The World of Dominoes


If you love playing games with tiles, you might have heard of dominoes. These games are based on a family of rectangular tiles with square ends marked with spots. Each tile has a number that represents the number of spots it has. There are many varieties of dominoes to choose from, including European-style and Fives-and-threes. Read on to learn more about dominoes! And don’t forget to check out Zhou Mi’s reference to dominoes!


When playing this classic game, it’s important to keep track of the numbers of the top-scoring tiles and the ones that your opponent hasn’t yet played. High-scoring dominoes can move from one scoring position to another, allowing you to win. You may also score by adding ends to the layout and by making multiples of three and five. It’s a popular pub game in Britain, where many people play in pub leagues and tournaments. In fact, there’s even a British National Dominoes Championship, started by Keith Masters in 1985. This article has been adapted from Arthur Taylor’s book, “The World of Dominoes.”


The classic black and white design of the double-nine domino is an attractive way to introduce logic and critical thinking to kids and adults alike. A complete set of double-nine dominos comes with this double-nine domino set. A single player starts with a black domino and must beat the other player’s nine to win. After a few games, the game can be adapted to a higher difficulty level.


The European-style domino is made of ivory, bone, or silver-lip oyster shell. The back of the domino is blank except for two spots on each side. Some are marked with a pattern or logo. These dominoes must all have the same back. Other styles of dominoes are made from granite, marble, or soapstone. Wooden dominoes are also common. They are meant for indoor play.

Zhou Mi’s reference to dominoes

The game of dominoes originated in ancient China during the Yuan Dynasty. A 1232-1298 text called the Former Events of Wulin contains a reference to dominoes. This text also mentions dice and dominoes. While the word dominoes has been misinterpreted as ‘dice’, it is actually a reference to the game of dominoes.

Rules of the game

The Rules of Domino are easy to understand, even for novice players. The objective of the game is to create enclosed spaces called ‘cells’, and for every cell you create, you score one point. To help you learn the rules of this game, you can read the Origins of Domino comic book series. This game originated in Venetian carnivals and soon spread to England, France, and southern Germany. It even made it to the United States through French prisoners of war. While the European version of the game differs from the Chinese version, it maintains many of the same features. Today, more than 100 countries play the game.