The Basics of Domino
Domino is a game that involves placing tiles (also called dominoes, bones, cards, men, or pieces) edge to edge to form totals. There are different types of dominoes, ranging from small (about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide) to large (about 3/8inch thick). The most common set has 28 tiles.
A domino is a rectangular tile that has a line down the center, which divides it into two squares, each with a number on one end and blank on the other. The numbers range from 0 to 6 in most domino sets. In some cases, a domino can have more than one value; in these cases, the sum of the values is considered the “rank” or weight of the tile.
Some dominoes also feature a “pip” at each end, which is a visual representation of the number on one side and a numerical value on the other. A pip can be a single pips, or it can be a double pips (also known as a “spot”) on the end of the tile that is closer to the number on one side.
Players take turns laying the tiles, or dominoes, on the table and trying to score by putting two matching dominoes together. If the matching dots total a multiple of five, the player is awarded that number of points.
When a player makes a mistake and misses a tile, they can use the next available tile to make it match. If the next tile can’t be used because of space constraints, a player may play a ‘double’ or’spinner’ domino to make the correct pair. This is often done because a spinner can be rotated to make the open ends of each side match.
The game can be played with a single player or with two players. The rules are the same in both cases, but players choose the number of tiles they take at the start. In a single-player game, four players would each pick 12 tiles, while in a two-player version, nine tiles are taken at the start.
In a double-six set, the pips range from six to 6. These tiles are usually made of wood or plastic, but sometimes are carved out of stone.
Despite their size, dominoes have a lot in common with dice. They have a tendency to resist motion, but a small amount of force can knock them over.
This effect is called the domino effect and is a metaphor for how concentrating energy on one activity can move others forward. It’s a useful lesson for people of all ages.
The domino effect is one of the most important lessons for leaders to understand. It illustrates how a simple action can spread its impact across the entire organization.
For example, if our soccer team wins against its biggest rivals, it can create a domino effect of goodwill in the community, encouraging others to join the team. The positive effects can extend to other organizations, schools, and businesses, making the domino effect a powerful metaphor for leadership.