DOMINOES RULES

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Glossary
 General Gameplay - Four-Player Gameplay - The Spinner

Gameplay
If you are playing with a Double Six set, each player starts with seven bones. If you are using a Double Nine set, each player starts with nine bones. All the remaining bones not dealt out before the hand form what is called the Boneyard. A player can draw from the Boneyard if the player does not have any bones in their hand that they can play.

First Play
When you start a game of Dominoes, the player with the highest double starts by playing that bone. Each player then takes turns placing bones on the table. Players score when the total of the ends of the chain is divisible by five. The sum of the ends is called the "Board Count" and is shown below the board. If you place a bone that sets the Board Count to a multiple of five, you score that many points. The game can be played to 100, 250, or 500 points and consists of several rounds. The player that places the last bone starts the next round and can play any bone. If the round ends in a stalemate, the player with the highest double starts the next round.

Placing Bones
Bones can only be placed on the end of a matching bone. For example if player one starts play with a then player two must play a bone that has either a 3 or a 2 on one side.

 Bones are placed end-to-end by matching the numbers. If player 1 plays a 3/2 player 2 could play any tile with a 3 or 2. In this case player 2 played the 5/3 Bone.

If a player does not have any bones that can be played, he or she must draw from the Boneyard until they draw a bone that can be played. If the Boneyard has no bones left to draw and a player cannot play, then the player's turn is skipped. The round ends when one player has played all the bones in his or her hand. If neither player can play or draw, the round is also considered over. The player or team with the fewest number of dots on all their bones wins that round. The player or team that wins the round - either by playing all their bones or having the fewest number of dots on his or her bones - receives the score of the total of the other players' bones rounded to the nearest multiple of five.

Y_Gameboy has no valid move so he must draw until he gets a bone he can play.

At the end of each round, the winner scores points for the dots left in his or her opponent's hand, rounded to the nearest multiple of five. If the winner has won the round in a stalemate, they gain the amount of dots in the opponent's hand minus the amount in his or her hand, rounded to the nearest multiple of five.

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