The Basics of Dominoes
A domino is a small, rectangular game piece with anywhere from 0 to 6 dots. Dominoes are matched to each other to create complex patterns when they are knocked down. When you play a domino game, the goal is to match side-by-side tiles to win.
Dominoes are typically made from wood, glass, or other materials, and have contrasting black or white pips (inlaid or painted). They can range in thickness from one-quarter to a full inch. Some sets are designed to be stacked, and they may have multiple rows of pips to give a variety of patterns.
Some Dominoes are hand-crafted from natural materials, such as bone or silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl). A few are also made of ceramic clay and frosted glass.
The most common European-style domino set is made from bone, ivory, or a dark hardwood, with contrasting white or black pips (inlaid or painted). Some are carved out of solid stone, and some are made from metals such as brass.
These hand-crafted dominoes are a favorite of the design community and have been used for many art installations, including ones by artists such as Thierry Denoual. Other dominoes are sculpted from different materials, including stone and plastics.
Dominoes are also a popular children’s toy and can be used to play several games. The most basic game is called draw, in which players take turns drawing a domino from a stack. Each tile has a different number of pips, and the player who draws the highest number wins.
In addition, players can play a variety of other variations of the draw game. These include matador, where the player isn’t trying to match an adjacent domino but to make a number that totals seven when added to its open end, and muggins, where the goal is to make the sum of the tiles’ open ends a multiple of five.
Another popular variation is a transportation-themed version called the draw. This uses 140 square tiles with a few of them being bent into 120-degree curves, allowing the line of play to branch off in several directions.
The game of dominoes is a popular form of tabletop entertainment that dates back to the 18th century. It was first played in Italy, where it quickly spread to Austria, Germany and France.
Eventually, it became a popular pastime for the upper classes of Europe. It was a common game for parties and a way to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, births, and anniversaries.
It inspired the domino effect, which is when one action inevitably causes others to fall. This is a concept that can be applied to a wide variety of situations, from personal growth to business.
If you think about all the things you do on a daily basis, you can probably come up with dozens of examples where this principle applies. It’s a great way to prioritize your stream of ideas and make sure that you’re taking advantage of every opportunity.