The game of dominoes is a family of tile-based games. The tiles are rectangular in shape with two square ends, each marked with a number of spots. The goal is to eliminate as many dominoes as you can before your opponent does. There are four basic rules to playing dominoes:
Xuan He Pai Pu is the earliest known manual written about dominoes
The game of dominoes is thought to have been invented during the Yuan dynasty in China, and the earliest known written reference to the game comes from Qu You, who wrote the Xuan He Pai Pu around 1112. During the early fifteenth century, the game was referred to as Chinese chess and was still being played in some parts of China. The rules are simple, with a game of dominoes being won by matching four identical pieces in a row. The earliest known version of the game was played with a player combining three dominoes.
Chinese dominoes have no blank faces
The dominoes originated in China. Chinese dominoes were made to represent all possible throws of two dice and were known as ‘dotted cards’. Western dominoes have blank faces and are played edge-to-edge, while Chinese dominoes have no blank faces and duplicate whole tiles. These differences make Chinese dominoes a slightly more difficult game to master, but they do have some advantages.
Modern dominoes sets have more pips
The number of pips on a group of dominoes can range from 28 to 190. Standard domino sets contain no more than 28 pieces and maximum six on each side. Double-six sets have sixty-eight pips. In addition, modern domino sets often include additional pips to accommodate more players. Regardless of the number of pips, all dominoes are playable and are available in a variety of colors.
Eisenhower’s domino theory
President Eisenhower often referenced the domino theory when he talked about communism and the need to contain its spread. He used the theory to justify his intervention in Indochina and Franco’s Spain. The United States and Communist nations agreed that the domino theory did not require the policing of governments around the world, but they wanted to beat Moscow. Nonetheless, many people have questioned Eisenhower’s domino theory and whether or not he really meant it.
Rules of the game
There are two ways to win the game. You can either be the winner or loser depending on the number of tiles you own. Either way, the object is to get rid of as many dominoes as possible. The first person to do this is called the “Domino”. The game ends when no one can add a new tile to their hand. If you win, you subtract your opponent’s pips and add your own.