Domino is a tile-based game that can be played in many different ways. It is similar to playing cards or dice, but with the added ability of a built-in chain reaction. The individual domino pieces have a number or symbol on one side, and the other side is blank or identically patterned to the adjacent faces. They can be matched with other tiles in such a way that their ends form a line, a snake-line, or a circle. Depending on the game, each domino may be used once or multiple times.
The first time a player places a domino, it must be positioned such that its two matching ends touch or “stick” to each other. Then, it must be played on top of another tile that has its own pair of matching ends touching or sticking to it. This creates a chain, or a domino rally, that gradually increases in length. Each subsequent tile must be positioned so that its end touches or sticks to an end of the previous domino, unless it is a double. This allows the players to continue building the snake-line, or a domino chain, until it is of a certain length.
A domino can be flipped over to reveal the next available spot, which allows the player to make decisions about how to proceed. For example, a double can be used to form a line, or it can be placed in the middle of a row of dominoes to block the path of any other piece.
While most people use domino to play games, it can also be used for art, such as creating a design on the floor with lines or curved rows of dominoes that create pictures. In addition, artists can use domino to make 3D structures such as pyramids and towers.
Like other toys, dominoes can be used for educational purposes to teach children numbers, letters, and words. They can also help develop motor skills by requiring the use of fingers to push or pull the pieces, and the use of a pencil to mark or write on them.
In a 1983 study, University of British Columbia physicist Lorne Whitehead proved that dominoes are much more powerful than we realize. He found that a single domino, 5 millimeters tall and only 1 millimeter thick, can knock over something one-and-a-half times its size. The video below shows Professor Stephen Morris using a similar experiment, with remarkable results.
If you are a writer who uses the Domino Effect in your fiction, you might have to write an outline or use a software program such as Scrivener to help you plot your manuscript ahead of time. However, if you prefer to compose your manuscript off the cuff and see what happens, the Domino Effect can help you build a story that will keep your reader engaged by providing a satisfying ending. Just like the domino, your novel’s ending can be determined by how you set up the scene in the beginning.