Domino, also known as bones, men, pieces or cards, is a game of skill, chance and strategy. The game is played by placing dominoes in a row or in a chain, edge to edge, with one end to the other. Each domino features a pattern of dots or squares, called pips, that identify it and determine its value. The number of pips on each side of a domino ranges from six to none, and the total value of the two matching sides may be specified by the rules of a particular game.
A player scores when the last domino falls, either in his own hand or across his opponents’ hands. In the West, dominoes are typically used in the form of a standard 28-tile double-six set. There are many different games that can be played with dominoes, though the two most popular are Block and Draw.
The first step in creating a domino setup is to consider the theme or purpose of the installation. Hevesh starts by brainstorming images or words that may inspire her. For example, a recent installation was inspired by the concept of “fearlessness.” She then sketches out an idea of how she wants the finished project to look and begins building the dominoes.
After the stock of dominoes is shuffled, each player draws a domino from the stock for his hand. The person who draws the heaviest domino makes the first play. If there is a tie, the player with the highest double or the heaviest domino in his hand wins. The other players may then decide to buy a domino from the person with the highest double or the heaviest, depending on the rules of the game.
Some games require players to count the pips on all the tiles left in the losers’ hands at the end of a hand or the game, and then add that number to the winner’s score. Others only require players to count the pips on the dominoes left in their own hands at the end of a hand or a game.
There are also several ways to score a game of domino, and each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, a player scoring by counting the pips on all the dominoes in his own hand at the end of a hand or he game is more likely to lose his concentration and focus on the numbers, instead of the strategy of the game. This can lead to mistakes, which will affect his or her score. Another method, which is favored by experienced players, is to only count the pips on the dominoes in the losing players’ hands at the end of a hand and game. This will prevent the tendency to over-count and can increase a player’s confidence in his or her own skill.