The Basics of Dominoes


Domino, or dominoes, is a game that can be played with either a single player or multiple players. The rules for each variation of the game are different, but all follow a similar pattern. When playing a domino game, each tile is placed on the table in such a way that its ends match up with other tiles to form a chain that gradually increases in length. The way the tiles are arranged in the chain is known as the line of play. Generally, a player will not play a tile that results in the line of play becoming a multiple of five or three.

Lily Hevesh began collecting dominoes as a child and enjoyed watching the curved and straight lines of dominoes fall, one after another. She decided to turn her love of dominoes into a business, and now she is a professional domino artist who creates stunning setups for movies, television shows, events, and even pop stars. She has a YouTube channel where she shows off her creations.

While some people may consider domino to be a simple game, it is actually quite complex. A lot of thought goes into each set. Hevesh begins her domino creations by creating 3-D sections. She then adds flat arrangements and finally lines that connect all of the pieces together. The entire process takes around four hours to complete.

Before Hevesh can start domino-ing, she has to make sure the dominoes are ready. The first domino in a chain must have a number that can be counted, and the ends of the dominoes must be adjacent to each other. Typically, the first domino in a chain is a double. If a player places a double that is not adjacent to an existing double, the players must “stitch up” or connect the ends of the chains with a third tile.

A player must draw a minimum of two tiles from the stock to have a legal hand for each round of the game. If a player draws more tiles for his hand than he is entitled to, it is called an overdraw and he must take back the extra dominoes without looking at them. Once a player draws his final domino, the game is over.

Dominoes move by friction, which means that a domino’s top slips against the bottom of the next domino. This creates energy that can be used to push on the next domino. When the first domino is pushed, it releases that energy, and the rest of the chain follows suit. This is known as a Domino Action, and it’s a perfect example of how small actions can have a dramatic impact. Domino actions are like scripts that trigger a series of commands. The smallest domino can tip over thousands of other dominoes. This is what makes the process so fascinating and powerful.