# A Beginner’s Guide to Dominoes

Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. The tiles are rectangular in shape with two square ends. Each end is marked with a number that indicates how many spots it has on it. To play the game, you need to try and collect as many spots as possible. If you do, you win.

To play a domino game, players place dominoes in a particular way. First, they must position the tile so that it touches one end of the chain. Second, they must place the tile with a matching end. If a player has two identical doubles, they may only play a tile that matches the number at one end of the chain. The doubles must also be placed perpendicular to the middle tile. As the game progresses, different shapes develop. The shape of the domino chain is not fixed. It depends on the player’s whims and limitations of the playing surface.

The game first appeared in Italy in the early 18th century. It spread to southern Germany and Austria and became a popular pastime. It eventually spread to the United States. In the early nineteenth century, it spread across Europe and became an international craze. In 1771, the French-language Dictionnaire de Trevoux first recorded the word domino. However, the word domino had other meanings earlier. In China, the word meant a game of bones and arithmetic properties of the pips. In this case, the game was an imitation of Western dominoes.

A domino game is played by three to six players. The player who has the highest score wins. The game can also be played with doubles. Players play a double by laying two tiles with the same side number, which equals a high score. If one player is missing a tile, the other players must draw from unused tiles.

The game of dominoes can be simple and complex if you learn all the tricks. The first step in playing the game is to learn the rules. The rules are simple enough, but the game can get quite complex if you’re really good at it. A domino game will teach you number recognition and math skills.

There are many variations of the domino game, and they differ in character. Some are trick-taking games, such as Concentration. Others are solitaire games. Many of the variations were adapted from card games. In some parts of the world, domino games were popular as a way to circumvent religious proscriptions against playing cards.

The game can be played with friends or against a computer. The number of players is important in determining how many tiles you have to draw. A player with two players, for example, will draw twelve tiles. A player with three players, or four players, will draw eleven tiles each.