# The Basics of Domino

Domino is a popular game with many variants. Each of these games has its own rules and strategy. The most popular ones are bidding games, blocking games and scoring games. The scoring methods differ, but in most of them, the number of pips on the tiles left in the losing player’s hands at the end of the hand or the game is added to the winner’s score. The total number of pips may be calculated using one or both ends of a double, as the case may be.

The first domino is called the lead, while the other dominoes are called the stock or boneyard. After the lead has been played, the other players draw dominoes from the stock to fill their hands and play them in turn. The rules of each variant specify how the tile must be played. Some have the rule that a tile must be played on its own, while others require two adjacent tiles to form a double or triple. The number of pips on the ends of the tiles is important for determining how the domino must be played, as well as the number of points scored by the player.

A domino is a rectangular tile with either two or four dots on each side. Its width is normally twice that of its height. A domino has a line in the middle to divide it visually into two squares, each having a value of up to six pips. The values on the ends vary from one to zero or blank, and each domino in a set has a unique value.

After a domino is played, the matching halves of the tiles join to form a line, which is known as a string or a line of play. Each domino has an open end, which is the opposite of the other open end of the other dominoes in the line of play. The open ends of the dominoes may match, but they do not have to match. If a domino has two matching open ends, it is considered to be a spinner, and counts as both its two sides.

A domino effect in fiction is the chain reaction that occurs when one scene in a story causes another scene to follow it. The domino effect makes a story compelling because the reader wonders what will happen next. Whether the writer is writing off the cuff or composing a carefully written outline, he or she should consider how to use the domino effect in the novel. This process is helpful to ensure that all the scenes in a novel logically connect and that the emotional beats progress and shift as they should. This will help the novel to flow smoothly. It will also help readers understand the logic behind characters’ actions, especially if those actions run counter to societal norms. For example, a character shooting a stranger or having an affair would need to provide sufficient motivation and/or reason for readers to forgive the action and continue to like that character.