Dominoes are small rectangular blocks of wood or plastic that are used as a gaming object. The domino game consists of a series of turns played by one or more people with the object of knocking over as many dominoes as possible in a row. There are several different types of domino games, but all have the same goal of achieving a winning combination of pieces before all of them are used up. A traditional set of dominoes has 28 unique pieces, numbered from one to six with blank ends (called “blank” or “zero” in some languages) and marked by dots resembling those on dice. The earliest dominoes were marked with Arabic numerals, but the current system of pips was developed in Europe.
A domino is a game of skill and strategy that has been enjoyed for centuries. Whether you play dominoes for fun or compete in professional domino games, the game offers a test of both patience and concentration. Dominoes also can be used for artistic purposes, with a player creating a domino art display or building 3D structures like towers and pyramids.
The word domino also can refer to the chain of events that occurs when a person begins a new behavior and it leads to a change in related behaviors. This is called the Domino Effect and can be seen in everyday life, such as when someone starts making their bed each day and eventually takes care of other housework.
There are many different games that can be played with dominoes, but the most popular is simply to place the pieces in a long line and then tip them over. As each domino falls, it triggers a chain reaction that results in all of the remaining pieces falling over as well. The resulting pattern is known as domino art, and can be simple or elaborate – from straight lines to curved ones to grids that form pictures to stacked walls.
In addition to the classic blocking and scoring domino games, there are other specialized games as well. For example, a game that involves putting down tiles of matching number and then picking up the pieces that are uncovered is called Concentration. This type of game is especially popular in countries that have banned the use of cards due to religious restrictions. There are even a few domino variants of solitaire and trick-taking games.