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Hungarian Dominoes

This is a block-type domino game of the Trains family, played with a Double-Six domino set and score sheet, by two to four players.  Unlike most Train domino games Hungarian Dominoes doesn't use a boneyard or allow more than one train to be built in a game.

Play:

At the beginning of a game the lead player is determined by each player drawing a tile from the shuffled set and with the player drawing the highest numbered tile leading in the first round or hand.

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws a number of tiles, that only they can look at, that differs according to the number of players taking part.

  • 2 players draw 12 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 8 tiles each.
  • 4 players draw 6 tiles each.

The remaining four tiles are set aside and not used in further play.

The lead player sets down the first tile and then continues to play tiles onto the open played end of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles not placed horizontally onto ends allowing play to branch four ways).  Once the lead player is unable to play a tile onto the open end of the layout, play passes to the next player in turn who then plays all their playable tiles onto the end of the layout until no more plays can be made.  Play continues like this with each player in turn playing as many of their tiles as they can in their turn.

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.  Players score the total number of pips left in their remaining hand of dominoes.

The lead player passes to the next player in turn for each subsequent round or hand.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total (say 100, 150, 200 or 250 points), loses the game.  Play may continue with the loser being eliminated from the game and with the remaining players playing as before until only one is left, the winner.

This game often ends up blocked because of the four removed tiles not drawn by players.  Develop strategies of playing as many tiles with the greatest possible number of pips and as few trains of sequentially matching tiles as possible.

 

 

 

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