Domino is a board game where players arrange tiles known as spots or “pips,” on a rectangular base and use one domino piece, called “spots,” to cause another domino to topple over and start falling, creating an ongoing chain reaction and complex formations. Domino is popular among both children and adults; both can use tiles to form lines of various lengths and shapes with them as well as stacking pieces to build three-dimensional structures like towers or pyramids.
Domino can be enjoyed on various surfaces, from concrete and tiled floors to bare tables. For optimal play, however, the ideal surface for domino is one with an easily visible grid which enables players to see their spots easily – this is particularly important when playing multiple opponents as players must see each others dominoes and take turns correctly.
There are various domino sets and games, the two most prevalent ones being Bergen and Muggins – each played by two teams of four players with multiple scoring methods including counting how many pips remain in a losing player’s hand at the end of a hand or game.
Lily Hevesh became fascinated with dominoes when she watched her grandparents playing them for the first time at nine years old. Since then, she has become a professional domino artist, sharing videos on YouTube of her intricate creations. According to Lily Hevesh, gravity plays an essential part in creating stunning domino displays through knocked-over dominoes falling to Earth where gravity pulls them back down, starting a chain reaction that leads to her stunning displays.
While most games of dominoes utilize standard 28-tile double-six domino sets, players can also play with larger sets. Hevesh has created giant domino setups for movies, TV shows and events like the launch of pop music albums; her largest projects often take several nail-biting minutes as the dominoes must be precisely arranged before being allowed to fall according to physical laws.
Dominoes were first recorded in Italy and France during the mid-18th century. These early dominoes differed significantly from modern versions as they featured only two parallel sides instead of three; it is thought these early dominoes may have been used to teach children counting by counting spots on each side of a domino.
Playing dominoes can be easily accomplished with two players and a standard 28-tile set. Each player draws tiles from their stock and places them in front of themselves before placing a domino on the table such that its number matches those on one or more adjacent edges of their other dominoes in their hand. They then place down another domino that corresponds with one of these edges before laying another tile over it – this process continues until all 28 tiles have been played out and one player is left standing!