April 21, 2012

Toy Story: Dominoes

A surge of happy thoughts came flooding in when I saw what my husband bought from Reginas- a box of dominoes.  Dominoes thought me about taking turns and developed strategic thinking. Most importantly, it brought back many joyful times (and verbal fights, too!) I spent with my siblings playing this simple game.

Now that I am a mom, handing down this old favorite is like handing down baton to my children. This toy becomes truly special not for any reason but because it bridges, connects my children from the happy times of my own childhood. The kids enjoy playing with it when Mom and Dad join - they cherish the time when parents are involved.

Although Dominoes appeared in Italy in the early 18th century and spread to the rest of Europe in 1700's, Dominoes are believed to have originated in China in the 12th century. Other theories says it began in Egypt or Saudi Arabia.

The following is a quote from The Dictionary of Daily Wants (1859), describing English dominoes:

DOMINOES. – This game is played by two or four persons, with twenty-eight pieces of oblong ivory, plain at the back, but on the face divided by a black line in the middle, and indented with spots, from one to a double six, which pieces are a double-blank, ace-blank, double-ace, deuce-blank, deuce-ace, double-deuce, trois-blank, trois-ace, trois-deuce, double-trois, four-blank, four-ace, four-deuce, four-trois, double-four, five-blank, five-ace, five-deuce, five-trois, five-four, double-five, six-blank, six-ace, six-deuce, six-trois, six-four, six-five, and double-six. Sometimes a double set is played with, of which double twelve is the highest. At the commencement of the game, the dominoes are well mixed, with their faces downwards. Each person draws one, and if four play, those who choose the two highest are partners, against those who draw the two lowest; drawing the latter also serves to determine who is to lay down the first piece, which is reckoned a great advantage. Afterwards each player takes seven pieces at random. The eldest hand having laid down one, the next must pair him at either end of the piece he may choose, according to the number of pips or the blank in the compartment of the piece; but whenever any party cannot match the part, either of the domino last put down, or of that unpaired at the other end of the row, then he says “go,” and the next is at liberty to play. Thus they play alternately, either until one party has played all his pieces, and thereby won the game, or till the game be blocked; that is, when neither party can play by matching the pieces when unpaired at either end, then that party wins who possesses the smallest number of pips on the pieces remaining. In playing this game it is to the advantage of the player to dispossess himself as early as possible of the heavy pieces, such as a double-six, five, four, &c. Sometimes when two persons play, they take each only seven pieces, and agree to play or draw, that is when one cannot come in or pair the pieces on the board at the end unmatched, he then is to draw from the fourteen pieces in stock till he find one to suit.


1 comment:

  1. nice game!! my kids doesnt know hoy to play with it yet...ang gusto lang gawing shapes etc ehehheh


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