Block Dominoes

Block Dominoes is the basic game of dominoes and is suitable for children and adults. It is similar to Draw Dominoes but is easier for young children to play.

Age: 5+ (as soon as a child can recognise the numbers represented by the spots on a domino tile)

No. of players: 2-4

Equipment: Set of 28 normal (double-six) dominoes

Time: 15 minutes+

Aim: To be the first player to get rid of all their tiles and reach 100 points.

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1. Tiles are placed face down in the centre of the table and moved around to mix them up. Two players take seven tiles at random each while 3-4 players have five tiles each. The remaining tiles are moved to the side of the table (still face down) so they are out of the way of all players. These remaining tiles, which are called the Boneyard, are not used in Block Dominoes. Players look at their tiles but try to prevent other players from seeing their tiles.

2. If one player has the double six, they place it face up in the centre of the table to start the layout. Otherwise, the player with the highest double tile puts it in the middle. If no player has a double tile (which is unlikely) the tile with the most spots is used to start the layout.

3. The next player on the left puts a tile which matches (on one end) the centre tile and so on around the table. Tiles can be added to either end of the layout, but only one tile is added per turn. If a player cannot play a matching tile to either end of the layout, they miss a turn.

4. Play continues until one player has placed all their tiles in the centre. That player then scores all the spots on the remaining players' tiles. If no player can put all their tiles in the layout, the game is a draw and each player scores ten points.

5. The overall winner is the first player to reach 100 points or more.

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