Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. Known also as gaming pieces, dominoes are rectangular tiles with two square ends and a spot on each end. The player can move these tiles around a table to make rows and columns of dominoes. Players can earn points by completing sets of dominoes.
Players begin a game by playing a tile onto the table and then position it so that it reaches the end of the domino chain. Unless the tile is a pair, the player may only play a tile with the same number on one end of the chain. If the tile reaches both ends, the player is said to have “stitched up” the ends.
The game of domino first appeared in the early 18th century in Italy. It then spread to southern Germany, Austria, and France. The game became extremely popular in France by the mid-18th century. In 1771, a French dictionary recorded the word domino. The word domino originally had two meanings in French. The word “domino” was originally used to refer to crude woodcuts on paper, which were popular among peasants.
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A domino tile is a square with a 0 to six dots used in the game of dominoes. In some cultures, dominoes are worn as costumes. This type of costume usually has a hood over the face, and is also worn as a masquerade mask. The word “domino” comes from the Latin word “dominus”. The game’s black underside also gives it its name.
As dominoes fall, they start a chain reaction. Just like the ‘domino effect’ in real life, a falling domino sends a pulse of energy. The pulse travels at a constant speed without losing energy and always moves in one direction. In fact, nerve impulses travel in one direction, and the faster it falls, the faster it will propagate.
Domino is a very ancient game, and is believed to have originated in China. The Chinese originally used dominoes to represent all possible throwings with two dice. In fact, the Chinese use of dominoes is similar to that of playing cards. Historically, Chinese dominoes are known as “dotted cards” because they have no blank faces.
Some versions of domino use scoring to keep track of the game. In these games, the player scores points based on their performance in the game. A popular variation is called Hector’s Rules, which allows players to play double tiles on their opponent’s hands, earning bonus plays.