# The Basics of Dominoes

Dominoes are small, rectangular blocks used for playing games. They’re also known as “bones,” “pieces,” “men,” and “stones.” Depending on their material, dominoes can be made of wood, bone, or plastic, and can be used for positional games or stacking.

The game of dominoes can be played by two or more players. The game consists of placing dominoes edge to edge on the table in such a way that all the pairs of adjacent faces are either identical (e.g., 5 to 5) or form some specified total. In some versions of the game, each side is matched, while others use a line to divide the dominoes into two squares called ends, and each end is numbered. In the most common type of dominoes, called double-six, each tile has a number of spots or “pips” that can be read in the middle. The goal is to collect the most pairs.

In a domino game, each player must play a domino onto the table in such a way that it touches one end of a chain. The length of the chain gradually increases as each tile is played. The player must also place a tile so that both the ends of the chain show a number that is distasteful to the other players, and so that both the player and his opponents have a number of tiles available.

Whenever the same number of tiles are played on both sides of the chain, this is called stitching up the ends. In this case, the player may not be able to lay any further tiles, and the game is over.

While the rules for the game vary, there are a few common elements:

The players take turns placing a domino edge to edge on the table in such shapped that all the tiles of each pair of adjacent faces are either identical (e.g., a five to a four) or form some specified total. The players are rewarded for their placements by a score.

As the number of tiles is increased, the game becomes increasingly difficult to win, because the players must constantly choose their numbers. This can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. In addition to determining the numbers of each tile, players must keep track of what tiles are remaining on the table and the number of pairs they have collected.

Once the players have laid all of their tiles, they play their last domino and if it has no pips, “chip out” (play). In some versions of the game, the players must chip out together to win.

When it comes to playing the game of dominoes, there is a lot that can go wrong. But one thing is certain: the first domino that’s knocked down leads to a flurry of activity, resulting in hundreds or even thousands of other dominoes.

This phenomenon is often referred to as the domino effect. It’s a phenomenon that starts with a single action, and is sometimes devastating or even catastrophic.