Domino is a game in which players take turns placing tiles on the table that have a number showing at one end. These tiles are called dominoes or tiles and may be made from wood, bone, plastic, or other material. They are also known as bones, pieces, men, stones, tickets, or spinners.
There are many variations on how the game is played, but they generally involve a single chain of dominoes that gradually increases in length. When all the tiles are played, the player with the most pips on their dominoes wins the game. Depending on the rules, doubles are either counted as one or two (a 6-6 counts as two), and blanks are sometimes “wild” and can be assigned any value.
The first round is usually a scoring round, where the winner takes all of the pips on their own dominoes and then adds them to the pips on the other players’ dominoes, giving them a total sum. After the first round, there are a few more rounds of scoring before the final winner is determined.
Traditionally, European-style dominoes are made from bone or silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell, but a wide variety of other materials are available for modern sets. Some are even made of frosted glass or crystal, and others use metals like brass or pewter.
A domino set is a collection of individual dominoes that are typically 28 pieces in number and can be made from a wide range of materials including metal, stone, glass, and ceramic clay. The sets can be as simple or complex as the player desires.
When a set is ready to play, all the tiles are shuffled together before the game begins. Afterward, each player places the tile they want to play in front of them.
There is a general rule that the tile must be placed in such a way that its two matching sides are adjacent, with the exception of doubles. The tile must also be placed perpendicular to the double and across its middle. If the dominoes are stacked in long rows, then a single domino can be tipped over and cause the other dominoes to also tip over, creating complex patterns.
These patterns are commonly seen in games of billiards, poker and other casino-style gambling. However, it can be difficult to create such patterns in a regular game of dominoes, especially if the tiles are only a few inches thick or if the playing surface is prone to wear and tear.
Some children have a fun activity using a collection of dominoes that involves stacking the tiles on top of each other to create very complex designs. This is referred to as domino toppling and can be a great form of entertainment!
Another common activity with a collection of dominoes is the stacking of these pieces on end. This is a simple game that can be played by adults and children of all ages.
The domino effect is a phrase that refers to any situation in which one small action can lead to a series of events that can have much greater consequences than expected. It is derived from an idea first put forward in the United States during the Cold War. The idea, known as the falling domino theory, was attributed to an American journalist named Joseph Alsop. The principle was used to explain how Communism would spread from Eastern Europe to Asia during the Cold War, as it was thought that once a country became Communist, other smaller countries in its region were likely to follow suit.