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Sedma

Sedma is Czech for "seven".  This game is a point-type variation on the block-type domino game One-Armed-Joe, played by four players, using a Double-Six domino set and cribbage board or score sheet.

Play:

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws a hand of seven tiles leaving no tiles left to form a boneyard.

The lead player sets down any double he chooses or in the case they don't hold one, the next player in turn tries to set one, and so on, until a double is set.   Then players in turn lay tiles onto one, and only one, open end of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed inline onto ends and not allowing play to branch four ways). If a player can't play a tile onto the layout they must pass on their turn.

Players score points every time they play a double, scoring 1 point for the double played plus another point for every other double already played on the layout with a lower pip total.  Doubles rank in ascending order 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 0-0 with the double-blank ranking both highest and lowest.  The highest possible score for a turn is 7 points when the double-blank is played after all the other doubles.

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.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total of 60 points, wins the game.  

For example:

  • 1-1 The lead player always scores 1 point for the initially set double.
  • 1-1 1-2 The second player scores nothing.
  • 1-1 1-2 2-4 The third player scores nothing for their turn, too.
  • 1-1 1-2 2-4 4-4 The fourth player scores 2 points.
  • 1-1 1-2 2-4 4-4 4-0  The first player in their next turn scores nothing.
  • 1-1 1-2 2-4 4-4 4-0 0-0 The second player in their next turn scores 3 points since the double-blank ranks higher than double-one and double-four.
  • 1-1 1-2 2-4 4-4 4-0 0-0 0-6The third player in their next turn scores nothing.
  • 1-1 1-2 2-4 4-4 4-0 0-0 0-6 6-6 The fourth player in their next turn scores 4 points since the double-six ranks higher than all the other played doubles.
 
 

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