Number of Players: 2 - 8
Type of Dominoes Used: Special
Type of Game: Special Domino Set
Game is played with a special set of dominoes that includes a double-9 set (55 pieces) plus 5 extra dominoes, "wildstars," for a total of 60 dominoes and a center starter piece.
Object of the game: To be the first player to dispose of all your dominoes.
Deal: First, shuffle the dominoes, facedown, at the beginning of the game. Then each player draws his hand.
Number of dominoes drawn: If 2 players, draw 20 dominoes each. If 3 to 5 players, draw 10 dominoes each. If 6 to 8 players, draw 7 dominoes each. The remaining dominoes make up the boneyard.
After drawing the needed dominoes at the beginning of each hand, the remaining tiles are set aside to be drawn as needed by the players. This is called the "draw pile." For players' convenience, there may be more than one "draw pile" on the table with each player free to draw from any pile.
All wildstar dominoes are wild and can be substituted for any domino-blank through 9-in horizontal or vertical direction, with these two exceptions:
*The double star (wildstar) may not be used as a center domino.
*The five dominoes played around the center must be matching numbered dominoes-no wildstar. Star dominoes then may be used on all later plays.
The count: Each dot on a domino counts 1 point. (Example: The 6-5 counts 11 points.)
Each wildstar counts 20 points. 0-0 counts 30 points.
The first play of the first round begins with the 9-9 tile. The player holding the 9-9 places that tile in the star center piece to begin the game. Each hand thereafter begins with the next-lowest number double tile. (For example: The first hand begins with the 9-9; the second with the 8-8; and so on, continuing down through the 0-0.)
If no player holds the correct double to begin that round, then the person who shuffled the dominoes draws a domino from the "pile." If the shuffler does not draw the correct double then the drawing continues around the table until one is drawn.
Once the first play of that round has been made, play continues clockwise around the table. The next five plays must be made with tiles that have an end with the same number as the center tile. If a player cannot make a play on the center tile, he must draw a tile from the pile. If the player draws a playable tile, then he may play it. If not, that tile is added to the player's hand and play moves on to the next person.
Once five matching dominoes have been played on the center tile, a player may play any domino from his hand whose end matches the open end of a domino played on the table. A player also has the option of playing a double domino or wildstar domino.
The first player to play all his or her dominoes is the winner of the hand. The other players determine the count of the dominoes remaining in their hands and give their score to the winner of that hand. (See "Partners" if playing as teams.)
In the event the game becomes blocked (no player can make a play), everyone makes a count of their dominoes and that score is added to each person's score or each team's score.
The person winning the previous hand shuffles the tiles for the next hand, and is the first player of the next round.
At the end of the game, the person or team with the lowest score is the winner.
Partners: If an even number of people are playing, they may divide into two teams, sitting alternately around the table. When a member of one team plays the last domino in his hand, only the dominoes left remaining in the hands of the other team are counted and recorded.
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