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Block

Also known as the Block Game, Block Dominoes, and Allies.  The simplest of the block-type domino games, played by two to four players using a Double-Six domino set and a score-sheet.

Play:

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws seven tiles that only they can look at.  Any remaining dominoes are set aside and not used in further play.

The lead player sets down the first domino (the double-six, heaviest double, or whatever convention  players have agreed on) and then players in turn lay tiles onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed horizontally onto ends, allowing play to branch four ways, and known as a spinner).

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 total number of pips on any remaining tiles in their hand.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total (say 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 points), wins the game.  

Variations:

Sometimes played with no doubles as spinners, or with the first initially set double played as the only spinner of a round or game.

 

 

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