Dominoes – A Game of Tiles
Domino, a game of tiles used in the European and Chinese gaming traditions. Its origins date back to ancient China, where the word pupai is derived from the Chinese phrase “pu tsung pao”.
Dominoes are a family of tile-based games played with gaming pieces (known as dominoes), which consist of rectangular tiles with a line dividing them into two square ends. Each end is marked with a number of spots, also called pips or dots. The fronts of the tiles are usually blank.
Originally, each domino represented one of the 21 results of throwing two six-sided dice (2d6). However, the game has since evolved into various forms.
The most common type of game is played with a set of 28 dominoes. The first player starts by placing a domino next to another domino in their stock or boneyard, which is a pile of all of the dominoes they own that are face down. The second player then picks a domino from the stock or boneyard that matches the pips of the domino on which they placed the first domino.
For example, if the first player chooses the domino that has five pips, then the second player will pick a domino that has four pips. This continues until the second player has no dominos with matching values to the ones that were played by the first player.
Most modern domino sets contain 28 tiles, but some are larger than this. Larger sets have many more combinations of pips than the standard set. These sets are known as extended sets, and a common set is double-nine (55 tiles), followed by double-12 (91 tiles), double-15 (136 tiles), and double-18 (190 tiles).
A dominoes set can also be referred to as a pack or deck. In the US, a typical deck of dominoes is composed of 28 tiles; in the UK, a deck consists of 52.
Some dominoes are made of wood, while others are plastic or metal. In some cases, the dominoes are inlaid or painted with contrasting colors. In other cases, they are simply plain.
There are also several different types of domino sets available on the market, including those that use a single material for both the fronts and the backs. These are referred to as hybrid domino sets, and they are often much more expensive than their plastic counterparts.
Despite their cost, some people are still interested in buying the more expensive and intricate sets, such as those that feature natural materials like silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (MOP), ivory, and bone. These sets are considered more sophisticated and are less likely to break or get smashed.
A growing popularity of dominoes as a hobby has led to the creation of numerous websites dedicated to the games, and a few even offer tutorials on how to play them. Some of these sites are free, and some charge a small fee. While some of these websites are created by professional dominoes artists, others are made by amateurs with a passion for dominoes and a desire to share their knowledge.