Domino is a game played with small rectangular wood or plastic blocks marked with dots similar to dice. Play can range from simple or intricate, with straight lines of dominoes forming patterns or grids; stacking walls; or 3D structures like towers and pyramids. However, it can also become quite complex, involving numerous rules and strategies for players to learn and memorize.
Each player starts the game by drawing one domino from the stock (see “The Stock” below), placing it face down on the table, and following its rules as applicable to that specific domino (referred to as the “sleeper”) for that specific game – this first domino being known as a sleeper that must match up with other dominoes in their hand – the game of domino offers many different rules and strategies; players may even try playing it on various surfaces!
When a player cannot make a play, they simply place all remaining tiles face down. If they do not match any matches in hand, they must either “take a sleeper” or pass their turn to another player.
A double is defined as any domino featuring two matching pip patterns on its one side, and when played it must be covered with another domino that features matching pip patterns on both sides to complete its chain of dominoes and keep going until one player plays an unmatched double domino that breaks its chain. This chain may be broken if another player plays one that doesn’t get covered, possibly breaking off play altogether.
In many games, each player may only use tiles with one pip on its edge for play. If a double play results in one of their opponents having available single-pips tiles that they must then use to break their chain by placing their next tile directly atop it – known as “stitching up” ends of chains.
Some rules require the first play to be initiated by playing the highest domino in one’s hand – a practice known as “making the lead.” For other games, either the winner of the previous round may open play or in case of a tie between players, then whoever holds either the highest doubles or heaviest singles can open play first.
Falling dominoes can also serve to illustrate how electrical impulses travel from nerve cell to nerve cell in our bodies, transmitting from brain to rest of body and other cells that perform specific functions, like muscle cells contracting to move bones or neurones communicating across bloodstream to another part of brain. The Snack Time video illustrates this signaling process through falling dominoes. Implementing new behaviors may seem intimidating at first, but keeping things manageable by starting small changes and keeping up the momentum can enable new behaviors to form naturally over time – like dominoes falling one after another!