##### The Basics of Dominoes

Typically made from wood or ivory, dominoes are small rectangular blocks that are used in various games. They are marked with spots, a line, and a number on one side. The other side is blank.

Dominoes can be arranged in rows or in long lines. When they are lined up in a row, the pieces are called “doubles.” Doubles are used in both positional and trick-taking games. However, they are mostly used in positional games. If the opponent plays to a double, he or she must place the tile perpendicular to the double’s center touching.

Another type of domino game is called “draw.” A draw is a four-player game played with a double-nine set of dominoes. In this game, each player picks 12 tiles. Using these tiles, the players must then chip out the dominoes to determine the winner.

The name domino is derived from the French word meaning masquerade mask. It came into use in the 18th century. After being introduced to France by French prisoners of war, the game spread to England and Europe.

Chinese dominoes are a little different. They are made of dark hardwood such as ebony. Unlike European dominoes, Chinese sets do not have duplicates or other non-standard designs. Instead, each piece in a Chinese domino set represents each possible face of two thrown dice.

Some of the more elaborate sets, such as the double-18, contain 190 tiles. The double-21 set contains 253 tiles. As the set grows in size, identifying the pips becomes harder. Several large sets are also designed with Arabic numerals instead of pips.

The most common variant of the domino game is a two-player game. One player begins the game by playing a domino. Once a player has chipped out all of his or her tiles, the game is over.

Usually, a domino set is a combination of seven different types of tiles. The first is the traditional set, which is made up of one piece for each of the possible combinations of two ends that have zero to six spots. These pieces are normally made of wood, but they can also be made of other rigid materials.

Most of the larger domino sets are designed to be stacked on end. These are often called “block” domino sets. Because the chain shapes are designed to work with the playing surface, a player’s whims will have a big effect on the size of the domino chain. During the mid-18th century, dominoes were discovered in Italy and France. By the early 1800s, the game had spread to southern Germany and Austria.

Traditionally, European-style dominoes were made from dark hardwoods such as ebony, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell, and bone. But dominoes are also available in other materials, such as plastic.

There are a variety of different types of domino games, and most of them involve adaptations of card games. There are also variations that include a “draw” element and the use of multicolored tiles.