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Thursday, 19 March 2009

## All my life like a game...

Hi mates

Today, I would like to answer to Mashin question (from Hobbies day) what domino game is like ? So far, let me begin with short history of this game.

Domino has been mentioned for the first time in China about 10 centuries ago. Further, thanks traders, from the East this game arrived to the Europe. Just about 5 centuries later dominoes become the most popular game in whole Europe. Historically dominoes made of ivory and ebony, but in nowadays, it mostly has made of wood and plastic.

Domino in my family, I guess, become popular approximately in 20 century when my grandmother and grandfather started to play this fascinating game. Then follow my mother and father and all brothers and finally me, when I was just 6 or 7 years old and firstly sat down at the domino table. I do not think that for first time I liked very much that game, because, I guess, I liked better dolls... Anyway every time when missed some player I replaced him. After some time I become very interesting in domino and took a lead.
In general, there are many different various of this game in the world, but I am going to tell you about more classic one (at least I think so), kind of domino I grew up. So, let’s begin.

First of all, you should turn all domino face down and mix them by moving them with hands. After that each player takes 5 dominoes and stands them in safe position so that other players could not seem them. The less your opponent will know and guess more chances for you to win.
First step make player who have the highest double domino and places it in the centre of the table. Sample of double six domino in the middle:

Drawn by Edmund Zeltins

Next player have to add any domino which is good or one end of the domino. For instance, as I placed double six domino, next player may go with domino who has 6 on one end and placed it to the end of first domino.

Drawn by Edmund Zeltins

Accordingly, next one player should tries placed his domino to the free end of dominos on the table.

Drawn by Edmund Zeltins

Per each turn each player may placed just one of his domino. In case when player have not any domino to set to he free end, he must choose one from the pile until he will find one. If not, he must announce to other players ‘I PASS’, and then next player takes his turn. But one who passes may tries on his next turn. If none have the necessary domino to continue a play, the game ends. While there are players who can continue the game go on. Domino game ends when occur one of this situations:
1.Nobody have necessary domino for combination on the table.
2.One player has used all his dominos.

If the number of dominoes wasn't limited, theoretically then this game would be 'never ending story'...

Drawn by Edmund Zeltins

Hallow Ilze, I can say that dominio was my favourite game in my childhood. We used to play domino with my brothers when we lived with our grandmother and grandfather during our vocation. Now my daughter is playing domino with your grandmother at summer cottege. Our life have became so fast that we do not have suffisiant time for such regular entertainment.

Itīs the same game I play with my six years old daughter. She is very good in it and often she wins, grrrrrr.

This game is also famous in our country but i'm not much interested in it.I prefer sudoku

It is interesting game :) Maybe you are the best in it. Thanks to your blog you remind me rule this game, :) best wishes

I am so glad that there ever was such an interesting game in China, hehe. I have never played it before, there is a more popular game named "MaJiang" here which is more like card game. And thank you ilze to introduce us so an smart game, I will try it anyway when I see it next time, lol.

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