The Basics of Dominoes


Dominoes are small, rectangular blocks used as gaming objects. They are a variant of playing cards and can be made of a variety of materials, including bone, ebony, and ivory. They bear identifying marks on one side, and are blank or identically patterned on the other side.

They are commonly played in the European style, with contrasting black or white pips. They were introduced to Europe in the 14th century and remained popular until the 18th century, though they were largely displaced by Chinese dominoes in the early 19th century.

There are many different types of domino games and most of them involve a player placing tiles on a board or table to create a layout or tableau. These can include blocking games, where the object is to empty one’s hand; scoring games, where the player’s goal is to accumulate points by forming combinations that count as matches; and trick and trump games, which draw inspiration from card games.

The game was brought to England by French prisoners of war in the 1770s and quickly spread throughout the continent. It also appeared in American literature by the 1860s and is still popular today.

Unlike Chinese dominoes, the European sets have no military-civilian suit distinctions or duplicates. They also do not have the distinctions between double-leads and leadless dominoes that go with the game in China.

Like playing cards, dominoes are typically arranged in a grid on the board or table and then shuffled and reshuffled before play begins. Normally, the players take turns picking dominoes from the stock until an opening double is picked. If no one has an opening double, the next-highest double in their hand is played.

The player’s turn ends when he plays his last domino. Then he “knocks” the table, or raps it, and play passes to the next player. The player whose last domino is played wins the round.

In most games, a player’s turn is repeated until someone “chips out.” This happens when they have played their last domino. They then reshuffle the deck and choose their next dominoes.

When designing a domino installation, Hevesh follows a similar engineering-design process to her other projects: First she makes test versions of each section of her installation to make sure it works independently. Then she places them together to check for symmetry and alignment, and films the tests in slow motion so she can make precise corrections as needed.

She then builds the installation in stages, starting with the large 3-D sections, then adding flat arrangements, and finally lines of dominoes that connect them all together.

Having the right dominoes in place can help you achieve your goals faster and easier. This is why Ivy Lee, author of The Millionaire Mindset and a former business partner of Charles Schwab, taught him the “domino effect” concept years ago.

The idea is that if you focus on a specific task that has the greatest impact, that task will push other related tasks forward. This strategy can help you achieve your long-term goals and move your career forward.