The History of Dominoes
A domino is a small rectangular wood or plastic block marked with dots, similar to dice. A game of dominoes is played with a set of 28 dominos. According to the fifth edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, the word domino is a synonym for “dice.” The game has been played for over four thousand years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company owns all rights to the game.
Xuan He Pai Pu is the earliest known manual written about dominoes
The earliest known written reference to dominoes is found in an ancient Chinese manual written in 1112. It was authored by Qu You, who lived between 1119 and 1125. Xie Zhaozhe (1567-1624), a scholar who wrote about the history of Chinese games, mentions that the game was first played in the year 1112. The earliest known manual about dominoes mentions that the game was invented in the year 1112, making it very likely that the Xuan He Pai Pu game was created in the early 15th century.
European-style dominoes are made of many different materials
The earliest dominoes were made of thin pieces of animal bone affixed to thin ebony pieces. As a result, the pieces were white on one side and black on the other. After the introduction of bakelite, dominoes were made from this material until the 1950s. These days, dominoes are made of cheap wood or common plastic. Due to the ban on ivory, dominoes made of ivory are illegal.
Texas 42 is a trick-taking game
While Bridge is known as a very complex trick-taking game, Texas 42 is very simple. This domino trick-taking game was invented in Texas, and is often referred to as the “national game of Texas”. In fact, the game is so popular that the city of Garner, Texas even created its own flag for it, and it is now the official state game of Texas. It is also one of the oldest games played in Texas.
The domino theory
The domino theory is a concept based on the belief that communism spreads like a domino effect. It was first advanced during the 1950s, when the USSR’s policies in East Asia were influenced by the domino theory. The USSR occupied a large area of Eastern Europe after WWII, and extended its influence to the satellite nations in the form of the Soviet Union. Once the USSR gained control over the Soviet Union’s military, the dominoes would follow suit.
Variations of domino
There are numerous variations of the domino game, with the rules varying between different types. However, the general idea is the same: the player who scores the least number of points at the end of the game is the winner. If that player is eliminated, the loser takes their total and rounds it to a multiple of five. This is referred to as a “domino race.”