setter,” the “downer,” or the “leader.” This decision is based on the particular rules of the game being played.

When playing domino, the tiles are matched in pairs according to their numbers. Each pair forms a suit, with all of the tiles of one suit being identical to each other and all of the tiles of another suit having different numbers. Each suit also contains a single tile with a unique number, known as the ace.

The tiles are then arranged in a circle or a line to form a foundation. Each player then turns over the top of one of his tiles and places it on the foundation. The domino that touches this tile is then played and the next player takes his turn. Depending on the rules of the game, a player may have to place his tile on a “spinner,” which is a domino that can be played on all four sides.

Once all of the tiles are in place, the scoring is determined. Generally, the number of ends of a particular domino is used to determine its value. For example, a five-spot end has the value of 10. Depending on the game being played, some scores are based entirely on a count of all the ends that have been touched or played. This type of score is called a total.

Dominoes have become a symbol of social camaraderie and bonding. They are played in bustling city squares and quiet village homes, bridging cultural differences and fostering human connection. The social importance of domino extends far beyond the game itself and speaks to our innate need for companionship.

While some people play domino to relax, others use it as a tool for problem-solving and planning. Whether in the business world or the creative realm, a well-planned strategy can lead to success.

For authors who use the “pantsing” method of writing—meaning they don’t make detailed outlines and instead write as they go—domino can be an important tool to help weed out scenes that are at the wrong angle or don’t have enough logical impact on those around them. Like the domino effect, a domino can be a powerful force that changes everything for the better.