Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. The gaming pieces are rectangular tiles with a line dividing the face into two square ends. These end pieces have numbers that indicate how many spots they contain, and the goal is to get all of them to the top. Players take turns trying to get a game piece to the top. The first player to do this wins. Then, they try to eliminate all of the other players’ dominoes and make the game over.
The word domino is derived from the Venetian carnival mask and robe worn by Christian priests during the winter. Its name does not have any connection to the number two. Today, the most common domino games are Texas 42, Domino Whist, and Matador. There are also many forms of the game, including Double Fives and the Mexican Train. It is most popular in Britain, but is also played in other countries.
In addition to its traditional use as a board game, the domino has numerous variations and adaptations. The game began in China in the 16th century. It was invented by a Chinese writer named Zhang Pu. It is played with a set of 32-piece dominoes. Each domino is numbered one through six and can contain as many as twelve different combinations. A traditional set of dominoes contains no blank faces, and represents all possible combinations of dice.