Block Dominoes Rules
Block Dominoes Rules
How To Play Block Dominoes
Number Of Players: 2 to 4
Domino Set Required: Normally uses a double-six set, but larger sets may support more players
Block Dominoes, also known as The Block Game, is the simplest of all domino games, and among
the most familiar. As such is the forerunner of most other domino games.
After shuffling the dominoes, each player draws tiles to make up their hand (the tiles are kept face
down, since the other players must not see them). The number of tiles drawn depends on the
number of players:
2 players draw 7 tiles each
3 players draw 6 tiles each
4 players draw 5 tiles each
The remainder of the tiles in the boneyard are not used. If there are four players, then they may play
as partners, with the partners normally sitting across from each other.
In the first round, the youngest player places the first domino (afterwards, the starting player is the
clockwise next player from the starting player of the last round). Play proceeds to the left
(clockwise). Each player adds a domino to an open end of the
layout, if he can. In the illustration to the right, for instance,
the game is well in progress, and the "blank" and "1" are the
open ends. Note that the layout may flow in any direction,
turning as necessary. Note also that the 5-5 and 1-1 are placed
in crossways orientation.
A player that cannot make a move must pass. In the block game, players may not draw tiles from
the boneyard. The game ends when one player uses the last domino in his hand, or when no more
plays can be made. If all players still have tiles in their hand, but no more moves can be made, then
the game is said to be "blocked".
The player with the lightest hand (i.e. the number of spots on their dominoes) wins the sum of all
spots in all of his opponents hands, minus the spots in his own hand. If there is a tie, the win goes to
the player with the lightest individual tile. For example, if one player has a 1-2, 2-4, and 3-5, and
the other player has a 5-5 and a 3-4, they both have a total of 17, but the first player wins because
his lightest tile (1-2) is smaller than the second player's lightest tile (3-4).
Games are often played in a number of rounds, where the score in each individual round (or hand)
is added to the score in the previous rounds. When one player's total score exceeds 100, the game is
over and the winner declared.
Double-Six Dominoes
A domino game is played with a set of tiles intended for that game. The set of tiles consists of a
fixed number of pieces known as tiles. The tiles in a domino set are identical in size and shape.
Each tile has two sides, the face and the back. The backs of the tiles in a domino set are
indistinguishable. The faces of the tiles in a domino set are unique and divided into two halves. The
set of tiles that make up the domino set will be known to all of the players using that domino set.
A set of double-six dominoes is the most popular size of dominoes set. A double-six set allows you
to play most of the traditional domino games. With 28 tiles, a double-six set is easier to manage
than some of the larger sets, and takes up less space on a table-top.
In a double-six domino set, the number of spots on the tiles ranges from 0 (or blank) to 6. Given
two tiles, the lighter tile is the one whose sum of spots is less (e.g., 1-2 is lighter than 1-3). If the
sum of the spots is equal, the tile having the half with the smallest number of spots is the lighter tile
(e.g., 0-3 is lighter than 1-2).
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