A domino is a small tile with pips (spots) on one or both sides. The pips are painted, inlaid or silkscreened and form a unique pattern on each domino. These tiles are available in a variety of materials, colors and shapes. Historically, dominoes have been made from bone or silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory or a dark hardwood such as ebony. More recently, dominoes have been produced in a wide range of natural materials, including stone (such as marble or granite), other woods (such as oak or ash), metals, or even ceramic clay. The resulting dominoes usually feel heavier and more substantial than polymer dominoes and may have a more elegant appearance.
While some people may think of domino as an insignificant game, its popularity has expanded throughout the world and it can be found in casinos, restaurants and homes around the globe. The game is a favorite pastime for people of all ages, from children to adults and seniors. It is often played by two or more players on a flat surface, such as a table.
When the first domino falls, much of its potential energy converts to kinetic energy (the energy of motion). Some of this kinetic energy is transferred to the next domino, providing the push needed to knock it over as well. And so on, and so forth. This phenomenon is known as the Domino Effect.
The earliest evidence of dominoes in China is found in the Chu sz yam, an imperial document dated 1120 CE, which states that a statesman invented them for entertainment. The game then spread to France in the early 18th Century where it became a fad.
While there are many different types of domino games, most involve emptying one’s hand while blocking opponents’ play. Some scoring games, such as bergen and muggins, determine points by counting the pips in losing player’s hands. Other play formats include blocking games, such as matador and chicken foot, and Mexican train. There are also many domino educational games, which help students develop number recognition and math skills.
Just like a well-planned domino setup, the way in which a story is told requires careful consideration. Scenes must advance the plot and provide a compelling reason for readers to keep turning the page. Whether you’re a pantster who writes off the cuff or use an outline, paying attention to how scenes are placed will help you create a more compelling story.