Dominoes – A Versatile Game That Requires Skill and Patience


Dominoes, cousins of playing cards, are a versatile tool for games that require both skill and patience. From professional domino game competitions to elaborate sets set up for the public to watch, the fling of a single domino can trigger a chain reaction of cascading events that can end up in victory or defeat.

The word domino comes from the Latin dominus, meaning “lord” or “master,” a nod to the ancient blocking game. As a name, it suggests someone who is masterful and careful in their actions, aware of the consequences that each one may have on others.

A domino, or Dominoes, is a small rectangular tile that bears from one to six identifying markings (or pips) on each end, and is blank or identically patterned on the other. A complete domino set consists of 28 such tiles. The pips on a domino can be used to indicate various things, such as the number of points won in a game or the direction in which to place an additional piece. The most common use of the term is in reference to a game played by matching the ends of tiles and laying them down in lines and angular patterns. The first tile to be laid down should straddle the end of the previous domino, and additional pieces are then added on either side of the domino being played. The rules of most domino games dictate that only the exposed ends of a domino can be played, and that any doubles are only playable when positioned cross-ways in the layout (i.e., a two-sided domino must touch a one-sided domino, and a three-sided domino must touch a two-sided domino).

Lily Hevesh, the domino artist featured in the article, started collecting dominoes at age 9 when her grandparents gave her the classic 28-piece set. She quickly became fascinated by creating impressive domino setups, and now has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers to her domino art channel, Hevesh5. She also creates spectacular domino sets for movies, TV shows, and special events like a Katy Perry album launch.

Domino’s new CEO, David Brandon Doyle, was quick to implement changes when he took over the company. He stuck close to the organization’s values, including one that states: “Champion Our Customers.” Among other things, he relaxed the dress code and implemented leadership training programs, and spoke directly to employees about their complaints.

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