Domino is a type of tile or bone game that originated in Europe. It is played by laying down tiles and trying to match them with the ones laid down by other players. The game can be played with a number of different types of domino sets, from single-sided to double-sided. The most common are “double six” sets, which have one piece for each possible combination of numbers from one to six spots (or pips) on each end.
The most basic game of dominoes involves players placing a domino on the table and trying to place another domino that matches its value. This can be done by putting down a tile that has a number showing on one side and another tile that has a number showing on the other side, or by putting down two different tiles that have a matching number on each of them.
Other rules, such as the number of pips on each side or whether the ends of a domino are blank, can vary between games. In most versions, the player who has the most pips on his or her tiles wins.
While playing the traditional game, players must take turns laying down tiles. When a tile is laid down, the other players must choose a domino from their own set that has a matching number on it and lay that down next to it. The resulting domino chain can gradually become longer, and the player who has the longest chain wins.
A more sophisticated version of the game is the Draw Game, which is popular in some parts of the world. In this game, players take less dominoes in the beginning and can pick sleeping dominoes to add to their set. This can be a lot of work for the first player, who must make sure to find enough dominoes that have a matching value before picking a sleeping one.
Some designers of complex domino installations use multiple types of dominoes in a single installation to create visual effects. These designs may include grids that form pictures when they fall, stacked walls or 3D structures like towers and pyramids.
These designs may be a lot more difficult to make than the more common dominoes used in traditional games, so Hevesh is careful to test each section of the design before it goes up in order to ensure it works properly. Her tests are often filmed to help her make adjustments as needed.
When working with dominoes, the key is to understand how they respond to gravity. Standing them upright gives them potential energy, but when they fall, they release this stored energy and convert it to kinetic energy. This changes the way they move and can cause them to tip over.
This process also creates a domino effect, which is why many children enjoy using them as toys that can be stacked on top of each other to make very complex designs. It is also why many artists make domino art — it can be very beautiful!