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Austrian Dominoes

A block-type domino game played with a reduced Double-Nine domino set, by two or three players, with a score sheet.

Play:

Before play begins, all the doubles are removed from the set, leaving a deck of 36 tiles.

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws a number of tiles that only they can look at.

  • 2 players draw 8 or 9 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 7 tiles each.

Any remaining tiles are used as the boneyard and may be drawn upon by players during the course of play.

The lead player sets down the first domino and then players in turn lay tiles onto the sides of matching ends in a double line of play that looks like brick-work.  Should a player be unable to set a domino from their hand onto the layout, they must continue drawing tiles from the boneyard until they are able to play one or the boneyard is exhausted.

Once a player has dominoed by setting their last tile, or the game is blocked with no player able to set a tile, the round is over and the player who dominoed or has the lowest total of pips left in their hand, is the winner of that round.  The winner of a round then scores the total number of pips on all the other players' dominoes, minus the pip total on any remaining tiles in their hand.

The winner of a round goes first in the next.  A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total (say 50, 100, 150, or 200 points), wins the game.  

Variations:

Another version is played without players drawing from the boneyard when unable to make a play.  In this version, players draw the following number of tiles at the start of each round.

  • 2 players draw 11 or 12 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 8 or 9 tiles each.
  • 4 players draw 8 tiles each.
 
 

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