Domino is a type of game where players try to get as many tiles as they can in a row. The game was first invented in Italy and quickly spread to Austria, Germany, and France.
It is a fun, fast-paced game that can be played by anyone. In the most basic form, it is played with a 28-piece set of dominoes. The first two players draw seven of the tiles from the stock, which is shuffled face down.
Those tiles are then placed on a table or other surface. The player must then play each tile so that it will touch one of the two matching ends. If a tile is a double, it must be played cross-ways across the chain of dominoes so that it touches one of the ends of each of the remaining four tiles.
The tiles must also be played so that they are adjacent to each other. This is necessary to ensure that the line of dominoes continues.
A player must place the tile so that it has the same number of pips (spots) on both sides, which can be from 0 to 6. In European domino sets, these numbers are usually called “double six” or “double eight” values.
Traditional dominoes are typically made of bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (MOP), ivory or a dark hardwood such as ebony. Some are painted or inlaid with contrasting black or white pips.
Some modern dominoes are made of polymer, but they often have a heavier weight and feel more substantial. They are also much cheaper than their wood counterparts and can be easily recycled if they become damaged.
Another advantage of polymer dominoes is that they are not affected by humidity and can be stored indefinitely. However, they are not as strong or durable as wooden dominoes, and they can break when dropped onto the floor or thrown.
In addition, they may be harder to re-stack than their wood counterparts and may break when struck by a mallet. The plastics used in some modern dominoes can be brittle and can crack, especially when they are stacked on top of each other or in an enclosed container.
This can be dangerous to both the player and the dominoes if it happens accidentally. The force of gravity pulls a knocked-over domino toward the ground, which could cause it to crash into another domino and start a chain reaction.
Despite the potential dangers, many people still enjoy playing dominoes. It is a great way to get some exercise while having a good time with friends and family.
Lily Hevesh, a professional domino artist and YouTube star with more than 2 million subscribers, started playing dominoes at age 9 when her grandparents gave her a classic 28-pack. She loved setting up the dominoes in a straight or curved line, flicking them, and watching them fall.
Once she had learned to use her creativity and master the mechanics of the game, Hevesh began creating elaborate displays for events, movies, and TV shows. She also created a Guinness World Record for the most dominoes toppled in a circular arrangement: 76,017.