The Basics of Domino
Domino is a game that uses a variety of tile types and is often played against a computer. It can be played with a family, friends, or as a competitive team, with one or three other players. The aim of a domino game is to gain as many points as possible. There are different variants of the game and each variant is played with a different number of rounds. In the most basic version, two players play a block game using a double-six set.
For a two-player block game, each player draws seven tiles from the double-six set. These tiles are then mixed up, and the player who drew the tiles is the first to play. Before the game begins, the players determine the target score for each round.
Once all rounds are complete, the winner is determined. If the two players are unable to reach the target score, the other player has the option to draw from the remaining tiles in the hand. Depending on the variation, this draw can be as early as the second round, or as late as the fifth round. Some games even allow both partners to chip out. This is an interesting tactic, as it allows a player to “stitch up” the ends of their domino, which is a helpful strategy.
For a four-player block game, each player draws twelve tiles. Each tile in the set is assigned to a suit. Typically, the set has no blank tiles, although a single tile can be part of both suits.
When each player picks a tile, they place it face up in the middle of the table. The back of the tile is usually blank, and may be decorated, or left unadorned. Players can then decide how to place the tile. Normally, the player with the most dominos in their hand will play first. However, this can be determined by drawing lots.
Each of the seven tiles in the double-six set can be used in a variety of different domino games. Players can use tiles to add to a line of dominoes, or to shuffle the deck of tiles. Alternatively, players can join two tiles at right angles to form an L. Other games involve joining a tile to all four sides of a domino.
One of the most common sets of dominoes is the double-six. This set has 55 tiles and can be used in a number of different games. Unlike European dominoes, which have no Chinese suit distinctions, the Chinese domino set includes each possible face of two thrown dice. A single tile belongs to the suit of 0 or threes, and a double is always placed crossways across the end of the chain.
Another common set of dominoes is the double-nine, which has 59 tiles. In this set, each tile is numbered from 0 to 6, and the number on the side of the tile corresponds to the number on the tile. Usually, the first tile is a double-six.