# Playing Dominoes

Whether you’re looking for an easy game to play for family and friends, or are looking to try a new game that you may not have considered, there are plenty of options available for playing dominoes. You can either play traditional European style dominoes or you can choose to play variations that will allow you to find your favorite style. You can also play games that involve blocking and scoring.

## European dominoes

Traditionally, European dominoes were made of ivory, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell, bone, or dark hardwood. They also used materials such as albumen taken from eggs. In the early twentieth century, they used plastics, especially Bakelite.

The earliest mention of dominoes is from the Song dynasty, written in the Former Events in Wulin by Zhou Mi (1232-1298). English mathematician Rouse Ball claimed that they had been used in ancient China.

European dominoes are generally shorter than Chinese dominoes. They also lack the suit distinctions found in Chinese dominoes. The standard European domino set contains 28 tiles. These tiles are divided into six groups, each with a spot count of one to double six.

The first dominoes made in Europe were made by French prisoners of war. In England, dominoes were made during long voyages by sailors.

## Blocking games vs scoring games

Unlike other games where you might need to get your partner to play with you, dominoes allow you to play on your own. There are a lot of games you can play using them, ranging from fun partner games to layout games. The most common types of dominoes sets are Double Six and Double Nine with 28 and 55 tiles, respectively. If you’re playing with more than two players, you should go with the Double Six.

The most important thing to know about domino games is that they are scored after the play is completed. This can be done by counting the number of pips in the losing team’s hand and summarising the number to get a number based on the number of dominoes in each player’s hand.

## Variations

Originally a Chinese game, domino is a family of tile-based games. Each tile has two square ends and a number of spots on each side. Its main purpose is to form a line of tiles and score points.

The game is popular in South America and the United Kingdom. In the UK, a popular variant is called “Fives and Threes.” In this version, players alternately extend the line of play.

There are many variants of domino, with the most popular being the block game, Matador, and Double Fives. They all have slightly different rules.

The block game is the simplest variation and requires only two players. Each player draws seven tiles from stock. They then complete a block of tiles, extending the line of play.