Domino is a game played with tiles or pieces of dominoes, often called “bones,” “pieces,” or “men.” The game may be played with any number of players. The object is to score points by laying the dominoes end to end, with the ends touching. If the exposed ends total any multiple of five, the player is awarded that many points.
In some games, a domino may be laid vertically (or in a “double-blank” configuration) or horizontally, if space permits. When a tile is laid, its open ends are marked with pips. The number of pips on each side of the tile determines its value, with the values typically ranging from six pips down to none or blank.
When playing a single-round game, each player selects a domino from their set of tiles. The first player places the selected domino on the table and the other players follow.
The first player then plays another domino of their own, choosing a tile from the boneyard that matches the value of the domino they just played. If the second player can’t find a domino that matches the value of the domino they already played, they must choose a new domino.
If the second player can’t find pips on their newly played domino, they must place a new tile that has fewer pips than the tile they just played. This process continues until either one player has won by laying all of their dominoes or there are no more pips on the table to be played.
In the United States, the game of dominoes is most often played with a double-twelve set (91 tiles) or a double-nine set (55 tiles). The same game can also be played with any combination of a single set and a set of duplicates.
Some people believe that the origins of the game are Chinese, but there is no proof to support this claim. Instead, the game was brought to Europe in the late 1700s and was first recorded in English literature by the 1860s.
Eventually, it spread to the United States as well. Unlike Chinese dominoes, which feature military-civilian suit distinctions and duplicates, European dominoes were designed to be used in any combination.
When choosing a game, it is important to consider the rules. The rules should be agreed upon before the game begins! In addition, the players should agree on a target number of rounds or points.
The Domino Effect
There is a theory that when you make changes to one behavior, it causes a domino chain reaction. This is why changing your diet or exercise habits can lead to improved health and wellness as a natural side effect. For example, a study published in the journal Nutrition found that participants who decreased their sedentary leisure time had significantly lower fat intake than those who stayed the same.
If you want to improve your business, take inspiration from the domino effect and consider making a change in one area of your business. If you can do this, it’ll trigger a cascade of improvements that can ultimately improve your business overall.