Dominoes are small, flat, rectangular blocks that can be used as game pieces. They are a variant of playing cards and can be played in many different games, although their basic rules are similar to those of dice or playing cards.

A domino (sometimes called a tile, bone, card, man, or piece) is a rectangular block that has a line down its center. This divides the end of the block into two squares, each of which is marked with an arrangement of spots or pips. The number of pips on each side can range from six pips to none or blank.

Each of the tiles has a unique identity, which is represented by an identifying mark on one side and a blank or identically patterned face on the other. These identifiers are arranged in a variety of patterns, which can be either simple or complex.

These pips can be either random or pre-determined, depending on the design of the game and its rules. For example, in many double six domino sets, the pips on one end are numbered from one to six. Then, a player may play any domino that matches the number of pips on one end, with the exception of blanks.

The pips on the other end may also be numbered. For example, a double six has six pips on its long side and a single six has two pips on its short side.

When a player chooses to play a domino, he places it on the table and draws the other players’ dominoes until he has a set of dominoes with matching values. Once he has all the dominoes with matching values, he plays each of his dominoes.

After the game, the pips on each of his dominoes are counted and he is given a score. The winner is the person with the lowest total of pips at the end of the game.

In addition to being a great way to spend a few minutes, dominoes are an entertaining game that can be played with friends and family. There are a variety of different domino games and variations, including the all-fives game.

There are also more advanced domino games, such as block-and-draw and draw games. In block-and-draw games, dominoes are shuffled and drawn from a collection of discarded dominoes called the boneyard before a game begins.

With draw games, the player who is not able to place a domino must pick an existing domino from the boneyard. This is a variation of the block-and-draw game, and it is more popular in some parts of the world.

Hevesh is a domino artist who creates incredible displays using the laws of physics to get her creations to fall in intricate sequence. She has worked on team projects involving 300,000 dominoes and helped set a Guinness World Record for the most dominoes toppled in a circular arrangement: 76,017.

Hevesh says that one of the most important physical factors in creating a great domino setup is gravity. She says that the force of gravity, which pulls a knocked-over domino toward Earth, sends it crashing into the next domino and triggering a chain reaction.

The Basics of Dominoes