Dominoes are small rectangular wood or plastic blocks with a surface that is blank or marked by dots resembling those on dice. A domino is normally twice as long as it is wide, and most are glued together along their edges. Dominoes are used to play games of chance or skill, in which a player or players try to get a line of pieces to fall in a particular way. Dominoes are also used as a decorative element in art and craft projects, including building structures such as curved lines and grids that form pictures when the pieces fall.
A domino may also be used as a metaphor for a situation in which one event leads to another, with the subsequent events having a greater effect than might have been expected. This is often referred to as the Domino Effect. The term is also used to describe a business strategy that involves acquiring smaller companies and then using their assets to dominate a market.
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The most common domino sets have 28 tiles, but larger ones are available. Most players use the same set throughout a game, although they may substitute other tiles in place of those that have been lost or destroyed. A set of dominoes can be augmented by adding additional “ends” (or rows of spots) to the original ones. This can increase the number of possible combinations of ends and therefore the number of games that can be played with the set.
Most domino games are governed by rules that specify the order in which the players must draw their hands and the rules of the particular game. Generally, the player who draws a double (or a triple) starts the game, followed by the player with the highest single and then by all other players in turn. If a player plays out of turn, he must recall the tile before the next player makes his play.
A player’s seat at the table is determined by lot. After the stock of dominoes has been shuffled, each player draws a hand of the number of tiles specified in the game’s rules. If no player has a high double, the player with the highest single seats himself to the right of the next player. In some cases, a player may choose to draw new hands if there is a tie in seating arrangements.
The most popular domino games are bidding games, blocking games, scoring games and round games. Some of these are simple, while others involve more complex rules and strategy. The popularity of domino games is attributed to their ability to engage and challenge players in a social environment.