A Basic Overview of Dominoes

This article will provide a basic overview of the game of dominoes. You will learn how to play with Chinese dominoes, Ivory nut dominoes, and Block dominoes. We’ll also go over how to play Thierry Denoual’s unique style of dominoes. After you’ve read this article, you should be ready to take the game up a notch!

Thierry Denoual’s domino game

Thierry Denoual created a new variant of the domino game, featuring pictures instead of numbers. Published by Blue Orange Games, this game is a fun, portable game that allows players to play for as long as they wish. The objective of the game is to build a circle of three dominoes, collecting as many points as possible. Players may play as many rounds as they want, but they must not build a circle that connects two opposite ends of the board.

Ivory nut dominoes

Ivory nut dominoes have been around for centuries. They were once made of ebony or ivory, but now are made from tagua nut. Both types are highly dense and hard, making them similar to mammal ivory. However, the ends of the dominoes are more like wood than ivory. They are also highly valuable, as they are banned for sale and are considered antiques.

Chinese dominoes

Chinese dominoes are a board game that uses dominoes. Each player takes turns trying to make combinations of numbers. The total number of combinations is twenty-one. In traditional Chinese dominoes, the pieces are twenty-one; however, some of these tiles are duplicated and may be paired in different sets. Modern sets typically consist of 28 pieces, which include one tile with no dots and six tiles with zero dots on one side. The number of combinations varies depending on the game being played.

Block dominoes

Block Dominoes is a game similar to draw dominoes. The tiles are mixed up before being placed face down on the table. Two players take seven dominoes and three or four take five. The remaining dominoes are placed on one side of the table, called the Boneyard. These tiles are not used in the first round. Players try to eliminate all tiles and score 100 points in a row.

Draw dominoes

One of the simplest variations of the domino game is Draw Dominoes. Players compete to score at least 100 points before their opponent. The game uses a standard set of twenty-eight dominoes or a double-six set of dominoes. Players must draw all their tiles, and the tiles of their opponents are kept in a boneyard. Players can draw up to four different tiles at a time, and the object of the game is to accumulate 100 points before your opponent.


In a domino game, blockages are a way to end a round. If a game is tied, the player who places the last tile wins. If a game is blocked, the winner is the player with the lowest score. When a game is blocked, the player gets the pip total of all of the other players’ tiles, minus the pip count of their own tiles. Blockages in domino games can be won by either player, so it’s important to decide the rules for this before playing.

Scoring in dominoes

Depending on the game, some players score by constructing houses, while others simply keep score by adding up the pips of all their tiles. In either case, a player with a high hand has an advantage if he or she can count the number of tiles that are outstanding. Beginners usually have trouble doing the math in their heads and are prone to rounding off their scores to the nearest five. However, advanced players will usually know exactly how to calculate the total pips on each tile before a turn is played.