The Art of Playing Dominoes


Dominoes are one of those rare toys that stand the test of time and still entertain children today. They’re a fun way to pass the time, and are even used for training motor skills. The simplest domino set has just two sides, but a number of different types of games can be played using the same basic rules. Some of these games are designed to be played with multiple players, while others require only one player.

When playing domino, a gamer needs to draw a number of tiles from the stock before making the first play. The player who draws the heaviest tile (or the highest double, depending on the rules of the game) begins play. If there is a tie, it is broken by drawing new dominoes from the stock.

Generally, a player must place his or her tile so that the two matching ends are adjacent, except when a double is placed. The open end of the last tile played should also be facing up, unless it is a spinner, which can be played on all four sides. A player may choose to buy a tile from the stock, depending on the rules of the particular domino game being played.

Hevesh makes test versions of each of the pieces to ensure that each will work as intended, and she films the process in slow motion for precise corrections. Once each piece is built and tested, she puts it together in the order of their size and complexity, starting with the largest 3-D sections. She then adds flat arrangements and finally, lines of dominoes connecting the whole installation.

As a child, Hevesh stumbled upon her grandmother’s collection of dominoes and realized that if you lined them up they could make a cool shape. From then on, she became fascinated with creating intricate patterns with the dominoes.

A domino is a small rectangle-shaped, rectangular-edged tile with a number of dots or pips on one end. Each side of the domino has a matching end with the same number of dots or pips. There are many games that can be played with these dominoes, including strategy games and memory games.

While Domino’s had a high turnover rate among employees, the company was committed to listening to customers and making changes to address their concerns. As a result, the company was able to increase employee retention rates and improve customer service.

The word “domino” is thought to be derived from the Latin dominium, meaning crown or cap. In English, the word later referred to a long hooded cloak worn with a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade. In French, the word had an earlier sense that linked it to a priest’s black domino contrasting with his white surplice. In any case, the word soon came to mean a powerful or influential person. The term was popularized in the United States by Admiral William H. McRaven in his 2014 commencement speech to University of Texas at Austin graduates.