Domino is a family of tile-based games. These games are played with rectangular tiles that have two square ends marked with a number of spots. The object of the game is to knock all the tiles down before they reach the end of the board. The game is typically played with a group of four to six people.
The game is originally from China and was first recorded in the early eighteenth century. It soon spread to Austria, southern Germany, and France, where it became a popular game. By the mid-18th century, the game had spread throughout Europe and was even written about in American literature. The name domino first appeared in the Dictionnaire de Trevoux in 1771. The word domino originally had two different meanings in French. The Chinese version of the game is commonly called “5-3” as each domino has five and three all over it, similar to the 5 of clubs.
Some variations of the game are based on other games. Some are trick-taking and solitaire, while others are based on traditional card games. Some countries have religious proscriptions against playing cards, so dominoes were originally played to avoid these restrictions. Some versions of the game even involve a two-player game where both partners have to chip out.
When dominoes fall, the game starts a chain reaction. The dominoes are placed in a row, and if the first one in the row is tipped, the next one will fall. If you don’t have dominoes, you can use other objects as dominoes.
Another type of domino game is called a block or a draw game. In this version, four players choose nine or twelve tiles to start. They then pass the dominoes until they’ve completed a row. In contrast, a block game is played with double-six or double-nine domino sets.
Among the many variations of domino, the traditional set contains a different piece for each possible combination of two ends with a number from zero to six. The highest-value piece is known as the “double-six” set and has six pips on each end. The other two variants are called double-eight and double-seven sets, and have between twenty-eight dominos.
The most basic form of domino requires two players and a double-six set. Players take turns drawing seven tiles from the stock. These tiles are placed on the edge in front of the players so that they can see what their opponents are holding. There are also some variations that use multicolored tiles. The game is often referred to as Five-Up.
When used correctly, the Domino Effect can lead to a transformation in one or many behaviors. In one study, Northwestern University researchers showed that people who reduced their time spent sitting in their chairs were less likely to consume fat. Participants were not instructed to reduce their fat intake, but the lowered time spent in a sedentary position resulted in less mindless eating and improved nutrition habits.