Originally, dominos were used to play the game of masquerade. The word domino comes from the French word domine, which means black and white hood. The hood was a costume worn by Christian priests in the winter. The word was first recorded in the Dictionnaire de Trevoux in 1771. It was then used in English to refer to the hood or mask worn by a masquerade. The French word domine morphed into the English word dominie.
The domino game was introduced in Europe in the mid-18th century and spread throughout the world. It first appeared in Italy and France, but the game soon migrated to England. Traditionally, European dominos are made of bone, ivory or dark hardwood such as ebony.
The game is played by two to four players. Each player draws a number of tiles for the game. The game can be played with a predetermined number of rounds, or each round can be played until a specified point limit is reached. If the players exceed the time limit, a draw is awarded. The winner of the game is the player who has the fewest points. Some versions of dominoes have a time limit per turn, while others require a player to chip out the other player’s dominoes.
To play dominoes, the player begins by placing the tiles on a table. The player must then place the tile so that it reaches one end of the domino chain. The tile must be placed so that it has a matching number at one end and a number at the other end. If the tile has a matching number at both ends, it is said to have “stitched up” the end. The player then takes another turn and adds tiles to the platform.
Once the player has finished adding tiles, he or she then takes the last tile and plays it. The first tile is usually the double-six. This tile is played in the middle of the table. The next tile is played to the left of the 6-6 tile. The second tile is played to the right of the 6-6 tile. The fourth tile is played vertically, forming the open ends of the 5 and 4. The fifth tile is played to the right of the 5-5 tile.
Once a tile has been played, the player must lay another domino on the table to form a domino chain. The next player takes a domino and matches one of its ends to a part of the first tile. The next player takes a domino, matches one of its ends to a part on the second tile, and so on. The player who plays the last tile is the winner of the game.
The game is usually played with a target score. Players must agree on the target score before the game begins. Each player draws a number of tiles that is based on the number of players. Depending on the game, a player may play any domino in his or her hand, or a player may only play one tile with a particular number on either end of the chain.