It is so much fun to play dominoes. This game has been around for centuries and has been played by generations and generations of kids and kids at heart. Who would fail to remember spending their afternoons playing dominoes with siblings, cousins, parents or playmates? It is an absolute classic game we are all fond of. In fact, this game is already a part of every major culture in the world.
According to history, the game of dominoes may have started from China during the 12th century. However, there are artifacts that point its origin to Egypt and to the Mediterranean. Either way, this game first became popular in Italy during the 18th century. It became immensely popular all over Europe and the world.
As of today, there are quite a few versions of this game. And every version has its own little twist as according to the country it has originated from. Each of these dominoes rules depends according to the place of origin.
Learning About the Game Pieces of Dominoes Roles
It is not difficult to learn what are dominoes rules if you know its primary components. You need to learn how the tiles work individually and altogether.
Basically, a domino is a small tile of about 2 inch long, 1 inch wide, and 3/8 thick. Each tile represents two dice. The tile is referred to as the 'bone'. The most popular set of domino is the double-six.
Tiles are named after the number of dots on each end. The lower number is usually listed first. For example, a tile with 3 on one end and 6 on the other end is called as "3 – 6". Those tiles with the same number on both ends are called "double". So if you have a tile with numbers "5 – 5", it is called "double-five". The heaviest value is double-six and the lightest is the double-blank.
In the game rules, tiles with the same number on ends belong to the same "suit". There are 7 suits with 7 members each.
General Draw Dominoes Rules
There are several versions of games: block, Mexican train dominoes, memory game, and etc. The most common domino game is draw. The rules in this game are very easy to play. In fact, it is the most popular game. So, if you hear somebody inviting you to play dominoes, he is probably inviting you to play draw.
The rules for this game are simple. The game starts by shuffling the tiles on the table. Place the tiles face-down and mix them with your hands.
If there are 2 players, each player should select 7 domino tiles. If there are 3 or 4 players, each should select 5 tiles. Place the tiles in front of you where you can see them. But make sure you keep them well hidden from your opponent. The player with the highest double starts the game.
The next player to the left must place a matching domino next to the first tile. If the first player started with a double-six, you should play the tile with a 6 on it. Otherwise, you have to draw from the boneyard (pile of unselected dominoes) until you get a playable piece. You must pass your turn if you are unable to find a piece to match the tile. The player who runs out of dominoes first wins the round.
Now that we've covered the basics of dominoes rules, have fun and enjoy a wonderful game with your family and friends!