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Threes and Fives

A point-type domino game for two to four players, using a Double-Six domino set and a score-sheet.  A very close relation to both Threes and Fives.


The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws 7 tiles that only they can look at.  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 (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). 

Players score points every time they play a tile onto the layout and the pips on the open ends total a multiple of 3 or 5.  If the total number of pips on the open ends is a multiple of only 3 or only 5 they score that number of points, but if the total number is a multiple of both 3 and 5, they score double that number of points.  For example, if the layout's open ends total 6 (3 x 2 = 6) they score 6 points; if the open ends total 10 (5 x 2 = 10) they score 10 points; if the open ends total 30 (3 x 10 = 30 and 5 x 6 = 30) they score 60 (30 + 30).  Players scores are recorded on the score-sheet as play progresses.

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 dominoes in their hand.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score (usually) 251 points, wins the game.  


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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