## The Basics of Dominoes

Dominoes are rectangular pieces of wood or plastic that have a line in the middle to divide them into two squares, called ends. Each domino has a number of spots, or pips, on one side and no spots or blanks on the other.Most dominoes are made with a double-six (28 tiles) layout; however, some sets have a higher or lower set of pips. These sets are referred to as extended or extra-large dominoes and can be purchased on the Internet.These extra-large dominoes have the ability to form pairs with other dominoes, i.e. any pair that has a total of twelve pips on each tile can be matched with another domino.The basic rules of a game of dominoes are that each player takes seven dominoes from the stock, which is called the boneyard. The first player plays the first domino and attempts to match it with any other domino in his hand that has an end with a matching number of pips.Once the first player has successfully played a domino, the other players then take turns placing a new tile in front of him. The new tile can only be matched with a domino that has an end with the same number of pips as the previous domino, and it must be placed next to it.If the new tile has no matching end, it is called a blank or wild domino and can't be matched with any other domino. Some people prefer to ascribe no value to these blanks, while others want them to have the same value as the other dominoes in the game, so they can be paired with other tiles.Some players may prefer to play a different variation of the game, known as the Draw Game. In this game, each player starts with a smaller set of dominoes than the other players and they take less dominoes during the game until the players run out.As players play more dominoes, they start to build a chain of dominoes that grow larger as more and more are laid down. Eventually, all the dominoes in the chain will touch, creating an “L” shape on the playing surface.These large dominoes can also be stacked on top of each other in long lines, creating a variety of mind-blowing designs. These structures are referred to as the domino effect and can be fun for both children and adults alike.The domino effect is a powerful concept that can be applied to your life and work. It can help you identify tasks that will have a positive impact on your future.You can also use it to pick the right dominoes for your goals, making the process of getting them done more manageable. Whether you're working on a financial plan, a project, or anything else, it can be helpful to focus on the dominoes that will have a big impact and that can have a positive ripple effect on your goals.