Family Fun Giant Foam Dominoes
Just like the traditional game, but these dominoes are resized to giant proportions and made from durable foam!
Great fun for sunny days in the garden, park or beach..
Shuffling The Dominoes
Before a game or hand begins, the dominoes must be shuffled, so that no one knows the location of any given tile. Typically, the tiles are shuffled by turning them all face-down on the table, then moving them around in a random motion, being careful not to lip over any of the pieces.
Beginning A Game
Before a game begins, the players have to determine who has the first move. This happens in one of two ways: each player choses a domino at random rom the pile of dominoes, with first move going to the player holding the highest domino or the players can toss a coin.
Once the players begin drawing lines, they are typically placed on -edge befroe the players, so that each player can see his own tiles, but none can see the value of other player tiles. Ever player can run thus see how many tiles remain in the other players hands at all times during gameplay.
Placing The First Tile
Once all the players have drawn their dominoes, the first player places the first tile on the table. Typically, this is the double-six. If no one holds the double-six, then the double-five is played and so on.
Playing Subsequent Tiles
in most domino games, only the open ends of a layout are open for play. An end is open when it has no other tile connected to it. Often a double is placed cross ways in the layout, straddling the end of the tile that it is connected to. Usually, additional tiles can only be placed against the long side of a double. However, the rules of some games consider all four sides of a double to be open, allowing dominoes to be connected in all four directions.
As the turn passes from player to player, if someone cannot make a move, they can do one of two things, based on the game being plaoyed. In block games (or if there are no tiles left in the pile), a player must pass if he cannot make a move. In a draw game, a player can draw a tile from the pile. Depending on the game, he can then either play it (if it fits, and if the rules allow), pass (if he cannot play the drawn tile), or continue drawing until he can make a move or the pile is empty. Currently, most rules allow the pile to be emptied completely. However, some rules do not allow the last two tiles in the pile to be removed and at the end of a game, the winner receives the value of the tiles in the pile.
Ending a Game
A game ends either when a player plays all his tiles or when a game is blocked. When a player plays his last turn, tradition requires him to say domino. When this happens, the other players are said to have ben dominoed. A game is blocked whn no player is able to add another tile to the layout. When playing a multi-round game, domino games are typically scored by awarding the number of pips on opposing player's tiles to the winner. Doubles may be counted as one or two (if one, a 6-6 counts as 6; if two, a 6-6 counts as 12), and double blank may either count as 0 or 14. These rule variations must be agreed upon before the game begins! The player who reaches the target score(100, 200 or whatever is agreed on among the players), or the player who amasses the most points is a given number or rounds wins the game.