# The Basics of Playing Dominoes

The game of dominoes is a family of tile-based games. Known more popularly as gaming pieces, dominoes are rectangular tiles with square ends and a number of spots engraved on them. Players play this game in pairs or groups of fours. Each player will try to accumulate the most points by placing dominoes in a row or column.

## Xuan He Pai Pu is the earliest known manual written about dominoes

The earliest known manual written about dominoeses is Xuan He Pai Pu, which was written around the 14th century by the Chinese player Qu You. The book contains detailed descriptions and examples of how to play the game. It is thought that dominoes were invented in China, probably in the thirteenth or fourteenth century.

The game of dominoes dates back to ancient China. A fourteenth century Chinese manual named Xuan He Pai Pu describes the game and mentions its invention in 1112. In the fourteenth century, Qu You wrote the earliest known manual on dominoes, which listed the types of dominoes, including the earliest known set of twenty-eight pieces. However, today’s European version of the game is more complex with different rules and a different scoring system. This new version will allow the game to be played by two players.

## Double-six set is the most common set

Double-six set is the most basic set of dominoes. It is played with two players and consists of double-six domino tiles. Players take turns picking their dominoes from the stock. The first player is usually determined by a drawing of lots or by having the most dominoes in his or her hand. Normally, the first tile that is placed on the table is a double-six.

There are also double-nine and double-twelve sets. These sets are slightly more complicated than double-six sets, but have different numbers of tiles. Double-nine sets, for example, have nine tiles in them and require the players to pick twelve tiles. The double-six set is the most common. It is the most common set used for domino games.

## Game is played in pairs or fours

Chess is an ancient board game played in pairs or fours. It is a game of strategy and luck. The lowest score wins and the highest score loses. If the scores are tied, no points are awarded. Eventually, one player will score more than the other, and that player wins. The game is played using a full handicap; therefore, it is suitable for four players with similar handicaps.

Players start by looking at their cards. Pairs are discarded, and players who have three of a kind or four discard the third card. The dealer then offers a hand to the player on his or her left. This player then randomly picks up a card from the dealer and puts it down on the table. If the card is a match, the player keeps it. The game continues this way until no pairs remain.

## Scoring system

Scoring in domino games is based on the way the dominoes are placed. Normally, the doubles must be placed so that two matching ends are adjacent. However, some players play the doubles cross-ways. If this is the case, the tiles played to the doubles must be played perpendicular to the double that is exposed at the middle. In many cases, domino chains develop at random. These shapes are influenced by the players’ whims, and also the limitations of the dominoes and playing surface.

The scoring system of domino games differs from game to game. In most versions, the object is to prevent the opponent’s hand from forming. Alternatively, the scoring system can be based on counting the pips on the losing player’s hand. This scoring system is most popular in Singapore, where many people play the game.