Domino is a popular game played with a set of 28 tiles, or dominoes. The game is played by two or more players, who try to score points in various ways. There are a variety of different games, from simple block-and-draw to intricate layouts with many different rules.
The game originated in Europe, and was introduced to England during the 1700s, purportedly by French prisoners-of-war. It later spread to Austria, southern Germany, and France.
Origin of the word “domino”
The origin of the word domino is somewhat obscure, but it probably comes from a cape or hood that was worn by priests during carnival season or masquerades. The playing piece was originally made with a contrasting black and ivory design, perhaps representing the contrast between the black hood and the white surplice.
In some European countries, the name domino is still used today for this type of game. This is the case in France, where the word first appeared in 1771.
There are various ways to play dominoes, but the most common is the block-and-draw game for two to four players. The dominoes are shuffled face down on the table, with each player drawing a number of tiles, usually seven, to begin the game.
When all of the tiles are drawn, the players attempt to match the tile in their hand with one that they already have in their possession. The player with the lowest pips left in their hand wins.
A variation on this game is 5s-and-3s, which is popular in British public houses and social clubs. The aim of the game is to score points by attaching a domino to one end of those already played, so that the sum of the ends is divisible by five or three.
In the UK, 5s-and-3s is also known as cribbage. There are several variations of the game, but they all share a basic concept: the goal is to score as many points as possible by matching the end tiles to the ones in your hand.
The most common version of this game is played by two people, using a set of double six dominoes. These are arranged on a board, and the game begins with each player selecting seven dominoes from a set of 28.
Some players use the same set of dominoes for every game. This can be a good idea if you are playing with a group, as it ensures that everyone has a similar set of dominoes to play with and can easily pick up the game.
Other sets of dominoes are made from a wide range of natural materials, including bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (MOP), ivory, and dark hardwood such as ebony. These sets often have a more unique look and feel than those made from polymer materials, and the heavier weight makes them feel more substantial.
Another way to create the ultimate domino display is to plan out an entire installation and then let the tiles fall in a specific order. This could include straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, or even 3D structures like towers and pyramids.