Playing Dominoes With a Professional Artist
Domino is a game that involves stacking dominoes on end in long lines. When a domino is tipped over, it causes the next domino in line to tip over and so on, creating a chain reaction that can lead to complex and impressive designs. Domino is an absorbing activity that can help develop motor skills, visual memory and counting. It’s also an excellent tool for teaching children the value of persistence and the importance of following rules.
Hevesh first started playing with dominoes at age 9. She was fascinated by the way a domino could be set up in straight and curved lines, then flicked to create a chain reaction that would cause the entire line to fall over. Her fascination with this simple toy eventually led her to become a professional domino artist, and her YouTube videos of her mind-blowing domino installations have garnered her more than 2 million subscribers.
In addition to setting up her own projects, Hevesh also works on team domino projects for film and television. She’s worked on installations involving more than 300,000 dominoes, and she helped establish a world record for the most dominoes toppled in a circular arrangement: 76,017 dominoes. Her biggest installations take several nail-biting minutes to complete.
While a lot of different games can be played with dominoes, there are some basic rules that must be followed to ensure fair play. The most important rule is that each player must draw the number of tiles specified in the rules for the particular game being played. These tiles are then placed on-edge before the players, so that each player can see his own tile but others cannot see the pips on theirs. Typically, the first player to play (determined by drawing lots, by the player holding the highest double, or by the winner of the last game played) places the first domino on the table.
When the initial domino is laid, it must be matched up with its matching pair, or “chipped out.” The players then proceed to play their hands in turn, removing any tiles they are unable to use from their hand as they go along. The first player to play all of his tiles or reach a specified score wins the game. Some domino games are scoring games, such as bergen and muggins, while others involve blocking opponents’ plays by laying certain types of dominoes before their opponent can make a move.
Some dominoes have special markings that allow them to be used for specific purposes, such as making a cross or a king. These markings must be taken into account when determining which domino to play, especially if the domino is only available in one color. Other rules of the game may specify that a double must always be played before a single, or that a single-blank must never be played before a double. These rules must be agreed upon by the players before the game begins.