Variations of Dominoes
Originally called “stones” and “bones,” dominoes are small rectangular black and white squares used in games. They are marked with an arrangement of pips and can be played in long lines. The first domino in the line to be tipped over will cause the next domino in the line to tip over as well.
The game of dominoes first appeared in Italy in the early 18th century. It then spread to France and Austria in the mid-18th century. In England it was introduced in the late 1700s. Most of the popular domino games today are adaptations of card games.
Most commonly played are the scoring games, but there are also positional and layout games. The most basic version is for two players, while a number of other versions allow for three or more. To play the game, each player draws seven tiles from a stock. Then each player plays a tile into a trick. Each trick is worth one point, and a complete hand of all seven tricks is worth 42 points.
The most common sets of dominoes are double-six and double-nine, with either a total of 28 or 55 tiles. Typically, the tiles are made of wood or bone, but plastic is also available. The lead piece in a domino set has the highest overall pip count. The pieces that are left behind are called the stock, or boneyard in the United States.
Some of the more complex variations of dominoes involve stacking them on end in a long line. This can create interesting shapes and is a lot of fun to watch. The dominoes are usually twice as long as they are wide.
Another variation is the concentration game, which requires the entire pip count to be 12 in order to win. There are also a number of other variants on the domino.
In the 1860s, dominoes were introduced into the United States. The most popular domino game in Texas is 42. In this game, four players pair up into teams to score. Each player draws a certain number of tiles, and each player plays the highest domino in the line.
Some dominoes are blank, but there are also variations that have different numbers of pips. These variants are more challenging to identify. In general, the larger the set, the more difficult it is to figure out which pips are which. There are some large sets that use Arabic numerals instead of pips.
There are a number of other names for dominoes, including the ticket, the stone, the man, and the bone. The word domino was first recorded in the Dictionnaire de Trevoux in 1771. The origins of the word are unclear, but it was originally a term for a masquerade mask. The Chinese word for the game, Pu, retained the same pronunciation.
The game is often associated with the Marvel Comics character, Domino. He is a member of X-Force and has a love-hate relationship with Cable. He has also been a lieutenant in Cable’s militant group X-Force.