Domino is a family of multi-piece tile-based board games, often called domino tiles. Each domino (taken from the Italian “domino” for a small piece) is an rectangular square tile with a square edge dividing it into two flat ends. Each end is clearly marked with either a number of empty spots or otherwise is blank. Dominoes are played in a similar way to Mahjong and Chess, and it’s easy to see why.
Dominoes have a unique regularity that sets it apart from other games. At the start of each new game, each player receives two domino sets – one from the bone set and one from the cover. The bone set contains double-sided dominoes, and all others are single-sided. The result is that there are over 2021 different domino sets available, giving each game a distinctive feel and a whole new way to play. There is even a special kind of domino called the “bone set”, which has no tiles.
Although the game of dominoes begins with tiles, it does not end with them. If you lose your last domino or move out of the playing area, all tiles are legal again. This means that if you are not able to find the same tile on the domino sets that you have, you can continue to play using the tiles that are on the loose tiles. It is important to note that if you are playing a game where more than one player is present, the last played tile is the last played tile for that game.
Dominoes are played on a standard Mahjong table with four circular rows of tiles. A game of domino involves twenty-eight tiles, and when it is completed, the player who has the most domino sets at the end wins. However, dominoes can be played using two players in an inter-player variation. In this version, each player has only thirteen tiles, and all other players are eliminated. To win in this variation, you must have at least twenty-two tiles and the last player with fourteen tiles is considered the loser.
The rules for playing domino involve a random draw for tiles that land in their space and the player draws from the bowls located across from them. If no tiles are drawn, the player may wish to place a duplicate on their bowl. The person with the most domino sets at the end wins.
The four players play against each other in teams. When a team is formed, each player may place a tile on the table. The team leaders take turns picking out tiles and placing them into their respective bowls. The team leaders then take turns choosing a player to act as the “queen” or in simpler terms, the domino head. Once the four players have been seated, the team leader goes to the bowls and chooses randomly for a queen to act as the domino head, and then chooses tiles to place into their dominoes, beginning with the “queen”.