Double-Six Dominoes Rules

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Double Six Dominoes follows the rules known as "Muggins" or "The Five Game."

Muggins is played with a double six set of dominoes by two (or more) players. This simulation is limited to two.

To begin play, the dominoes are shuffled face down and each player takes nine dominoes.  The remaining dominoes are placed in the "Bone Yard."  The player with the highest double dominoe plays first.

Play continues as each player takes turns playing dominoes from their hand by matching the number of spots on the dominoes in their hand with the exposed ends of the dominoes in the playfield.

Points are scored when a player causes all exposed ends of the board to total a multiple of five.  For example, if a player starts with the double six and the opponent plays the six-three, the total of all ends of the board equal 15 and 15 points are scored.

Doubles are laid down across the direction of the chain and both ends count as the total of all spots on the double only if the spots are uncovered.  So, for instance continuing our example from above, if the original player then plays the six-two on the other side of the double six, the total would be 5 and 5 points would be scored.  When both middles of a double are covered, the ends may then be played.  The next scoring play in our example would be the six-five (for 10 points) or the six-blank (for 5 points).

To play a dominoe from your hand, click on it to select it (you will see the selected dominoe blinking), then click on the dominoe located on the playing field on which you wish to play your dominoe.  The computer will select the appropriate orientation for your dominoe.

If a player can not play and there are dominoes in the "Bone Yard" that player must draw.  You may draw at any time by pressing the "Draw" button.  If there are no dominoes left and the player still can not play, the player must pass and allow their opponent to play.  Pass by clicking the Draw Button when the Bone Yard is empty.

The round ends when a player has no more dominoes left in their hand or when none of the players can play or draw a dominoe.  The winner of the round is the player who has the least dominoes in their hand at the end of the round (usually zero).  The winner of each round then scores 5 points for each dominoe in their opponents hand above the number of dominoes left in their own hand.  For example, if the Bone Yard is empty, no one can play, I have 1 dominoe left, and my opponent has 4 left, I score 15 points for winning the round.

The game ends when one players score is equal to 250 or more at the end of a round.

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