Domino is a family of multi-game tile-based board games, most notably played with domino tiles. Each domino tile is either a flat rectangular tile with no corner cutout or is otherwise blank. It has four faces, each divided into four quadrants with two lines running across the face divide. The four faces can overlap and be concave or convex, depending on how the tiles are laid out.
domino sets vary widely in size, shape, construction, and quality of tile. A basic domino set should contain at least 100 domino sets. This is usually the minimum number of domino sets that a game set should contain. Higher numbers might be possible but not advisable as the larger the set, the harder it can be to keep track of. Most hobby stores carry a good selection of domino sets.
Like most children’s board games, a standard domino set consists of four dominoes and a mausoleum (the flat board with one bone in the middle). These tiles are numbered with each face having a specific number. Two of the marbles have already been marked for the player’s use. All other tiles are blank. This makes domino sets suitable for all skill levels from novice to advanced.
Most domino sets consist of seven tiles, the seven tiles do not share a specific number. However, it is common for a set to have as many as ten or twelve different tiles. In a game with more than two players, the number of tiles may change depending on whether there are two players or more. In a two-player game the tiles are usually double-sided; for three or four players, they are tri-sided.
Dominoes can be played in a number of ways. Most commonly, a player chooses a tile and places it in front of the others. Then all the players take turns picking a tile from the front of the domino pile and place it in front of their choice. The object is for the last player to return a completed domino to the starting line and claim the win. Sometimes, if four players are playing, the dominoes are arranged in pairs or groups instead of single-sided.
There are a few variations on the basic idea. In a four-player game each player receives one point for each domino they play. The player who has the most points at the end wins. The only variation where you can play a single domino without gaining any additional points is if all of your dominoes have not yet reached the finish line when the last domino player is called out. After that, each player receives one point for each completed domino.