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. Setup 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. Gameplay 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". Scoring 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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